About the showThe classic Broadway musical A Chorus Line comes to the historic London Palladium from February 2013. In the first ever West End revival since the seminal 1976 production which won the Olivier Award for Best Musical, Bob Avian’s new production has already delighted audiences on Broadway, and is set to light up the West End once more. The London transfer has been eagerly anticipated, and Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose production company Really Useful own the London Palladium is ‘delighted’ to welcome the musical to the home of London’s family entertainment. The show will be a fitting tribute to its composer Marvin Hamlisch who died in 2012.
The show follows the journey of a group of dancers auditioning to be apart of a Broadway musical. As they progress through each stage, their personal stories open up and as the director asks them about their past we are greeted with a number of moving and comedic anecdotes. The show features a score of Broadway standards, including ‘At the Ballet’, ‘What I Did for Love’ and of course, the iconic ‘One (Singular Sensation)’. Originally conceived by Michael Bennett, the show was based on a number of interviewed sessions with Broadway 'gypsies' who provided the stories that feature in the show. These honest portrayals became vignettes, focusing on a wide age range and type of performer. This production is based on the 2006 Broadway revival, which was also directed by Bob Avian.
The cast features Scarlett Strallen as Cassie, who has recently been seen in the West End as Kathy Seldon in Singin in the Rain, and John Partridge as the director Zach. Leigh Zimmerman stars as Sheila along with Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Diana. They are joined by Alice Jane Murray and Marc Leslie who were chosen from hundreds of hopefuls who attended open auditions at the London Palladium.
Who Should See It?A Chorus Line is a classic Broadway musical and will appeal to those who enjoy phenomenal dancing, stirring songs and inspirational stories. Anyone with any connection to the theatre world will appreciate the gruelling process and will be able to empathise with each of the characters. Those coming to the show for the first time will be blown away by concept and Bob Avian’s fresh yet considerate production.
The show is not recommended for younger children as it does contain some adult themes. Please note that children under the age of 5 will not be permitted into the theatre.
CharactersZach - the Director who is running the audition and has been romantically involved with Cassie.
Mike Costa - An Aggressive Tap Dancer who learnt dance from his sister's dance school. Sings 'I Can Do That'.
Cassie Ferguson - Once a successful solo dancer, now looking for a job in the ensemble. Has had a previous romantic entanglement with Zach. Sings 'The Music and the Mirror'.
Sheila Bryant - an older, more mature dancer who tells of her awful childhood as she performs 'At The Ballet'.
Paul San Marco - a gay Puerto Rican dancer who delivers a long monologue about his sexuality and his background as a drag artist.
Diana Morales - another Puerto Rican who dreams of making it big, despite the advice of her teachers. She delivers the hilarious number 'Nothing'.
Val Clark - a younger, spunky high kicking chorus girl who undergoes surgery to 'boost' her chances. Performs the number 'Dance: 10, Looks: 3'.
Awards1976 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress (Donna McKennie), Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Sammy Williams), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Kelly Bishop), Best Original Score, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design.
1976 Laurence Olivier Award: Best New Musical
1984 Tony Awards: Longest Running Broadway Musical