A Chorus Line returns to the West End early in 2013

Posted: 10th September 2012
The Broadway-blockbuster-within-a-Broadway-blockbuster comes to the London Palladium for a limited run from February 2013

Nearly four decades after it first opened its Olivier-winning London run, A Chorus Line will be returning to the West End for a strictly limited five-month stint next spring. From its first premiere in New York in 1975, the musical about Broadway dancers auditioning for a new show has been a huge hit, scooping nine Tony awards, seven Drama Desk Awards and even a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Written by James Kirkwood Jr and Nicholas Dante, with a score by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics from Edward Kleban, A Chorus Line plays out a long audition session with director Zach and choreographer Larry putting the dancers through their paces as the numbers are gradually whittled down via heartbreak, revelation and injury amid the very human stories of sexuality, love, loss and sacrifice. Set against a memorable score, A Chorus Line represents something of a perfect storm in terms of musical and dance theatre; the ideal setting for in-your-face dance routines, true to life drama and much singing.

Informed by true stories of Broadway wannabes, A Chorus Line went on to become the longest running show in Broadway history (now surpassed) and was also the subject of a Richard Attenborough-directed Hollywood adaptation starring Michael Douglas (as Zach). Despite three Academy Award nominations, A Chorus Line was a bit of a turkey, not making its money back.

But the theatre is a different proposition. On the stage, A Chorus Line comes alive - it's Broadway in 3D. If you need proof then get yourself to the London Palladium from 2nd February when A Chorus Line begins previewing ahead of press night on 19th February. After that, the show runs only until mid-July. Performances are every day except Sunday, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons (3pm) . We have tickets available now, priced from just £18.50.

Stewart Darkin