A CHORUS LINE
SEVENTEEN DANCERS. EIGHT SPOTS. ONE DREAM.
The all-new Australian production of one the most successful American Broadway musicals of all time, A CHORUS LINE will play at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre for 21 performances only from Friday 20 July then travel to Perth’s Burswood Theatre playing from Saturday 20 October then to Brisbane from Friday 16 November 2012.
The sensational cast of 30 is headed by Josh Horner (Billy Elliot on Broadway, Tivoli, Dirty Dancing, Dancing with the Stars) who plays formidable Broadway director, Zach. Josh says “This role of Zach really speaks to me. You see people giving their heart and soul and you are in control of their dreams. I’ve been on both sides of that role so A CHORUS LINE mirrors perfectly my life as a dancer.”
Starring as Cassie is Australian star of the West End, Anita Louise Combe who made her first professional appearance on stage as Sillabub in the Australian Premiere Production of Cats followed by Cosette in Les Miserables. Anita is one of the few people in the world to date who has played both roles of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly in the production of Chicago in the West End.
Anita created the role of Stephanie Mangano in the World Premiere Production of Saturday Night Fever opposite fellow Australian, Adam Garcia and played Betty in Sunset Boulevard in London and Toronto.
Producer Tim Lawson says “With the popularity of shows such as X Factor, Australian Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, I knew the time was right for A CHORUS LINE to be presented. People have a newly found understanding and insight into the dreams and challenges of aspiring performers. It has thrilled audiences in Adelaide and Melbourne, and I am sure Sydney, Perth and Brisbane audiences will be similarly enthralled.”
A CHORUS LINE was originally conceived, choreographed and directed by the legendary Michael Bennett, featuring a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban.
It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, nine Tony AwardsŇ, including Best Musical, Score and Book, seven Drama Desk Awards and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It ran for 6,137 performances over 15 years becoming the longest running musical in Broadway history.
“The Australian production has caught the attention of international promoters as well, with bookings through Asia and Europe in place. Our production is particularly special in that it boasts a truly remarkable cast of both newly discovered talent and industry stalwarts. They take the experience to an incredible level” says Mr Lawson.