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Updated: Rumored Stratford Festival Season Not Confirmed With Rights Holders or Board

Update: The Stratford Festival told BroadwayWorld Toronto in an exclusive statement "we haven't confirmed the season yet - either with the rights holders or the board."

It has been reported in The Toronto Star that A CHORUS LINE and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC will both play The Stratford Festival next season. Both musicals first appeared on Broadway in the 1970s and could surely make a splash at the festival next season. The Star also writes that A Chorus Line will play on the Festival Stage and A Little Night Music will be at the Avon Theatre.

The Star reports A Chorus Line is set to be directed and choreographed by Donna Feore. Feore's recent work at the festival includes Fiddler on the Roof (2013), Crazy for You (2014) and The Sound of Music (2015). The show features music by the great Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Ed Kleban and a book by Nicholas Dante. A Chorus Line tells the story of several hopefuls as they compete to audition for an unnamed Broadway musical. The show went on to win the 1975 Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Musical.

A Little Night Music was originally adapted to the stage by Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the music and lyrcis. The musical also features a book by Hugh Wheeler. A Little Nigh Music is based on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night and it follows aging actress Desiree Armfeldt, her mother Madame Armfeldt, and a series of interwoven love affairs during one eventful weekend in the country. The 2009 revival earned Catherine Zeta-Jones the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. According to the Star, "It is looking likely that Gary Griffin will return to Stratford to direct the show, following his previous successes with West Side Story and 42nd Street.

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