With a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and music by Marvin Hamlisch, A Chorus Line is a musical derived from several taped sessions with Broadway dancers, aka 'Gypsies'. Nineteen main characters in A Chorus Line broadway line up for an audition for chorus on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre giving a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.
On May 21, 1975, A Chorus Line opened off Broadway at The Public Theater to sell out audience. Producer Joseph Papp now moved the show uptown and opened at the Shubert Theatre, on July 25. It ran there for 6,137 performances and became the longest running show in Broadway history until Cats came out in 1997 and The Phantom of the Opera in 2006. It is now the fifth longest-running musical ever. Michael Bennett conceived, directed and co-choreographed the show A Chorus Line with Bob Avian. Scott Allen, Kelly Bishop, Wayne Cilento, Ronald Dennis, Baayork Lee, Priscilla Lopez, Donna McKechnie, and Thommie Walsh, Nancy Lane, Kay Cole, Ron Kuhlman, Rick Mason, Don Percassi, Renee Baughman, Pamela Blair, Sammy Williams, Clive Clerk, Trish Garland made up the original cast.
Out of 12 Tony Award nominations, A Chorus Line broadway won nine: Best Musical, Best Actress (McKechnie), Best Featured Actor (Sammy Williams), Best Featured Actress (Bishop), Best Director, Best Musical Book, Best Score (Hamlisch and Kleban), Best Lighting Design, and Best Choreography. The show A Chorus Line also received 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play of the season. The show A Chorus Line the musical has also toured successfully and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical of the Year 1976 went to the production mounted at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London's West End. An unsuccessful film adaptation was released in 1985.
The show A Chorus Line one many worldwide productions, both professional and amateur, have been a major source of income for The Public Theater. A Chorus Line Cast has been featured on different TV shows and concerts in different ways. Lea Salonga has sung the song Nothing saying and says 'To all those who said I couldn't make it; to all those who said I'd never get this far; and to all those who said I was better-off not trying, this one's for you!' in her concert, The Broadway Concert. 'One' has been sung by Debra in an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond and malpractice lawyer Neena Broderick danced to its tune in the Scrubs episode 'My Malpractical Decision'. Even the Simpson family has sung to its tune in the episode 'Tree house of Horror V'.
Peter plays 'What I Did For Love' on drinking glasses in the Family Guy episode 'One If by Clam, Two If by Sea'. 'What I Did For Love' was sung by Danny and Rebecca in the Full House episode 'Our Very First Telethon'.
Lois' store co-worker Craig sings 'I Hope I Get It' in the Malcolm in the Middle episode 'Mini-Bike'. Elaine also sang a line from the song in a season one episode of Seinfeld entitled 'The Robbery'. Other Shows such as 30 Rock, Road to Rhode Island and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, fantasy novel, Changeling and the film Mrs. Doubtfire all make references to one Ch
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