Elgin Summer Theatre (EST) presents A CHORUS LINE which will run at The Hemmens Cultural Center July 15 – 17 and July 22 – 24, 2016.
Get a glimpse back stage as 17 performers compete for eight coveted spots in the chorus of a Broadway musical. A CHORUS LINE introduces us to the grueling audition process where dancers are not just asked to show what they can do, but show who they are.
During the audition these Broadway gypsies bare their souls while sharing stories of their dreams, ambitions, fears, and experiences in show business. This Pulitzer-Prize winning musical is for anyone who has ever put it all on the line, whether for a career or for love.
The original production of A CHORUS LINE opened in May of 1975, won numerous awards, and went on to become the longest running American musical in Broadway history. A radical departure from the typical Broadway show at that time where a story was presented as each event led to the next, A CHORUS LINE is a series of monologues that together form a story line.
Conceived by choreographer Michael Bennett, each performer’s story is told with music by Marvin Hamlisch and memorable musical numbers that include At the Ballet, Dance: Ten, Looks: Three, What I Did for Love, and One (Singular Sensation). Through music and dance we get to know each performer individually and root for our favorites.
The Elgin production of A CHORUS LINE is directed by Charlie Brieger and choreographed by Heather Goldman, who have collaborated on past EST performances including Hair, Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, and last year’s BroadwayWorld Chicago Award Nominee Next to Normal.
EST is a showcase for regional talent and is funded through a grant from the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and the City of Elgin.
Show times are 8 pm July 15, 16, 22 and 23, with 3 pm matinees on July 17 and 24.