A Chorus Line: Full Casting Announced

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The Broadway Production at the London Palladium

Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Conception, Original Direction and Choreography by
Michael Bennett
Direction and Original co-choreography by Bob Avian Will Rogers Follies, Crazy For You and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the

The production will be directed by Broadway and West End veteran director and
choreographer Bob Avian. Avian was Michael Bennett’s long term collaborator and
his co-choreographer on the original production. Avian was also responsible for
directing the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said:  “I am delighted to welcome  A Chorus Line into The
London Palladium. This classic Broadway production has not been seen in the West
End for almost 35 years. Marvin Hamlisch was a great friend and supporter in my
early career  and I can think of no more fitting tribute to him than this major

This long anticipated revival will become a tribute to the show’s composer Marvin
Hamlisch who tragically died in early August last year. Hamlisch’s contribution to
the stage and screen is widely recognised as being seminal. Perhaps his best known
songs include  The Way We Were and  Nobody Does It Better and along with his
musical theatre work his scores for films include  Ordinary People and  Sophie’s

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Diana),  John Partridge (Zach), Scarlett Strallen (Cassie)
and Leigh Zimmerman (Sheila)  will be joined by Lucy Adcock (Judy), Georgie
Ashford (Trisha), Ed Currie (Bobby), Frances Dee (Kristine), Segun Fawole (Butch),
Harry Francis (Mark),  Simon Hardwick (Al), Rebecca Herszenhon (Val), James  T
Lane (Richie), Marc Leslie (Roy), Vicki Lee Taylor (Maggie), Daisy Maywood (Bebe),
Alice Jane Murray (Lois), Alastair Postlethwaite (Larry), Andy Rees (Greg), Adam
Salter (Mike), Alexzandra Sarmiento (Connie), Michael Steedon (Tom), Gary Watson
(Don) and Gary Wood (Paul). Further casting includes  Rebecca Giocopazzi,
Genevieve Nicole and Ashley Nottingham.

The role of imperious director Zach will be played by West End leading man and TV
star John Partridge, best known for his role as Christian Clarke in EastEnders. John
has appeared in numerous musical theatre productions including Cats, Starlight
Express, Tommy, Grease,  The Drowsy Chaperone,  Rent  and Miss Saigon. John is
currently one of the presenters of the National Lottery programme and  he was
selected by the BBC to join Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charlotte Church and Sheila
Hancock as a judge on BBC1’s Over The Rainbow.

Scarlett Strallen is currently starring as Kathy in the West End production of Singin’
in the Rain,  for which she received an Olivier Award nomination. Her previous
theatre work includes Clara in Passion at the Donmar Warehouse, the title role in
Mary Poppins in the West End and on Broadway and  Truly Scrumptious in Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.

Leigh  Zimmerman has appeared twice in the West End production of  Chicago
playing Velma Kelly and in 2005 she was Olivier nominated for her role as Ulla in
The Producers at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Alice Jane Murray and Marc Leslie were selected to join the cast of A Chorus Line
from the open auditions that were held at the London Palladium back in September
2012. Selected from 2000 hopefuls, 19 year old Alice will be making her west end

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt was most recently seen playing Gypsy Rose Lee in
Leicester Curve’s production of  Gypsy. She also  played the lead role of Alex in
Flashdance in the West End and the role of Anita in the international tour of West
Side Story.

Michael Bennett’s production of  A Chorus Line won nine Tony Awards and the
Pulitzer Prize for Drama when it opened on Broadway in 1975 and went on to
become the then longest running musical on Broadway achieving an astonishing
6137 performances. It features some of musical theatre’s best loved songs:  One
(Singular Sensation),  What I Did For Love,  I Can Do That,  Hello Twelve, Hello
Thirteen, Hello Love and Hope I Get It.

For the first time since its first London season, which opened in 1976 and won the
Olivier Award for Best Musical, a full London revival of the Broadway Production
will be staged at the London Palladium from February 5th 2013, with a press night
on Tuesday February 19th
Following the announcement of a limited season through to July 2013, booking has
now been extended to January 2014.

A Chorus Line
The London Palladium
8 Argyll Street, Soho, London, W1F 7TF

Box Office 0844 412 2957


First preview: February 5tat 7.45pm

Booking until: January 2014

Tickets: £19.50 - £65

Preview prices: £10 off top three prices

Access rate: £25
Monday – Saturday 7.45pm, Wednesday and Saturday 3pm (first midweek matinee on February 13th)