Photo Flash: A CHORUS LINE on Tour

The new national tour of A Chorus Line, kicked off in Rochester, New York on October 5.  Check out these photos from the production.

A Chorus Line reclaimed its place in the heart of Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre where it opened to rave reviews on October 5, 2006. Elysa Gardner of USA Today calls it "Exhilarating and endearing, it still has a freshness and fervency too seldom seen in contemporary musicals," while The New York Daily News exclaims, "There's nothing better! The show thrills from the opening number to the glittering finale," and Jeffrey Lyons of WNBC TV hails it "An American Masterpiece. A show for the ages." A Chorus Line was directed by its original Tony® Award-winning co-choreographer Bob Avian. For this new production, Baayork Lee will direct and re-stage the choreography.

A Chorus Line recouped its entire $8 million investment after only 157 performances 19 weeks on Broadway. It broke the theater's box office record seven times in its first five months. A Chorus Line ended its Broadway run on August 17, 2008 after 18 preview and 759 regular performances.

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.

The new production features original scenery by Robin Wagner, costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge, lighting by Tharon Musser adapted by Natasha Katz and sound by Shannon Slaton. Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, Billy Byers and Hershy Kay and vocal arrangements are by Don Pippin. The new 2006 Broadway cast recording of "A Chorus Line" was released by Masterworks Broadway and is available in stores nationwide.

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 25, opening there on October 19 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. A Chorus Line remains the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

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