Sensational Reviews for A Chorus Line at London Palladium

Sensational Reviews for A Chorus Line at London Palladium

Updated On: Sep 20, 2017
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    After two weeks of previews, the West End was buzzing in anticipation of A CHORUS LINE opening at the London Palladium on Tuesday 19 February.

    Edward Seckerson of The Arts Desk gave the show FIVE STARS, saying:“The intricacy of the staging is breathtaking, the choreographic thrills many and varied.”

    “Ensemble is everything in A CHORUS LINE and this London cast deliver on so many levels” he said, pointing to Leigh Zimmerman's Sheila, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt's "feisty" Diana, John Partridge as the authoritative Zach, and “the excellent Gary Wood” as Paul. “Scarlet Strallen's terrifically committed and wonderfully danced Cassie,” and “her big showstopper "The Music and the Mirror"... will always set the pulse racing.”

    The production has also received FOUR STARS from the Daily Mail, Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and Metro.

    Charles Spencer of The Telegraph reflected: “The startling simplicity of the show still impresses. A troupe of 23 dancers is auditioning for a musical… The audience is kept guessing as to who will make it.” He said, A CHORUS LINE “brilliantly evokes the glitz and grim of showbiz,” and “the climactic staging of the show's big number "One (Singular Sensation)"… is a glimpse of showbiz heaven.”

    Audiences have been looking forward to hearing such classics as "One (Singular Sensation)", "What I Did For Love" and "At The Ballet" live on the London stage for the first time since it opened at Drury Lane's Theatre Royal in 1976, winning the Olivier for Best Musical.

    Following the death of composer Marvin Hamlisch last August 2012, Andrew Lloyd Webber (owner of the London Palladium) said: “This classic Broadway production has not been seen in the West End for almost 35 years. Marvin Hamlisch was a great friend and supporter in my early career and I can think of no more fitting tribute to him than this major revival.”

    The show revolutionised Broadway, winning nine Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, the New York Critic's Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming the longest running musical in Broadway history.

    This revival is directed by the show's original co-choreographer Bob Avian. Another CHORUS LINE alum Baayork Lee, who was Broadway's first Connie Wong, has returned as choreographer to work on this production with Avian.

    With so much pedigree, it would seem that history is on the side of this long-awaited revival. Amidst jukebox musicals and film-to-stage adaptations, London theatregoers have been anxiously awaiting – like dancers at an audition – for a classic, good ol' fashioned musical. Upstage front and centre is A CHORUS LINE ready to give fans a real taste of showbiz.