A Chorus Line, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line is back on tour with an all new production.
A Chorus Line comes to South Miami- Dade Cultural Arts Center (10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay) on Sunday, Mar. 17, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $65-$45 and can be purchased at www.smdcac.org or by calling the box office at 786-573-5300. Free parking is available.
The original production of A Chorus Line opened at the Public Theater’s Newman Theatre on May 21, 1975 and transferred to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on July 25, opening there on Oct. 19 of that year. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score and Book, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It ran for nearly 15 years, closing on Apr. 28, 1990 after 6,137 performances. On Sept. 29, 1983, A Chorus Line became the longest-running American musical in Broadway history and held this title for 28 years from 1983 to 2011 (when it was surpassed by Chicago).
In 2006, A Chorus Line reclaimed its place in the heart of Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre where it opened to rave reviews on Oct. 5, 2006.
A “show for all ages” this all-new production will be directed and restaged by Baayork Lee. Lee has performed in a dozen Broadway shows and created the role of Connie in A Chorus Line. As Michael Bennett’s assistant choreographer on A Chorus Line, she has directed many national and international companies. Her directing credits include The King and I and Bombay Dreams (National tours), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (NYC Opera), Barnum (Australia), Carmen Jones (Kennedy Center), Porgy and Bess and Jesus Christ Superstar (European tours), Gypsy and A New Brain.
She has choreographed shows including Mack and Mabel (Shaw Festival); Cocoanuts, Camelot, Damn Yankees, Helen Hayes nomination for Animal Crackers and South Pacific (all at Arena Stage); and Goya, Sly and The Merry Widow (Kennedy Center). She received the 2003 Asian Woman Warrior Award for Lifetime Achievement from Columbia College, as well as the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association Achievement in Arts Award. Through her new company, National Asian Artists Project (NAAP), naaproject.org, she directed productions of Oklahoma! and Carousel using all Asian artists. NAAP’s mission is to promote Asian performers in theater across the country.