back – Michele McGovern, Lesley Nadwodnik; front – Katie Wann, Jack Barnard, Deborah Jordan and Shannon Heath
Lesley Nadwodnik, Shannon Heath and Michele McGovern
back – Lesley Nadwodnik and Katie Wann, foreground – Michele McGovern, Deborah Jordan and Shannon Heath

A new production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical, A Chorus Line, deemed “the best musical ever,” will be performed at the Times-Union Center’s Moran Theater January 19- 24 for eight performances only. A Chorus Line still remains the longest running American musical in Broadway history, surmounting many other productions of its time. The original production, choreographed and directed by Michael Bennett, debuted at the Public Newman Theatre on May 21, 1975 and ran for close to 15 years after 6,137 performances. It reopened to rave reviews on October 5, 2006 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and ended its Broadway run on August 17, 2008, breaking the theatre’s box office record seven times in its first five months. The new production features direction by Bob Avian, production by John F. Breglio, scenery by Robin Wagner, costumes by Theoni V. Aldredge, lighting by Tharon Musser, musical direction by John C. O’Neill and re-staging of the original choreography by Baayork Lee.
The musical within a musical features 17 dancers auditioning for a spot on the chorus line, with only eight (four boys and four girls) making the final cut. The dancers reveal details of their personal lives while showcasing their passion for dance and explaining how it has delivered them to a place of freedom in the midst of heartache and struggles of the world. You won’t want to miss this classic rendition presented by the Artist Series.