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A CHORUS LINE @ RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA

A CHORUS LINE opened on Broadway in 1975. This classic Broadway musical has a unique storyline, and is one of the greatest musicals of all time according to critics and audiences, winning 9 TONY Awards, the Pulitzer Prize and 9 Drama Desk Awards. Played a record-breaking 6,137 Broadway performances over 15 years. Helpmann Award-nominated director and choreographer Amy Campbell, has added brand new choreography.

Production photography by Robert Catto

Huge fan of all the Broadway stories told during A CHORUS LINE, and this Sydney production is quite the best of the best, and even better than when A CHORUS LINE was at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. This cast is perfect, each singing voice is perfect, each dancer is perfection, the entire cast are triple-threats. Yes I am biased, the casting, the direction, the costumes, the lighting and the set-design, are the best I have ever seen for A CHORUS LINE, and I will be seeing this production multiple times during the run.

Following two postponements due to the pandemic, this brand-new Sydney production will finally lay bare the struggles that performers face to be seen, heard, recognised and respected. “The back stories behind these twenty amazing roles, are based on the real-life anecdotes of Broadway dancers interviewed by Michael Bennett in his East Side studio, during one weekend in January 1974. Rivalry and wine paved the way to a weekend of divulged secrets about their upbringing, coming-of-age, sexuality and careers.” Conceived and originally directed on Broadway by Michael Bennett, and features music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban.

Quite unexpectedly, this production of A CHORUS LINE has an interval.

NOTHING is last song before the interval.
DANCE TEN, LOOKS THREE is the first song after the interval.

Just loved the choreography and the  clever use of the extra mirrors, in the ex-girlfriend Cassie  (Angelique Cassimatis)  sequence, with the song “The Music and the Mirror”.

“What I Did For Love” is superbly presented, and an absolute delight.

The finale show-stopper is “One”, and the costumes for “One” looked beautiful in silver, that perfectly matched the silver back drops. Highly recommended.

DURATION of approx. 140 minutes including the 20 minute interval.

Extra special thanks go to their Voice and Dialect Coach – LINDA NICOLLS-GIDLEY as the words “21 years old, I was born on a full moon in Herculaneum, Missouri . . . I’m from St. Louis, Missouri” were all correctly pronounced for a native speaker born in Missouri USA.

ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES – The performance on Friday Night had two Auslan interpreters, bringing this musical to a brand new audience.

Riverside Theatres – Corner of Church Street and Market Street, Parramatta, NSW.

Sydney Festival presents the Darlinghurst Theatre Company production of A CHORUS LINE in association with Riverside Theatres.

A CHORUS LINE at RIVERSIDE THEATRE PARRAMATTA from 13th January until 22nd January 2022.

 

STREET ADDRESS – Corner of Market Street and Church Street, Parramatta NSW 2150.

VENUE SEATING CAPACITY – Riverside Theatre 761; Lennox Theatre 213; Rafferty’s Theatre 88; Total 1,062 seats.

*** However as the building deliberately has NO street numbers, you are prevented from telephone ordering (including taxi apps) a taxi after the show. ***

DISCLOSURE – Riverside Theatres kindly provided our two Sydney Arts Guide reviewers, with complimentary tickets.

 

WEBSITE – https://riversideparramatta.com.au/show/a-chorus-line/

Production photography by Robert Catto
Production photography by Robert Catto

Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood and 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 permission of ORiGiN™ Theatrical on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC, A Concord Theatricals Company.

