(Marietta, GA) --- Meet 17 dancers in an empty theatre, on a bare stage, where casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For these dancers, 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. This is A Chorus Line, the musical for anyone who has ever had a dream and put it all on the line to make that dream come true. Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it’s one of the longest-running American Broadway musicals ever. Come experience this “singular sensation” in Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s new production of A Chorus Line at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre from October 21 through November 6. Tickets are on sale NOW at www.AtlantaLyric.com or by calling 404-377-9948!
A Chorus Line was conceived by legendary director and choreographer Michael Bennett as a tribute to a dancer's life. He recorded over 40 hours of conversations with Broadway gypsies (chorus dancers) to reveal the behind-the-scenes stories that drive the making of a musical. Bennett worked with playwright/novelist James Kirkwood and former dancer Nicholas Dante to create the book. Academy Award-winner Marvin Hamlisch composed the music, and Broadway newcomer Edward Kleban wrote the lyrics. Their combined work, including some great one-liners by un-credited playwright Neil Simon, results in a funny, passionate, and deeply personal glimpse into the lives and personalities of dancers. A Chorus Line contains mature content and may not be suitable for children under 12.
Opening at the New York Shakespeare Festival on April 16, 1975, A Chorus Line was an immediate hit, moving to Broadway on July 25. The show won nine Tony Awards in 1976 including best musical, score, book, direction, and choreography. Additionally, it earned five Drama Desk Awards, the Outer Critics Circle Award, three Obie Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The show reached a pinnacle in 1983, becoming the longest running show on Broadway at 3,389 performances, which earned it a special Tony Award. A Chorus Line would ultimately run for 6,137 performances, over 15 years, closing on April 28, 1990. It was the longest running show on Broadway until 1997.
The Lyric cast features Ashley Chasteen (Cassie), Logan Denninghoff (Zach), Alvaro Francisco (Paul), Allison McDowell (Sheila), Cassandra Hlong (Maggie), Lauren Watkins (Val), J. Koby Parker (Mike), D.J. Grooms (Greg), Bonnie Harris (Kristine), Fenner Eaddy (Al), Chani Maisonet (Diana), Elijah Avraham (Richie), Nathan Lubeck (Bobby), Brittany Ellis (Bebe), Kiley Gipson (Judy), Amanda Bonilla (Connie), Cansler McGhee (Don), Rikki McKinney (Larry), and Zion Newton (Mark). Others in the cast include Sims Lamason, Chase Davidson, Arielle Geller, Joshua Lubeck, Christie Vozniak, Daniel Jordan DeMoss and Brennan Parker.
The creative team for A Chorus Line includes Director Ricardo Aponte, Choreographer Nathan Lubeck, Music Director Paul Tate, Scenic Designer Edward R. Cox, Costume Designer Amanda Edgerton West, Lighting Designer Bradley Bergeron, Sound Designer John McKenzie, and Hair and Wig Designer George Deavours.
This production of A Chorus Line will feature the Atlanta Lyric Orchestra under the direction of guest conductor Paul Tate.
A Chorus Line will be presented at the intimate Jennie T. Anderson Theatre, located at 548 South Marietta Parkway, Marietta, GA 30060. Free parking is available next to the theatre. To purchase tickets, click here: www.AtlantaLyric.com. Dates and performance times:
Friday, October 21 @ 8 pm
Saturday, October 22 @ 8 pm
Sunday, October 23 @ 2 pm
Thursday, October 27 @ 8 pm
Friday, October 28 @ 8 pm
Saturday, October 29 @ 8 pm
Sunday, October 30 @ 2 pm
Thursday, November 3 @ 8 pm
Friday, November 4 @ 8 pm
Saturday, November 5 @ 2 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, November 6 @ 2 pm
Atlanta Lyric Theatre is celebrating 37 years as the Atlanta area’s only local professional musical theatre company! The Lyric is dedicated to producing the best in musical theatre and fostering the growth of the Atlanta theatrical community. Through educational programs and the pursuit of artistic excellence, The Lyric seeks to inspire and expand the audience for musical theatre. Atlanta Lyric Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. For more information, to become a sponsor, or to join their family of subscribers, visit their website: www.AtlantaLyric.com.