Sierra Repertory Theatre is celebrating 40 years of bringing talent from around the country to Sonora with the legendary and iconic Broadway musical, “A Chorus Line” starring Russell Garrett as Zach and Adrienne Hampton as Cassie.
“A Chorus Line” runs through March 24.
Garrett, who played Harry Bright in “Mamma
Mia!,” and Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady,” will be pulling triple-duty in this
production. Not only will he play the role of Zach, but Garrett will recreate
Michael Bennett’s original staging and choreography for SRT audiences.
Winner of nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, this landmark musical has thrilled audiences around the world. The unparalleled score by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban includes “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “Nothing,” and “Dance Ten, Looks Three.”
“A Chorus Line” held the record as the longest-running show on Broadway for 15 years. It’s Tony Awards included Best Musical, Best Director and Best Choreographer, and it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
In an empty theatre, on a bare stage, casting
for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. The field’s been narrowed down
to just 17 dancers. For these men and women, this audition is the chance of a
lifetime. It’s what they’ve worked for — with every drop of sweat, every hour
of training, every day of their lives. It’s the one opportunity to do what
they’ve always dreamed of, but before the final cut is made, the director Zach
asks each of them to talk about themselves. He starts by asking their name,
age, hometown and reason for being a dancer. But Zach wants more than just
their resumes. He wants to know about their families, friends, lovers,
ambitions and careers. One by one, they come forward. Some are shy or
reluctant, while others are more than happy to reveal their innermost thoughts.
From funny to heartbreaking, these 17 dancers share with us the stories of
“A Chorus Line” departs from the usual glossy backstage musical by presenting a true picture of what it's like to be in the theatre: glamorous-yes, at times, but also tough, heartbreaking and sometimes even tragic. It is a celebration of those unsung heroes of American Musical Theatre – the chorus dancers. Those valiant, over-dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who back up the stars and often make them look even more talented than they are. It is also a musical about competition, and this might easily be the common denominator that grabs the audience and holds it by the collective heartstring until the final choices are made.
“A Chorus Line” will be performed at East Sonora Theatre,13891 Mono Way, in
East Sonora. For tickets, call the box office at (209) 532-3120, or purchase
them online at www.SierraRep.org, or visit the East Sonora Theatre Box Office
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, located at 13891 Mono Way in
Sonora. Performance times are 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and
Sundays and 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Ticket prices range from $32 to $47.
Discounts for seniors, veterans (w/ID), children, and students (18 and over
with student ID) are available for all performances. Special discounts for
groups of 20 or more are also available. “A Chorus Line” is rated PG-13.