Baayork Lee discusses A Chorus Line Cast with CheapTheatreTickets.com
Legendary Broadway performer and choreographer Baayork Lee sat down with us exclusively to discuss the upcoming revival of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium. We caught up with her as auditions were coming to an end, and she spoke about the overwhelming talent of the brand new A Chorus Line cast.
Bayoork Lee’s career has taken her around the globe, and she is best known for originating the role of Connie in the world premiere of A Chorus Line on Broadway in 1975. She first met the original director and choreographer Michael Bennett when they were students together at New York’s High School for Performing Arts, and they worked on a number of Broadway productions together including Promises, Promises, which featured Lee in the famous dance number “Turkey-Lurkey Time,” and Seesaw starring Tommy Tune. Bennett was so inspired by her own personal story of growing up as a short, Asian-American dancer that he placed it in A Chorus Line, casting Lee as herself. Like her character, Lee began her career in the original Broadway production of The King and I as a young girl. In the past two decades, she has toured the world directing and choreographing productions of A Chorus Line, notably teaming up with original associate director Bob Avian on the 2006 Broadway revival. The production was documented in the film Every Little Step, which also offers insights into the original production that became the longest-running Broadway show in history at the time. After the Broadway revival’s success, Lee and Avian have reunited to take the production to the West End as choreographer and director respectively.
A Chorus Line opens at the London Palladium on 19 February, 2013 after previews from 2 February. The cast will include Eastenders star John Partridge as director Zach and Scarlett Strallen as his former girlfriend Cassie who has come back to audition for a role. Strallen is currently playing Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre. Victoria Hamilton-Barritt will play Diana after making appearances in Grease, Flashdance, and Desperately Seeking Susan, whilst American actress Leigh Zimmerman will return to the West End as Sheila after two stints as Velma Kelly in Chicago and playing Ulla in The Producers at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The full cast has not yet been announced, but keep checking back as we will update this page as more cast members are announced.