A Chorus Line Talkback Series to Continue in April
The Life on the Line Talkback Series for ticket holders at Wednesday evening performances of the critically acclaimed Broadway return of A Chorus Line will continue this and next month.
The talkbacks will give audience member a chance to ask the stars of A Chorus Line about not only the characters they play, but also the performers' own stories about survival on the Great White Way. Following is the schedule for the Life on the Line Talkback Series at A Chorus Line:
Wednesday, March 28, 2007, following the 8pm performance
Wednesday, April 4, 2007, following the 8pm performance
Wednesday, April 11, 2007, following the 8pm performance
Wednesday, April 18, 2007, following the 8pm performance
Wednesday, April 25, 2007, following the 8pm performance
"In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. The one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed of," production notes state. The revival opened at the Schoenfeld Theatre on October 5th.
A Chorus Line, conceived and originally choreographed and directed by Michael Bennett, features a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban. Baayork Lee re-stages the original choreography.
The company features Ken Alan (Bobby), Brad Anderson (Don), Michael Berresse (Zach), Natalie Cortez (Diana), Charlotte d'Amboise (Cassie), Mara Davi (Maggie), Jessica Lee Goldyn (Val), Deidre Goodwin (Sheila), Tyler Hanes (Larry), James T. Lane (Richie), Paul McGill (Mark), Heather Parcells (Judy), Michael Paternostro (Greg), Alisan Porter (Bebe), Jeffrey Schecter (Mike), Yuka Takara (Connie), Jason Tam (Paul), Chryssie Whitehead (Kristine) and Tony Yazbeck (Al) in a cast of 29.
The new production features scenery by Robin Wagner, costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge, lighting by Tharon Musser adapted by Natasha Katz and sound by Acme Sound Partners. Musical direction and supervision is by Patrick Vaccariello, orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, Billy Byers and Hershey Kay and vocal arrangements are by Don Pippin.
The original production of A Chorus Line opened at the Public Theater's Newman Theatre on May 21, 1975 and transferred to Broadway's Shubert Theatre on July 25th, opening there on October 19th of that year. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score and Book, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It ran for nearly 15 years, closing on April 28, 1990 after 6,137 performances.
The show remains the longest running American musical in Broadway history.
The 2006 Broadway cast recording of A Chorus Line was released by Masterworks Broadway and is available in stores nationwide. For tickets for A Chorus Line and more information, visit www.Telecharge.com or call 212-239-6200.
Photo of Charlotte d'Amboise by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.