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A Chorus Line - London Palladium

A Chorus Line

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

NEXT YEAR and for the first time since its London premiere in 1976, Michael Bennett’s Tony Award-winning production of A Chorus Line will be revived in the West End.

The production, directed by its original co-choreogrpher Bob Avian, will open at the London Palladium on February 19, 2013, following previews from February 2.

When it opened on Broadway in 1975, A Chorus Line won nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and went on to become the then longest-running musical on Broadway with 6,137 performances under its belt. The subsequent West End transfer also scooped a major award – an Olivier for Best New Musical.

The show takes a behind-the-scenes look at 17 hopefuls auditioning for just eight places in a new Broadway musical and includes numbers such as I Hope I Get It, Sing! and One (Singular Sensation).

A Chorus Line, which was famously filmed in 1985 with Michael Douglas starring as the director putting his dancers – including one ex-lover – through their paces, has a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Date, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban.

Owner of the London Palladium, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, said: “I am delighted to welcome A Chorus Line into the London Palladium. This classic Broadway production has not been seen in the West End for almost 35 years. Marvin Hamlisch was a great friend and supporter in my early career and I can think of no more fitting tribute to him than this major revival.”

Chorus Line will be preceeded at the London Palladium – dark since the closure of The Wizard of Oz – by Scrooge, with Tommy Steele as the titular miser.