VINTAGE PLAYBILL: A Chorus Line Opening Night, 1975, to the End of the Line, 1990
25 Jul 2013
On this date in history, the original production of A Chorus Line began its legendary Broadway run.
The Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical began its life as a meeting of Broadway dancers in a downtown studio. Among those in attendance was Michael Bennett, who would later direct and choreograph.
"I brought along a tape recorder," Bennett recalled in an interview with the New York Times, "and we talked for hours about what we were doing, what we were after."
The Public's Off-Broadway mounting in April 1975 became an immediate, sold-out hit through word of mouth.
The musical premiered on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on July 25, 1975. When it closed 15 years later, it was the longest-running show in Broadway history. (It would be surpassed by Cats seven years later and is now the sixth-longest Broadway run.)
Revisit the Broadway life of A Chorus Line from opening night through 15 years of commemorative Playbill covers in the Playbill Vault:
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