STARRING
Zach – Adam Jon Fiorentino
Greg – Ryan Ophel
Don – Harry Targett
Mark – Maikolo Fetikoa
Mike – Lachlan Dearing
Al – Ross Chisari
Bobby – Max Bimbi
Larry – Brady Kitchingham
Paul – Ethan Ritchie
Ritchie – Tony Oxybel
Cassie – Angelique Cassimatis
Sheila – Nadia Coote
Maggie – Madeline Mackenzie
Judy – Angelina Thomson
Bebe – Natalie Foti
Vicky/Dance Captain – Molly Bugeja
Diana – Mariah Gonzalez
Val – Rechelle Mansour
Kristine – Suzanne Steel
Connie – Ashley Goh

CREATIVES
Director/Choreographer – Amy Campbell
Musical Director – Damon Wade
Music Supervisor – Andrew Worboys
Associate Director/Associate Choreographer – Sally Dashwood
Set Designer – Simon Greer
Lighting Designer – Peter Rubie
Costume Designer – Christine Mutton
Associate Musical Director – Zara Stanton

Company Manager – Jonathan Ware
Production Manager – Amellia Bruderlin
Stage Manager – Maree Delvecchio
Wardrobe Supervisor – Evelyn Everaerts-Donaldson
Head Electrician – Matt Quince
Voice and Dialect Coach – Linda Nicolls-Gidley
Assistant Stage Manager – Lillian Lee
Microphone Technician – Ashleigh King
Production photography by Robert Catto

ELYSHA MANIK
Assistant to the Choreographer/ Sheila cover and Kristine cover

NATASHA MARCONI
Diana cover

TIM DASHWOOD
Zach cover

https://www.darlinghursttheatre.com/achorusline

Production photography by Robert Catto





 

 

THE CLASSIC MUSICAL ‘A CHORUS LINE’ IS COMING TO THE HOUSE

Director Amy Campbell

Darlinghurst Theatre Company has announced that its long-awaited new production of A CHORUS LINE will open at the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House on 11 February 2022.

Featuring brand new choreography by Helpmann Award-nominated director and choreographer Amy Campbell, this legendary musical stars some of the country’s most talented triple threats, including Adam Jon Fiorentino as Zach, the director loosely based on the show’s creator Michael Bennett. Fiorentino has performed in Mary Poppins on Broadway; Follies and Saturday Night Fever in London’s West End; the Australian tour of Aladdin, and Kiss of the Spider Woman for Melbourne Theatre Company.

Angelique Cassimatis, (American Psycho, Pippin, Hair, Saturday Night Fever, Priscilla Queen of the Desert) returns as Cassie, a former star desperate to be part of the chorus in Zach’s new show. Artistic Director Amylia Harris is thrilled to welcome Cassimatis back and recalls the incredible audience reaction to her performance during the final preview in 2020. “After Angelique’s solo number halfway through the second act, the audience rose to its feet to give her a standing ovation. It was literally show stopping!”

Following two postponements due to the pandemic, this brand-new production will finally lay bare the struggles performers face to be seen, heard, recognised and respected. The 20 roles are based on the real-life anecdotes of Broadway dancers interviewed by Michael Bennett in his East Side studio one weekend in January 1974. Rivalry and wine paved the way to a weekend of divulged secrets about their upbringing, coming-of-age, sexuality and careers.  Continue reading THE CLASSIC MUSICAL ‘A CHORUS LINE’ IS COMING TO THE HOUSE

A CHORUS LINE : PLENTY OF RAZZLE DAZZLE @ IPAC

In Richard Harris’ epic, evergreen pop song MacArthur’s Park the firebrand performer and songwriter sang about a relationship in these metaphorical terms, and I paraphrase, ‘I have made the perfect cake, but I left out in the rain, and it took so long to make it, and I’ll never have that recipe again’.

I don’t know long he took to make it but  American thespian Michael Bennett sure did come up with a wonderful recipe for a musical with his show which is currently having a revival care of So Popera Productions at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. Continue reading A CHORUS LINE : PLENTY OF RAZZLE DAZZLE @ IPAC

MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS A CHORUS LINE @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

Chorus LineThis is  a pure entertainment experience first seen in 1975, and coming from that time when the Broadway musical scene was in full unrivaled glory,

Be taken on a life affirming, two hour emotional roller coaster ride delivered in song and dance. A CHORUS LINE the entire cast delivers emotionally charged performances, and triumphantly delivers the ultimate expression, of what all musicals need to be.

