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Curve has announced the return of its five-star hit production of Broadway musical sensation A Chorus Line, with a London run and UK tour set for 2024.
Originally staged at Curve, Leicester in Christmas 2021, the Made at Curve production will be directed by Curve’s Artistic Director Nikolai Foster (West Side Story, Billy Elliot the Musical, Curve) and choreographed by Ellen Kane (Matilda the Musical, Netflix, Legally Blonde, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). A Chorus Line will open at Curve from 29 June to 13 July with a limited summer season at Sadler’s Wells from 31 July to 25 August.
The UK tour will be presented by Sadler’s Wells and Jonathan Church Theatre Productions, and will visit The Lowry in Salford 23 to 27 July, Norwich Theatre Royal 27 to 31 August, The Marlowe in Canterbury 2 to 7 September, Birmingham Hippodrome 10 to 14 September, New Theatre, Cardiff, 16 to 21 September, Edinburgh Festival Theatre 24 to 28 September and Wycombe Swan 30 September to 5 October.
Both internationally renowned musical theatre performer, dancer and choreographer Adam Cooper and West End star Carly Mercedes Dyer will reprise their roles in the show.
Internationally renowned musical theatre performer, dancer and choreographer Adam Cooper will return as Zach, the director / choreographer responsible for putting the performers through their paces in the show’s audition. Adam is best known for creating the lead role of the Swan/Stranger in Matthew Bourne’s production of Swan Lake – a role he also performed in the 2000 film Billy Elliot as the adult Billy, and his recent credits also include Singin’ in the Rain and The Red Shoes.
Carly Mercedes Dyer is currently preparing to lead the UK and Ireland tour of The Drifters Girl, her previous credits include Anything Goes at The Barbican and on tour, as well as Made at Curve productions of The Color Purple – at Home and West Side Story. Carly Mercedes Dyer will return as Cassie, an auditionee and Zach’s former lover.
Full casting and creative team will be announced in due course.
Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said:
“Working on A Chorus Line in 2021 at Curve was one of those once in a lifetime moments, and to have another opportunity to re-visit our acclaimed production and share it with a wider audience is something we could never have dreamed of. All great shows need exceptional new artists to reinterpret them for the generation to enjoy and in Ellen Kane’s world class choreography, Michael Bennett’s extraordinary piece is invigorated through Ellen’s sensational work. Being able to share this production with audiences in Leicester once more, ahead of visiting the home of dance Sadler’s Wells and then on tour across the UK, reuniting Carly Mercedes Dyer as Cassie and Adam Cooper as Zach is the icing on the cake.”
A Chorus Line features set design by Grace Smart (Hamlet, The Globe), musical supervision by David Shrubsole, costume design by Edd Lindley (Billy Elliot the Musical, Curve), lighting design by Howard Hudson (& Juliet, Broadway, West End, Australia) and sound design by Tom Marshall (Grease, Dominion Theatre). The show’s orchestra will be supported by music licensing company, PPL.
New York City. 1975. On an empty Broadway stage, seventeen performers are put through their paces in the final, gruelling audition for a new Broadway musical. Only eight will make the cut.
A Chorus Line is a musical masterpiece that revolutionised Broadway, with creator Michael Bennett using real-life testimonies from late-night recording sessions with dancers. Celebrate the lives of theatre’s unsung heroes, as they tell searing stories of ambition, shattered hopes, and what it really costs to follow your dreams.
Directed by Nikolai Foster, with a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban, A Chorus Line features iconic songs including One, I Hope I Get It, Nothing and the hit ballad What I Did For Love.
Join us next summer for sensational choreography, heart-wrenching personal stories and musical theatre’s most unforgettable finale.
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“Brings the audience to its feet in recognition of all the joy that a musical can offer”
Tickets for A Chorus Line at Curve will go on sale to Curve Friends Wednesday 20 September, to Curve supporters Thursday 21 September, to Curve Members, Groups and Access Register customers Friday 22 September and on general sale Tuesday 26 September, all at 12 noon. To find out more and book, visit www.curveonline.co.uk.
A CHORUS LINE
Conceived & Originally Directed & Choreographed
by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Co-choreographed by Bob Avian
Original Broadway Production produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival. Joseph Papp, Producer, in association with Plum Productions, Inc
A Chorus Line is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk