A Chorus Line to Be Revived at West End's London Palladium in February 2013
By Mark Shenton
A Chorus Line is to receive its first full London revival since the original Broadway production transferred to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1976, where it ran for three years. It will now begin performances at the London Palladium Feb. 2, 2013, prior to an official opening Feb. 19, for a limited season that is booking through June 29.
The production will be directed by Bob Avian, Michael Bennett's long-term collaborator and his co-choreographer on the original production. Avian was also responsible for directing the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. Casting is still to be announced.
This revival will become a tribute to the show's composer Marvin Hamlisch, who died in early August this year. A Chorus Line has a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, with lyrics by Edward Kleban.
In a press statement, Andrew Lloyd Webber (who owns the theatre) has commented, "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."
This production of A Chorus Line will be produced by Mark Goucher, Adam Kenwright, ACT Productions, Tim Lawson, Daniel Sparrow & Mike Walsh Productions by special arrangement with John Breglio and A Chorus Line Broadway.
To book tickets, on sale Sept. 9 at 9 AM London time, contact the box office on 0844 4412 2957, or visit www.achoruslinelondon.com.
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