Au­di­tions for A Cho­rus Line

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

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.

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