John Partridge, Scarlett Strallen, Leigh Zimmerman and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt to Lead West End's New Chorus Line
By Mark Shenton
Initial principal casting has been announced for the new West End production of A Chorus Line, set to begin performances Feb. 5, 2013, at the London Palladium, prior to an official opening Feb. 19.
The cast will be led by John Partridge, Scarlett Strallen, Leigh Zimmerman and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt.
Partridge, who will play Zach, is best known for his role as Christian Clarke in TV's "EastEnders." His extensive musical theatre credits include appearances in Cats, Starlight Express, Tommy, Grease, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rent and Miss Saigon. He is currently one of the presenters of the National Lottery program and he was selected by the BBC to join Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charlotte Church and Sheila Hancock as a judge on BBC1's "Over The Rainbow."
Strallen, who will play Cassie, is currently starring as Kathy in the West End production of Singin' in the Rain. Previous West End credits include Clara in Passion (Donmar Warehouse), the title role in Mary Poppins (West End and Broadway) and Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium).
Zimmerman, who will play Sheila, has played Velma in the two seasons of Chicago in the West End and originated the role of Ulla in the West End premiere of The Producers (she was Olivier nominated for the latter). Broadway credits include The Will Rogers Follies, Crazy For You and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
Hamilton-Barritt, who will play Diana, was most recently seen playing Gypsy Rose Lee in Leicester Curve's production of Gypsy. She also played the lead role of Alex in Flashdance in the West End and Maria in the international tour of West Side Story.
For tickets, which are now on sale through January 2014, contact the box office on 0844 412 2957 or visit achoruslinelondon.com for more details.
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