For the first time since its initial London season, which opened in 1976 and won the Olivier Award for Best Musical, a full London revival of the Broadway Production of A Chorus Line will be staged at the London Palladium from 5 February 2013.
The role of imperious director Zach will be played by West End leading man and TV star John Partridge, best known for his role as Christian Clarke in EastEnders. No stranger to the stage, Partridge has appeared in numerous musical theatre productions including Cats, Starlight Express, Tommy, Grease, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rent and Miss Saigon. He was also selected by the BBC to join Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charlotte Church and Sheila Hancock as a judge to find a new leading lady to play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, on BBC1’s Over The Rainbow, in 2010.
Starring as Cassie alongside Partridge is Scarlett Strallen, who is currently starring as Kathy in the West End production of Singin’ in the Rain, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination. Her previous theatre work includes Clara in Passion at the Donmar Warehouse, the title role in Mary Poppins in the West End and on Broadway, and Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium. Victoria Hamilton-Barritt will play Diana, and Leigh Zimmerman will take the role of Sheila.
Michael Bennett’s production of A Chorus Line won nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama when it opened on Broadway in 1975 and went on to become the longest running musical on Broadway for a while, achieving an astonishing 6137 performances. It features some of musical theatre’s best loved songs, including ‘One (Singular Sensation)’, ‘What I Did For Love’, and ‘Hope I Get It’.
The production will be directed by Broadway and West End veteran director and choreographer, Bob Avian. Avian was Michael Bennett’s long term collaborator and his co-choreographer on the original production. Avian was also responsible for directing the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.
Andrew Lloyd Webber said, ‘I am delighted to welcome A Chorus Line into The London Palladium. This classic Broadway production has not been seen in the West End for almost 35 years. Marvin Hamlisch was a great friend and supporter in my early career and I can think of no more fitting tribute to him than this major revival.’
This long anticipated revival will become a tribute to the show’s composer Marvin Hamlisch who tragically died in early August last year.
The first preview of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, is on 5 February 2013 at 7.45pm, and the show is booking until January 2014. Tickets start at £19.50.