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A Chorus Line

Stage Door Theatre will follow up their hit production of Cabaret with another classic musical.  Their production of A Chorus Line will open April 8th and run through May 17th.   One of the longest running shows of all time, A Chorus Line evolved from several workshop sessions with Broadway dancers (known as ‘gypsies’) taped by choreographer Tony Stevens. The dancers’ frank discussions, admissions, and often painful revelations about their experiences, hopes, and dreams formed the basis of the play, which is set on a bare stage of an anonymous Broadway theatre during auditions for an upcoming musical.  A Chorus Line provides a window to a backstage world most theatre patrons have no idea exists.  

Initially directed and choreographed by the legendary Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line was a critical and box office hit; it received twelve Tony Award nominations, and won nine.  It also was awarded the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  And a number of composer Marvin Hamlisch’s songs, including ‘What I Did for Love’, and ‘One’, became ‘pop’ as well as Broadway standards.   

“I was 12. I had just starting taking dance classes,” explains the show’s director/choreographer Kevin Black. “My parents bought us tickets to a touring production of a show I had never heard of…A Chorus Line. As soon as I heard “5,6,7,8” and the lights revealed a stage full of dancers, well, I was mesmerized. This was me, this was my life. Nine years later I had the privilege of playing Mark for Jean Ann Ryan Productions, even if only as a two week replacement. And thus ends my Chorus Line story…until now. When Dee Bunn asked me if I’d like to direct A Chorus Line, I jumped on the chance. How could I not? This was my opportunity to revisit and old friend and it’s been very nice to become reacquainted.” “When I was offered the project my first immediate thought was “How could I possibly do this better than Michael Bennett?” he continues. “Well the answer was a resounding “I can’t!”. His brilliant staging, patterns, moods and even that iconic choreography were flawless. So, rather than reinvent the wheel, I decided to spruce it up a bit, put some of my touches on it and let this brilliant piece of theatre speak for itself. And just like an old friend that you haven’t seen in years, the reunion has been nothing short of fantastic.”

 A Chorus Line will run from April 8 – May 17 at Stage Door Theatre in Margate. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Coral Springs.  Tickets for A Chorus Line are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at