So finally A Chorus Line has returned to London and it is now playing at the London Palladium.
Auditions are underway for a new Broadway musical. For everyone present, it could be the chance of a lifetime. For some, the opportunity to do what they’ve always dreamed of – to have the chance to dance on Broadway – for others, it’s a ticket to re-starting a stalled career.
Told through captivating song, riveting drama and stunning choreography, the auditionees describe the events that have shaped their lives and led them to become dancers.
Based on true stories, A Chorus Line revolutionised Broadway, becoming the longest running musical in New York theatre history, breaking records, winning nine Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, the New York Critic’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Now for the first time since its award‐winning London season premiered in 1975, the original creators join forces to bring this legendary musical to the world‐famous London Palladium.
Chocca block full of brilliant songs- ‘One (Singular Sensation)’, ‘What I Did For Love’ and ‘At The Ballet’, A Chorus Line is an iconic musical masterpiece that should not be missed.
Leading a cast and company of over 50, JOHN PARTRIDGE will play Zach (Cats, Grease, Miss Saigon EastEnders). West End leading lady SCARLETT STRALLEN will play Cassie (Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). Stage screen actress LEIGH ZIMMERMAN will play Sheila (Chicago, The Producers, The Girl in the Yellow) and VICTORIA HAMILTON-BARRITT will play Diana (Gypsy, West Side Story).
The London Palladium is just off Oxford Street just by Oxford Circus. The 5 star Courthouse Hotel is just round the corner with it fascinating nod to what it used to be (yes a courthouse, so the bar has cells in it! What Fun!).
The St Giles is yet again the best choice of three star hotel being close (just the eastern end of Oxford Street) and with great facilities including pool, gym and to maintain the balance a bar and restaurants.
Of course Mayfair is just across the road so there is a whole raft of posh hotels there including the May Fair and the Sheraton Park Lane, but Bayswater is just a couple of stops on the tube for some good value 3 star hotels. The four star Holiday Inn Regents Park is a good choice too. Otherwise head towards Covent Garden for the usual list of Theatreland hotels.
Tickets are cheaper for preview dates so get in quick and grab yourself a bargain.
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Conception, Original Direction and Choreography by Michael Bennett
Direction and Original co‐choreography by Bob Avian
First Preview Saturday 2nd February 2013 7.45pm
Opening Night Tuesday 19th February 2013 7pm
First Midweek Mat. Wednesday 13th February 2012 3pm
Booking to 2014
Running Time 2 hours
Performance Times Monday – Saturday 7.45pm, Wednesday and Saturday 3pm
Number of Intervals No interval
Thoroughly enjoyed this show even though I went in with a few reservations after watching it, many years ago, as a thoroughly disappointing film.
I needn't have worried. The show kept me enthralled from start to finish. The dancing as you would imagine was amazing and the songs instantly recognisable.
All in all a five star evening of pure musical pleasure.
A great show, superbly performed. I saw a touring production of this many years ago and wasn’t bowled over by it, but this production has class, energy and is thoroughly engaging from start to finish. There can’t be many shows that have dared to go into the Palladium with such a minimal set (a far cry from the elaborate effects of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the like), but the simplicity suits the show and the cast fill the fairly cavernous space brilliantly. The lack of interval might put some people off, but the show works better without one: it isn’t really one of those shows with a succession of great dramatic climaxes, and the intensity of going on a 2 hour journey with the characters is very effective. Running straight through also throws into sharp relief the fact that no two sequences have the same structure, and the individuality of the characters is paramount. Impossible to pick out anyone for particular praise, which says it all really: it’s an ensemble piece and they’ve got the right people in it. Even the small roles of the few who are rejected in the opening scene were distinctively played