Local critics have praised CCM’s Mainstage production of A Chorus Line, which continues tonight and runs through October 30 in Patricia Corbett Theater. Directed and choreographed by Diane Lala with musical direction from Roger Grodsky, A Chorus Line gives an inside look at the world of musical theatre by telling the story of a group of Broadway hopefuls as they audition for the next big hit.
Scott Cain of Talkin’ Broadway says the musical’s cast “shows themselves to be true triple threat performers. All of the dancing is sharp and cohesive, executed with full energy.” He went on to compare A Chorus Line with another Tony Award-winning musical that is currently on Broadway:
“A Chorus Line has a lot in common with the hottest show on Broadway right now, Hamilton. Both were developed Off-Broadway at the Public Theatre, won numerous Tony Awards including Best Musical, and won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a rarity for musicals. CCM’s production is skillfully helmed, performed, and designed, and is a wonderful example of this show in its traditional form.”
The show was praised as being “one of the best shows in Cincinnati,” by the League of Cincinnati Theatres. The reviewer wrote: “A Chorus Line and CCM Musical Theatre Program are a perfect match. These students LIVE these stories. They bring a passion and a pathos that is visceral, making this musical about an audition as true today as it was in 1975, when the show first hit Broadway. Director Diane Lala’s cast delivers so many great moments in this show that it is a 10, both for dance and looks.”
Rafael de Acha praised CCM’s “lineup of excellence” and A Chorus Line‘s creative team in his review of the production on Rafael’s Music Notes. “The stunning visual aspects of the production again remind us that CCM is unarguably one of the top theatre arts training centers in the country,” he wrote. “From Matthew D. Hamel‘s clean-lined and symbolic set to Lindi-Joy Wilmot‘s period-perfect costumes to Jeremy Dominik‘s gorgeous lighting, the show’s design by students is as good as you will get outside of the school by seasoned pros.”
You can read a preview of the production on the River City News website.
The League of Cincinnati Theaters gives viewers an inside look at A Chorus Line costuming in this video interview with student designer, Lindi-Joy Wilton.
Kirk Sheppard‘s A Chorus Line review is available to read online at The Sappy Critic.
Find more information on CCM’s A Chorus Line online at http://ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/chorus-line.html.
• 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26
• 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27
• 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28
• 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30
Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village
University of Cincinnati
Tickets to A Chorus Line are $31-35 for general admission, $22-25 for non-UC students and $18-21 for UC students with a valid ID. Customizable subscription packages are also available.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice/mainstage/chorus-line.html.
Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for more information on parking rates.
For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.
For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor and Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Mainstage Season Production Sponsor: Macy’s