Nine years after the first highly acclaimed touring production, which played to capacity audiences all over Italy for almost two years, Michael Bennet's record-breaking musical A Chorus Line returns to the Italian stages April 1. The show, featuring music by Marvin Hamlish and lyrics by Edward Kleban, with Italian adaptation by Saverio Marconi and Italian lyrics by Michele Renzullo, will enjoy a three-week run at Milan's Teatro Nazionale thru April 19, before embarking on a long tour during the coming summer and the 1998-99 season.
Produced by Tolentino's "Compagnia della Rancia" (www.musical.it), whose recent credits include Italian versions of Cabaret, La cage aux folles, <West Side Story, Singing in the Rain and Grease!, A Chorus Line is directed and choreographed by Saverio Marconi and Baayork Lee. The musical director is Giovanni Maria Lori, with sets by Robin Wagner, costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge and lighting by Paolo Vinattieri.
The Italian version of Michael Bennet's classic features a cast of 25 young actors and dancers with Maria Laura Baccarini and Renato Greco in the lead roles of Cassie and Zach, the director. Other principals include Antonella Elia (Kristine), Renata Fusco (Diana), Corinne Bonuglia (Judy), Laura Di Mauro (Val), Crescenza Guarnieri (Sheila), Biancamaria Lelli (Bebe).
Tickets are on sale at the Teatro Smeraldo box office (tel. +39 2 48.00.77.00) and at various ticket agencies in Milan including Musical Line (tel. +39 2 126.96.36.199 - 24 hrs) and Box Ticket (tel. +39 2 188.8.131.52).
--By Stefano Curti