West End's A Chorus Line Revival to Close After Six-Month Run
By Mark Shenton
The West End revival of A Chorus Line, currently running at the London Palladium, is to shutter Aug. 31 after a six month run. It was originally booking through Jan. 2 2014.
According to a press statement, the producers are currently finalizing European touring plans to visit Germany, Holland and France, prior to a UK tour beginning in autumn 2014. Producer Mark Goucher commented, "We are extremely proud of this production of A Chorus Line and would like to thank the cast and creative team for their exceptional work. It has been a huge privilege bringing this extraordinary show back to life on the London stage. We will be very sad to see it close."
Leigh Zimmerman, who plays Sheila, won Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical at this year's Laurence Olivier Awards, and the production was also nominated for Best Musical Revival.
Also featured in the cast are John Partridge as Zach, Scarlett Strallen as Cassie and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Diana.
They are joined by Lucy Adcock (Judy), Georgie Ashford (Trisha), Ed Currie (Bobby), Frances Dee (Kristine), Segun Fawole (Butch), Harry Francis (Mark), Simon Hardwick (Al), Rebecca Herszenhon (Val), James T. Lane (Richie), Marc Leslie (Roy), Vicki Lee Taylor (Maggie), Daisy Maywood (Bebe), Alice Jane Murray (Lois), Alastair Postlethwaite (Larry), Andy Rees (Greg), Adam Salter (Mike), Alexzandra Sarmiento (Connie), Michael Steedon (Tom), Gary Watson (Don) and Gary Wood (Paul). The company also includes Rebecca Giocopazzi, Genevieve Nicole and Ashley Nottingham.
This is the show's first full London revival since the original Broadway production transferred to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1976, where it ran for three years. The show features music by Marvin Hamlisch, the composer who died in early August last year, a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, with lyrics by Edward Kleban. It is directed by Bob Avian, Michael Bennett's long-time collaborator and his co-choreographer on the original production. Avian was also responsible for directing the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.
This production of A Chorus Line is produced by John Breglio, Mark Goucher, Act Productions, Tim Lawson, Bronowski Productions, Daniel Sparrow & Mike Walsh Productions, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Tanya Link, Gale King Productions and A Chorus Line Broadway.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 4412 2957, or visit achoruslinelondon.com.
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