Show­biz show seeks per­form­ing ta­lent

The Tribune (NZ) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - MAL­COLM HOPWOOD

Get set to kick up those heels. The mu­si­cal said to be the in­spi­ra­tion for Amer­ica’s Got Ta­lent and other tele­vised ta­lent shows, is com­ing to the Re­gent On Broad­way next April.

A Cho­rus Line, suc­cess­ful on Broad­way and the West End is rarely per­formed in New Zealand be­cause of the de­mand it places on per­form­ers.

Re­gent On Broad­way pro­duc­tions has en­gaged ex­pe­ri­enced dance direc­tor/chore­og­ra­pher Dean McKer­ras and mu­si­cal direc­tor Stephen Fisher, to stage the eight-per­for­mance sea­son from April 13 to 22, 2017 with au­di­tions on Oc­to­ber 23 to 24.

All about the au­di­tion process, the mu­si­cal un­masks the lives of stage hope­fuls and what mo­ti­vates them.

‘‘It’s a rare in­sight into what goes on in an au­di­tion which, in turn, be­comes the mu­si­cal it­self,’’ McKer­ras said.

‘‘How­ever, un­like TV ta­lent shows, there’s no relief on stage for the per­form­ers as they have to ex­pose their emo­tional all.’’

The show with mu­sic by Os­car win­ner Marvin Ham­lisch, opens with a mass au­di­tion num­ber be­fore the dancers are whit­tled down to the fi­nal cut. They then face an un­ex­pected in­ter­view which puts them un­com­fort­ably on the spot. A Cho­rus Line is con­sid­ered Ham­lisch’s great­est achieve­ment. One, the mu­si­cal’s fi­nale, is sen­sa­tional - some­thing an au­di­ence will sing all the way home.

Other mem­o­rable num­bers in­clude What I Did For Love, I Can Do That, and Hello Twelve, Hello Thir­teen, Hello Love.

Re­quir­ing not only tal­ented dancers but also singers and ac­tors, the show’s 18 main char­ac­ters com­prise 16 au­di­tion­ees, the show direc­tor and the dance cap­tain/chore­og­ra­pher.

‘‘We are cast­ing our eye wider than the Manawatu re­gion and are seek­ing the best ta­lent from the lower half of the North Is­land,’’ McKer­ras said.

With 35 years ex­pe­ri­ence as a na­tion­ally re­garded dancer and chore­og­ra­pher, McKer­ras’ ath­leti­cism and move­ment has graced many mu­si­cals from CATS, Chess and 42nd Street to La Cage au Folles.

‘‘ Cho­rus Line is a show about true lives where the cast can be them­selves and cre­ate the drama, pas­sion and spec­ta­cle of a Broad­way pro­duc­tion. It is as real life as mu­si­cal theatre gets.’’

Any­one in­ter­ested in be­ing a part of next year’s pro­duc­tion should reg­is­ter with McKer­ras on 027 285 0284

MIKE SEGAR

A top line mu­si­cal show that per­form­ers will get a real kick out of, is au­di­tion­ing next month.

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