A Chorus Line was first produced in 1975. It ran for years on Broadway. There was a motion picture. Now, you have the chance to see this classic musical in a fine production at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, but you only have until July 10 to see it. Don’t miss it.
If you’ve never been to see a production here, you owe it to yourself to get to Center Valley, PA, and fall in love with the place. The one and only time these eyes and ears experienced a production here was a few years ago, pre-covid, of an outstanding Antony and Cleopatra. Now, we have another outstanding, although totally different, production in idyllic surroundings.
If you have never heard of the story, A Chorus Line details what happens during a casting call for dancers to be hired for a chorus line. Michael Bennett asked Nicholas Dante to sit in on these sessions. Dante brought autobiographical material to light in the character of Paul, as well as other stories. Being Latino, he has some of the more poignant moments in the show. Eddie Martin Morales does a fine job in the role.
Just about every performer in the show was outstanding. The direction, choreography, costumes, lighting, scenic and sound design were first-rate. For some in the audience, it took them some time to realize that the live music was coming from the covered orchestra pit. Interestingly, there was no intermission.
You owe it to yourself to get to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival by July 10 to see this smashing production of A Chorus Line.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is located at 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA, 18034.
Their next presentation, from July 13 through August 7 will be Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, with many outstanding actors in the cast. Starting later, August Wilson’s Fences will be performed July 27 through August 7, again featuring fine actors from stage, screen, and television.