School Version of A Chorus Line Released

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The Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical has been modified to accommodate young performers and family audiences.
A scene from the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line.
A scene from the original Broadway production of A Chorus Line. Martha Swope / The New York Public Library

Tams-Witmark is now licensing a new version of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Chorus Line, which has been adapted for high school performers.

Michael Bennett’s groundbreaking musical about the lives of Broadway dancers has been adjusted so that dialogue and content are age-appropriate and suitable for family audiences, while script allowances have been made for actors of any race or ethnicity to play various roles.

In addition, some of the show’s extended and demanding dance sequences have been shortened to a length that befits high school-aged dancers.

A Chorus Line – High School Edition includes a director’s production guide, a staging and choreography DVD, and a rehearsal sing-along CD with professional vocalists singing all the music. A professional accompaniment recording is also available

Theater companies may also rent a performance CD featuring recorded professional accompaniment of the entire show, or rent a full orchestration for performance with a live orchestra.

Sargent Aborn, president of Tams-Witmark, said, “The author-approved materials have been prepared in collaboration with iTheatrics and the amazing Baayork Lee to help schools and theaters mount their best possible production. We’re thrilled that this new version will give high school students an exciting and rewarding experience.”

A Chorus Line has a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban.

The original production of A Chorus Line opened at the Public Theater's Newman Theater on May 21, 1975, and transferred to Broadway's Shubert Theatre on July 25. The musical won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, along with nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. It ran for nearly 15 years, closing on April 28, 1990, after 6,137 performances.

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