A Chorus Line
Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kleban, and Book by James Kirkwood, and Nicholas Dante
“A Chorus Line remains unimpeachable” – The New York Times
Seventeen Broadway dancers are auditioning for eight spots on a chorus line. Exploring the inner lives and bittersweet ambitions of performers, A Chorus Line captures the spirit, tension, and hope of an audition.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012) (Music) was the composer of the Broadway musical They’re Playing Our Song and Sweet Smell of Success and shared the Pulitzer Prize for his score of A Chorus Line. He was the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received a third Oscar. Hamlisch held the position of principal pops conductor with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC. Mr. Hamlisch was a graduate of both the Juilliard School of Music and Queens College.
Edward Kleban (1939-1987) (Lyrics). A Chorus Line was Mr. Kleban’s first Broadway musical, and his lyrics won 1975 Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Awards as well as the Pulitzer Prize. He died in 1987 at the age of 48. Mr. Kleban’s music and lyrics comprise the score of the musical A Class Act, produced on Broadway in 2001, for which he was posthumously nominated for a Tony and a Drama Desk Award. In addition to his legacy as a songwriter, Mr. Kleban created the Kleban Foundation, which awards grants to aspiring theatre lyricists. To date, the foundation’s grants total more than $3 million.
James Kirkwood (Book) was a Broadway and television actor as well as half of the comedy team Kirkwood Goodman before taking up writing. His novels include There Must Be a Pony!, Good Times/Bad Times, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!, Some Kind of Hero and Hit Me With a Rainbow. His nonfiction books include American Grotesque and Diary of a Mad Playwright: Perilous Adventures on the Road With Mary Martin and Carol Channing about the road tour of his play, Legends, which toured again in 2006 starring Joan Collins and Linda Evans. Other plays include the dramatizations of There Must Be a Pony!, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!, and UTBU. James Kirkwood passed away in 1989.
Nicholas Dante (Book). Real name: Conrado Morales. He danced in the choruses of Applause and other Broadway shows as well as various TV shows and nightclubs while pursuing his dream of becoming a writer when Michael Bennett, a friend, called and asked him to collaborate on the first draft of the book for A Chorus Line. The final result earned him a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award and many other honors. He also authored a screenplay, Fake Lady, and a musical based on the life of Al Jolson entitled Jolson Tonite.
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