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‘A Chorus Line’: For everyone who’s ever had a dream, and tried to make it come true

July 24, 2018

What’s it like to audition for a new Broadway musical after years of work and practice? Imagine all the thoughts and emotions that come into play — knowing your performance in the next few minutes could indeed change your life.

“A Chorus Line,” the show that looks at one day in the lives of 17 dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway production, will be onstage at the Ivoryton Playhouse, Wednesday, Aug. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 2.

Funny, heartbreaking and refreshingly honest, this Tony Award-winning show is based on interviews with real Broadway dancers. Featuring a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban, it’s become Broadway’s longest running musical.

“A Chorus Line” is a celebration of the unsung heroes of the American musical theater. The chorus dancers are the valiant, underpaid, highly trained performers who back up the star or stars, and often make them look even more talented than they are, the playhouse said.

Also a celebration of the American musical itself, it’s a show about competition and how everyone — at one time or another — puts his life on the line. “We all compete, no matter what business we’re in, for promotion, for attention, for approval and for love,” the playhouse said.

“What I Did for Love,” “One,” and “I Hope I Get It” are among the memorable numbers in this fusion of song, dance and drama, directed and choreographed in Ivoryton by Todd Underwood.

Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main St. Wednesday, Aug. 8-Sunday, Sept. 2. Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday, 2 p.m. $55 adults, $50 seniors, $25 students, $20 children. 860-767-7318, www.ivorytonplayhouse.org

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