Conceived by Michael Bennett, dancers try out for a new musical, before a very demanding director. Based on stories from real Broadway dancers, as remembered by fellow dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett. Book by Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood, is still very fresh and marvellously creative, with its dancer audition line-up of twenty-six unique individuals. Full of life characters, with true-to-life back stories. Continue reading MANLY MUSICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS A CHORUS LINE @ STAR OF THE SEA THEATRE MANLY

THE LAST IMPRESSARIO

Second Image
Archival photo of Michael White with one of his celebrity friends, Jack Nicholson

THE LAST IMPRESSARIO is a documentary about “the most famous man you have never heard of,” the theatre producer Michael White. Michael was responsible for Oh! Calcutta!, A Chorus Line, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Joseph & The Technicolour Dreamcoat, Annie, and The Comic Strip Presents.

This warm tribute is a tale full of fascinating details of life in London’s swinging sixties and the numerous artistic, professional and personal relationships with fascinating people who were drawn to Michael’s vibrant and fun loving personality. Numerous people tell us about being in awe of his achievements and his popularity. We learn of this second hand and do not experience this ourselves as he is now a frail, elderly man. Some of the people sharing their impressions of Michael are Kate Moss, Yoko Ono, John Cleese, Bill Oddie, Naomi Watts, the American director John Waters, Barry Humphries, Anna Wintour, Rachel Ward and Jim Sharman.

Gracie Otto met Michael by chance in Cannes 2010 and was drawn to this character that numerous high profile performers, arts and entertainment people would approach at the exclusive industry parties. So began the journey of bringing his fascinating and untold story to screen, which led her to travel to 6 countries over 3 years, interviewing 70 people, including the man himself.

Across his 50 year career Michael has produced 101 stage productions and 27 films. A prolific London theatre and film impresario, playboy, gambler, bon vivant and friend of the rich and famous, he is now in his late 70’s. He is renowned for breaking the next big thing, including fostering Australian talent such as Greta Scacchi, Rachel Ward, Naomi Watts, Meryl Tankard and Barry Humphries, to name a few. White brought Yoko Ono to Britain, introduced dance pioneers Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch to the wider world and made Vogue editor Anna Wintour to pay attention to Kate Moss.

This is an celebrity studded film covering the highs and spectacular lows of Michael’s career.There is plenty of archival footage and evocative photographs of the rich and famous including David Bowie, Jack Nicholson, Prince Charles, Koo Stark, Mick Jagger, Maggie Thatcher, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Jim Sharman, Elizabeth Taylor and Paul McCartney give glimpses into Michael’s life.

My only reservation with the film is with its celebrity focus how well do we really get to know the man behind the legend?!  We only seem to see certain aspects of him.

THE LAST IMPRESSARIO  screened at the 2014 Sydney Film Festival and is on limited release from 26th June. For more about The Last Impresario, visit http://www.thelastimpresario.com/

A CHORUS LINE

James Morgan’s great pic of the finale

The classic 1975 Broadway musical, A CHORUS LINE, has an irresistible recipe, wonderful music together with a great storyline with a huge heart.

It was groundbreaking for its time in its documentary style, exploring the often troubled personal stories of a group of performers auditioning for places in the chorus line of an upcoming high profile new musical.

Not quite 40 years later, Baayork Lee, one of the participants in the original workshop production of A CHORUS LINE, and on whom the character Connie is based, is directing this touring production.

Lee has come up with a bold, stunning production that runs straight through in a couple of hours.

In a show filled with highlights, Karlee Misipeka’s (Diana) delivery of the classic ballad WHAT I DID FOR LOVE and Debora Krizak (Sheila), Stephanie Grigg (Maggie) and Monique Salle’s (Bebe) rendition of AT THE BALLET were particular highlights.

You will have to be quick to catch this production. There are only twenty one performances at the wonderful Capitol theatre with the show leaving town on Saturday 11th August.

(c) David Kary

25th July, 2012

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