Photo Flash: First Look At A CHORUS LINE At Sierra Rep

Sierra Repertory Theatre is delighted to celebrate 40 years of bringing the best talent from around the country to Sonora with the legendary and iconic Broadway musical, A Chorus Line, starring Russell Garrett (AEA) as Zach and Adrienne Hampton as Cassie. A Chorus Line begins performances on February 10th and runs through Sunday March 24th. Garrett, who many SRT patrons will remember as Harry Bright in Mamma Mia!, or as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, will be pulling triple-duty in this production. Not only will he play the role of Zach, but Garrett will recreate Michael Bennett's original staging and choreography for SRT audiences.

Winner of nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, this landmark musical has thrilled audiences around the world. The unparalleled score by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban includes "What I Did for Love", "One", "Nothing", and "Dance Ten, Looks Three". A Chorus Line held the record as the longest-running show on Broadway for 15 years. It's Tony Awards included Best Musical, Best Director and Best Choreographer, and it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Fun fact: Neil Simon was called in to do some uncredited book doctoring, adding some of the great one-liners!

In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. The field's been narrowed down to just 17 dancers. For these men and women, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It's what they've worked for - with every drop of sweat, every hour of training, every day of their lives. It's the one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed of, but before the final cut is made, the director Zach asks each of them to talk about themselves. He starts by asking their name, age, hometown and reason for being a dancer. But Zach wants more than just their resumes. He wants to know about their families, friends, lovers, ambitions and careers. One by one, they come forward. Some are shy or reluctant, while others are more than happy to reveal their innermost thoughts. From funny to heartbreaking, these 17 dancers share with us the stories of their lives.

A Chorus Line departs from the usual glossy backstage musical by presenting a true picture of what it's like to be in the theatre: glamorous-yes, at times, but also tough, heartbreaking and sometimes even tragic. It is a celebration of those unsung heroes of American Musical Theatre - the chorus dancers. Those valiant, over-dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who back up the stars and often make them look even more talented than they are. It is also a musical about competition, and this might easily be the common denominator that grabs the audience and holds it by the collective heartstring until the final choices are made. For everyone, at one time or another, puts his life on the line. We all compete, no matter what business we're in, for promotion, for attention, for approval and for love.

"I think audiences will be surprised at how moved they'll be," says Garrett. "When we see a musical with a large ensemble we don't stop to think about who those people are in real life, how they got there, how hard their lives might be or how challenging their childhoods might have been. A Chorus Line presents a stage full of individuals who we get to know and care about over the course of a short time. And the reason it resonates is because it is the truth. Everything on the stage is based on an actual story and experience from a dancer at the time the show was created. Truth is very powerful."

The production will feature original direction and choreography by Michael Bennett, restaged by Russell Garrett, with Associate Director/Choreographer Jill Slyter. Music direction is provided by Brian Allen Hobbs. The creative team also includes Brian Dudkiewicz (scenic design), Christopher Van Tuyl (lighting design) and Jay David is the Production Stage Manager. Costumes are based upon the Original Costume Design by Tony and Academy Award Winner, Theoni V. Aldredge.

A Chorus Line opens Sunday, February 10 and runs through March 24, 2019, at East Sonora Theatre - 13891 Mono Way, in East Sonora. For tickets, call the box office at (209) 532-3120, or purchase them online at www.SierraRep.org?, or visit the East Sonora Theatre Box Office (Tuesday through Saturday, 11am-5pm), located at 13891 Mono Way in Sonora. Performance times are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm. Ticket prices range from $32 to $47. Discounts for seniors, veterans (w/ID), children, and students (18 and over with student ID) are available for all performances. Special discounts for groups of 20 or more are also available. A Chorus Line is Rated PG-13.

Photo Credit: Rich Miller Photography.

Photo Flash: First Look At A CHORUS LINE At Sierra Rep
Lucas Michael Chandler, Emily Gatesman, Zachary Isen and Zoë Swenson-Graham

Photo Flash: First Look At A CHORUS LINE At Sierra Rep
Russell Garrett

Photo Flash: First Look At A CHORUS LINE At Sierra Rep
Adrianne Hampton

Photo Flash: First Look At A CHORUS LINE At Sierra Rep
Zoë Swenson-Graham, Russell Garrett and Zachary Isen

Photo Flash: First Look At A CHORUS LINE At Sierra Rep
Lucas Michael Chandler, Adrianne Hampton, Zachary Isen, Emily Gatesman and Zoë Swenson-Graham

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