A Chorus Line - High School Edition

A Chorus Line - High School Edition

A Chorus Line - High School Edition

A Chorus Line - High School Edition

Overview

A Chorus Line - High School Edition is a full-length version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, adapted for performance by students with family audiences. Every aspect of the show has been developed specifically for young performers: dialogue and content are age-appropriate, dance sequences are of a length befitting young dancers, and allowances are made to feature actors of any race or ethnicity. The materials have been prepared - with the authors' approval - to help your school or organisation mount the best possible production and to give your students an exciting and rewarding experience.

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A Chorus Line is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway performers, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include "What I Did for Love," "One," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "The Music and the Mirror," and "I Hope I Get It." A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, the show was instantly recognised as a classic.

Though it remains a full-length musical, A Chorus Line - High School Edition differs from the original version in several ways. Here are some examples of the changes:

  • The character of "Larry" is now "Lori," allowing for an additional female principal role.
  • The open call portion of the audition ("I Hope I Get It") requires fewer boys.
  • No references to smoking or suicide.
  • "Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love" no longer contains any explicit sexual content.
  • "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three" now features the refrain "This and That," and does not explicitly reference the character's anatomy.
  • The dance sequence in "The Music and the Mirror" is shortened.
  • The first version of "One," in which the actors learn the combination, is simplified.
  • No "R-rated" profanity.
  • The tap sequence is significantly shorter.
  • Paul's monologue is slightly reduced in length.
  • Alternate dialogue is provided for more flexible casting of Connie, Richie and Judy, who can be played by actors of any race or height.

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Details

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Cast Attributes: Role(s) for Asian Actor(s), Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Role(s) for Latino Actor(s), Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences

Authors

Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett (1943–1987) was an American musical theatre director, writer, choreographer, and dancer. He won seven Tony Awards for his choreography and direction of Broadway shows and was nominated for an additional eleven.

Bennett's choreography credits include Henry, Swee ...

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James Kirkwood

James Kirkwood (1924–1989) was an American playwright, author and actor. In 1976 he received the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his work on A Chorus Line.

Born in Los Angeles, Kirkwood began his career a ...

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Nicholas Dante

Nicholas Dante (1941–1991) was an American dancer and writer, best known for having co-written the book of the musical A Chorus Line. Born Conrado Morales in New York City, Dante began his career as a dancer and performer, appearing on Broadway in Applause, Ambassador and Smi ...

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Marvin Hamlisch

June 2, 1944—August 6, 2012

As composer, Marvin Hamlisch won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, three Golden Globe awards, and the Pulitzer Prize (won by A Chorus Line). Only Hamlisch and Richard Rodgers have won a “PEGOT” ...

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Edward Kleban

Edward Kleban (1939-1987) was the lyricist of A Chorus Line, for which he won the 1975 Tony Award, the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Desk and Olivier Awards. His score for the musical A Class Act, produced posthumously, was nominated for the 2001 Tony and Drama Desk Awards and ...

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