The musical centering around 17 dancers auditioning for the chance of a lifetime; A CHORUS LINE, will receive its first West End revival at the London Palladium in 2013.
A CHORUS LINE originally opened at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on July 25, 1975. Featuring a score by the late Marvin Hamlisch and a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, the production earned the Pulitzer Prize and nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The production ran for 6,137 performances before closing on April 28, 1990.
The first West End production of the musical opened at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1976. The London production won the Olivier Award for Best Musical of the Year, the first year the awards were presented, and ran for three years. The London Palladium will host the revival from February 2, 2013 through to June 29. The revival will be directed by the show’s original co-choreographer Bob Avian. Casting will be announced at a later date.
By special arrangement with John Breglio, who produced the 2006 Broadway revival and is the executor of the musical's creator Michael Bennett's estate, the show will be produced by Mark Goucher, Adam Kenwright, ACT Productions, Tim Lawson, Daniel Sparrow and Mike Walsh productions.
The announcement of this upcoming production follows composer Marvin Hamlisch's death last month, August 7, 2012. In a statement, Andrew Lloyd Webber said he could think of nothing more fitting as a tribute to Hamlisch "than this major revival."
A CHORUS LINE is "One Singular Sensation" that garnered virtually every award imaginable, including the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize. This groundbreaking musical, set during an audition for an upcoming Broadway show, shines a light on the hopes, fears and dreams of performers vying for a chance to do what they all know they were born to do. A CHORUS LINE is an enthralling and emotional metaphor for what drives each of us to achieve our dreams.
A CHORUS LINE opened off-Broadway at The Public Theater on April 15, 1975. At the time, the Public Theatre did not have enough money to finance the production. They borrowed $1.6 million in order to produce the show. The show was directed and co-choreographed (with Bob Avian) by Michael Bennett.
Advance word had created such a demand for tickets that the entire run sold out immediately. Producer Joseph Papp moved the production to Broadway, and on July 25, 1975 it opened at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 6,137 performances until April 28, 1990. The production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning nine: Best Musical, Best Musical Book, Best Score (Hamlisch and Kleban), Best Director, and Best Choreography, Best Actress (McKechnie), Best Featured Actor (Sammy Williams), Best Featured Actress (Bishop) and Best Lighting Design. The show won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, one of the few musicals ever to receive this honor, and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play of the season.
In 1976, many of the original cast went on to perform in the Los Angeles production. Open roles were recast and the play was again reviewed as the 'New' New York Company which included Ann Reinking, Sandahl Bergman, Christopher Chadman, Justin Ross (who would go on to appear in the film), and Barbara Luna.
When it closed, A Chorus Line was the longest running show in Broadway history until its record was surpassed by Cats in 1997 and Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera in 2002. On September 29, 1983, Bennett and 330 A CHORUS LINE veterans came together to produce a show to celebrate the musical becoming the longest-running show in Broadway history. A CHORUS LINE generated $277 million USD in revenue and had 6.5 million Broadway attendees. Since its inception, the show's many worldwide productions, both professional and amateur, have been a major source of income for The Public Theater.
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