A Chorus Line

Having wowed audiences on Broadway way back in 1975, A Chorus Line certainly hasn't lost any of its spark or its relevance.

This production from Leicester Curve, first seen at Christmas 2021 is simply outstanding. Directed by Nikolai Foster, with breath-taking, intense choreography by Ellen Kane, and lighting design by Howard Hudson, has audiences spellbound.

Set in New York, we follow 17 performers auditioning on an empty Broadway stage. Only eight of them will get through. Zach, the Director, invites them to open up, to tell him a little something about themselves. How did they get here? Why did they choose dance? Or did dance choose them? What does it mean to follow your dreams? And in the end, what do you do when the dancing stops?

Adam Cooper is Zach, a commanding portrayal of a forceful character who is trying to get the best out of his auditionees, but ultimately wanting the best to represent himself and hide his heartbreak.

'At the Ballet' performed by the trio of Amy Thornton as Sheila, Lydia Bannister as Bebe and Kate Parr as Maggie, is a beautiful, poignant moment in the production. A story of attending ballet school entwined with family related trauma and escapism.

Manuel Pacific as Paul San Marco had the audience holding their breath, you could have heard a pin drop, as he recounts his story. Emotional, heart felt and truly heart breaking.

A final mention must got to Jocasta Almgill as Diana Morales, she has us transfixed with her rendition of both 'Nothing' and 'What I Did For Love'.

And of course no production of A Chorus Line would be complete without a spectacular finale of 'One', complete with razzle dazzle and the mesmerising costume design of Edd Lindley. One superb singular sensation!

This show was reviewed on the 8th July 2024 at the Curve, Leicester where it runs until the 13th July 2024  Tickets available here: A Chorus Line - Curve Theatre, Leicester (curveonline.co.uk)

A full details of the tour can be found here: A Chorus Line - UK Tour Summer 2024 (achoruslinetour.com)

Review written by Rachel Louise Martin


Photo credit: Marc Brenner

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