A Chorus Line.

I am so excited to tell you about this musical. I featured tracks from A Chorus line during this week’s Insight Music Box. Well guess what? TheWest Endrevival opens on Tuesday February 5th.  You can see it at The London Palladium, starring John Partridge as Zach, Scarlett Strallen as Cassie and Leigh Zimmerman as Sheila.

 

The story depicts the agonising audition process for the final eight places in the chorus of a Broadway musical. Seventeen auditionees are remorselessly interrogated by Zach, the choreographer, who compels them to reveal their most intimate thoughts about their lives and work through words and music. You can hear well known melodic gems such as What I Did For Love, I Can Do That, Hello Love and Hope I Get It.

 

If you are a hard core soap opera fan, you will recognise John Partridge from his role in The BBC’s EastEnders, playing Christian Clarke. He has performed in other musicals, including Cats, Starlight Express, Tommy, Grease, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rent and Miss Saigon. Presenting is yet another element of His diverse talents and, to that end,  you can find him on the National Lottery. I also remember him as one of the four panellists for The BBC programme Over The Rainbow. Just in case you have forgotten, here’s a quick memory jogger. The other three panellists  were Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sheila Hancock and Charlotte Church.

 

Scarlett Straallen is currently starring as Kathy in theWest Endproduction of Singin’ in the Rain. She was so good, she received an Olivier Award nomination. Her previous theatre work includes Passion, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

 

Leigh Zimmerman has appeared twice in the West End production ofChicagoplaying Velma Kelly. 2005 marked her Olivier nomination for her role as Ulla in The Producers at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane and I had the privilege of witnessing her stellar performance first hand. Her Broadway credits include The Will Rogers Follies, Crazy For You and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

 

It sounds like a thrilling musical so get your skates on!

details:

A Chorus line was originally conceived, choreographed and directed by Michael Bennett.

The book was written by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante.

The music and lyrics were by Marvin Hamlish and Edward Kleban respectively.

The West End Revival Cast stars John Partridge, Scarlett Strallen and Leigh Zimmerman.

The Director is Bob Avian.

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