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A Chorus Line takes Coronado stage Nov. 3

October 27, 2010

From press release

The new production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical A Chorus Line comes to the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford for one show only at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 3. Tickets starting at $29 are on sale at the Coronado box office, online at coronadopac.org or charge by phone at (815) 968-0595. Discounts are available for subscribers and groups of 20 or more.

A Chorus Line reclaimed its place in the heart of Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 W. 45th St.), where it opened to rave reviews Oct. 5, 2006.

A Chorus Line recouped its entire $8 million investment after only 157 performances (19 weeks) on Broadway. It broke the theater’s box office record seven times in its first five months. The show ended its Broadway run Aug. 17, 2008, after 18 preview and 759 regular performances.

A Chorus Line, conceived and originally choreographed and directed by Michael Bennett, features a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban.

The new production features original scenery by Robin Wagner, costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge, lighting by Tharon Musser adapted by Natasha Katz and sound by Shannon Slaton. Orchestrations are by Jonathan Tunick, Billy Byers and Hershy Kay, and vocal arrangements are by Don Pippin. The new 2006 Broadway cast recording of A Chorus Line was released by Masterworks Broadway and is available in stores nationwide.

The original production of A Chorus Line opened at the Public Theater’s Newman Theatre May 21, 1975, and transferred to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre July 25, opening there Oct. 19 of that year. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score and Book, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It ran for nearly 15 years, closing April 28, 1990, after 6,137 performances. A Chorus Line remains the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

From the Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2010 issue

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