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