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END OF THE LINE
June 4, 2008

By ROGER B. HARRIS

When the dancing had to stop: A Chorus Line to close up shop on August 17

The 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line will tap its last tap at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on August 17. The show, which opened on October 5, 2006, will have played 759 regular performances, on top of 18 previews. ( It recouped its investment in 19 weeks.)

The Michael Bennett musical had a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban.

Producer John Breglio said, For the last two years, audiences have been able to rediscover A Chorus Line, but more important a whole new generation has been introduced to this great American musical. Bringing this show back to Broadway has been an extraordinary experience for all of us who worked to get it here.

The original production opened at the Newman Theater in the Public in the spring of 1975 and went on to transfer to the Shubert Theatre on Broadway in the summer of that year. The show won the Pultizer Prize for Drama, to add to its nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

Reviewing the 2006 production for New York Theater News, our critic Jeremy Gerard noted that a big mistake was made in trying to replicate the original as closely as possible. The work came across as tired and faded. Summing up , he said, A Chorus Line without heart is just another cheesy backstage soap opera.

The national touring company of the production is at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles through July 6.