Auditions for A Chorus Line
A musical, said to be the inspiration for America’s Got Talent and other televised talent shows around the world, will be brought to life at the Regent on Broadway next April.
A Chorus Line, musical theatre’s answer to reality TV, has enjoyed great success on Broadway and the West End but is rarely performed in New Zealand because of the demand it places on performers.
Regent on Broadway Promotions has engaged experienced dance director/choreographer Dean McKerras and musical director Stephen Fisher to stage the eight performance season from April 13-22, 2017. Auditions for the show will be held on October 23/24.
The musical is about the audition process and unmasks the lives of those auditioning for a show and what motivates them to push themselves to the point of performance and beyond.
‘‘It’s a rare insight into what goes on in an audition which, in turn, becomes the musical itself,’’ Dean McKerras explains.
The 18 main characters in the show comprise 16 auditionees, the director and the dance captain/ choreographer. The musical require talented dancers but also include roles where the emphasis is on singing and acting.
‘‘We are casting our eye wider than the Manawatu region and are seeking the best talent from the lower half of the North Island,’’ Dean says.
As well as record-breaking seasons around the world, A Chorus Line became a successful movie, directed by the legendary Richard Attenborough and starring Michael Douglas. It was written by Oscar winner, Marvin Hamlisch, who composed such songs as The Way We Were, Looking Through the Eyes of Love, Smile, Alfie’s Girl, Break It To Me Gently and the musical score for The Sting and Sophie’s Choice.