Previewed 2 February 2013, Opened 19 February 2013, Closed 31 August 2013 at the London Palladium
Look at all the people! At all the people. How many people does he need? How many boys, how many girls? How many people does he need? I hope I get it. I've come this far, but even so it could be yes, it could be no, How many people does he need? I really need this job. In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For everyone present, it's the chance of a lifetime. It's the one opportunity to do what they've always dreamed of - to have the chance to dance. But the director only needs eight dancers - four boys and four girls - and now its the final audition... Who am I anyway? Am I my resume? That is a picture of a person I don't know. What does he want from me? What should I try to be? So many faces all around, and here we go. I need this job, oh God, I need this show.
Told through captivating song, riveting drama and stunning choreography, the auditionees for the Chorus Line describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. Based on true stories, this musical revolutionised Broadway, becoming the longest running musical in New York theatre history, breaking records, winning nine Tony Awards including "Best Musical". Now for the first time since its award-winning London season premiered in July 1976, the original creators join forces to bring this legendary musical back to the stage of London's West End. Includes the songs 'One (Singular Sensation)', 'What I Did For Love' and 'At The Ballet', this is the iconic musical masterpiece that should not be missed.
The cast for this revival of A Chorus Line in London features John Partridge as 'Zach', Leigh Zimmerman as 'Sheila' and Scarlett Strallen as 'Cassie'. The production is directed and choreographed by Bob Avian. The musical feature music by Marvin Hamlisch with lyrics by Edward Kleban and book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. Conception, original direction by Michael Bennett, original choreography by Michael Bennett and Bob Avian. PLEASE NOTE the suggested age limit for this production is 10 years and above.
"A Chorus Line has a wonderfully satisfying structure; a mix of spotlit heartfelt soliloquy, soulful songs and sensational dancing. Ironically, there's no room for your average chorus liner here: this show potentially makes stars of them all. A muscular, brutal director, Zach, puts the dancers through their paces, and Leigh Zimmerman is appropriately stand-out as the towering, cynical Sheila. But the real show-stopper is Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as the gutsy Diana... The tussle between Zach (the cold and uncharismatic John Partridge from EastEnders) and Cassie (Scarlett Strallen), his former lover, who had made it briefly as a soloist but wants to be accepted for what she believes she is, a natural chorus liner, should be climactic. But Strallen's rendition of the passionate number The Music And The Mirror is oddly underwhelming. Perhaps, as Zach says, she is 'dancing down' to prove her point. But there is nothing disappointing about the finale, One, when the chorus line is indeed 'a singular sensation'; the individuals vanish in a glorious ensemble, solid gold with a sprinkle of sequins." The Mail on Sunday
"Every now and again, a production arrives with such force majeure that one has to accept that nothing, and no one, will stand in the way of it becoming an all-singing, all-dancing box office sensation. A Chorus Line falls so obviously into this category that one might as well just reach for the five- star rubber stamp and be done with it... Its secret is an awesome simplicity that must count as one of the great wonders of the theatrical world: it's a show all about artifice that, paradoxically, contains absolutely none itself. The piece has a rhythm and momentum about it that always seems to pull even the most curmudgeonly punters along. James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante's script is full of knowing one-liners... The members of the cast breathe a vulnerable humanity into the chorus line that makes it difficult, after a while, not to care. Marvin Hamlisch's big numbers, when they start to come, thick and fast, still work their magic... The climactic belting out of One - 'One singular sensation' - ends the proceedings on a high. The rough and ready souls we saw at the first audition, kitted out as they make their final triumphant entrance in gold suits and top hats, are finally transformed into shimmering butterflies. It takes a great, big show, with a great big heart, to fill the London Palladium's enormous stage, and this one fills every inch of it, magnificently." The Sunday Telegraph
A Chorus Line in London at the London Palladium previewed from 2 February 2013, opened on 19 February 2013 and closed on 31 August 2013.