March 3, 2005Southampton Players Alumni Return to the Avram Stage in "A Chorus Line"
Classic Musical Revived at Southampton College
Amanda Olsen (email@example.com)
Southampton, NY In their first revival, which ultimately culminates into their final theatrical performance, Southampton Players is preparing to "step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch...again" with A Chorus Line, a musical extravaganza that originally wowed East End audiences in the summer of 2002.
Previously branded as a "breathless, heart quickening theatre experience," this years A Chorus Line will not fail to impress, as actors have again dedicated themselves to recreating the original staging through various dance clinics at Dance Manhattan. This years production welcomes back original Chorus Line veterans Allison-Rose DeTemple, Abigail Flynn, Shannon Gilson, Oscar Gonzalez, Chuck Novatka, Matthew Petrucci, and Kristen Senese. A Chorus Line will also feature performances by Jose Torres, Michael Morch, Dawn Leddick, Jason Nower, Sari Feldmen, TJ Garafolo, Sue Vinski, Rachel Goodale, and Jaymeson Metz. Southampton College alumnus Robert Florio, most recently seen as the Boss Whalen in the fall production of Not About Nightingales, will be taking on the role of the director, Zach.
Timeless and poignant, A Chorus Line evolved from an off-Broadway at the Public Theater to a home at Broadways Shubert Theatre, where it ran for a total of fifteen years with 6,137 performances. Created by the late Michael Bennett, the Pulitzer Prize winning story captures the importance of inner drive and desire of dancers auditioning for an unnamed Broadway show in 1975. Beginning with 24 performers, who are immediately cut down to17 in the first ten minutes, the show revolves around their hopes, dreams, and fears, as the line is reduced to the desired 8 dancers. In 1976, A Chorus Line won a total of ten Tonys including Best Musical and a Theatre World Special Award for Ensemble Performance. A Broadway revival is set for September 2006.
Performances for A Chorus Line run April 2nd 3rd, 8th-10th, and 15th-17th at Southampton Colleges Avram Theatre. Friday and Saturday performances are held at 8pm, while Sunday performances begin at 5pm. Tickets and reservations can be obtained for all performances except April 17th by calling (631) 287-8899. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.