orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

November 23, 2012

Broadway musical ‘A Chorus Line’ makes triumphant return to Orange

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — “A Chorus Line,” the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical for everyone who’s ever had a dream and put it all on the line is back on tour with an all-new production.

A “show for all ages” this all-new production will be directed and restaged by Baayork Lee. “A Chorus Line” will play at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25 and again at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 26. Ticket prices range from $35 to $65 and are on sale now at the Lutcher Theater box office, 707 Main Ave. in Orange, online at www.lutcher.org or call 409-886-5535. Group orders for 10 or more may also be purchased by calling 409-886-5535.

The original production of “A Chorus Line” opened at the Public Theater’s Newman Theatre on May 21, 1975 and transferred to Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on July 25th, opening there on October 19th of that year. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score and Book, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It ran for nearly 15 years, closing on April 28, 1990 after 6,137 performances.

On Sept. 29, 1983, “A Chorus Line” became the longest-running American musical in Broadway history and held this title for 28 years from 1983 to 2011, until it was surpassed by Chicago.

In 2006, “A Chorus Line” reclaimed its place in the heart of Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre where it opened to rave reviews on Oct. 5, 2006.

Director Baayork Lee has performed in a dozen Broadway shows and created the role of Connie in “A Chorus Line.” As Michael Bennett’s assistant choreographer on “A Chorus Line,” she has directed many national and international companies. Her directing credits include The King and I and Bombay Dreams (National tours), R&H’s Cinderella (NYC Opera), Barnum (Australia), Carmen Jones (Kennedy Center), Porgy and Bess and Jesus Christ Superstar (European tours), Gypsy and A New Brain.

She has choreographed shows including Mack and Mabel (Shaw Festival); Cocoanuts, Camelot, Damn Yankees, Helen Hayes nomination for Animal Crackers and South Pacific (all at Arena Stage); and Goya, Sly and The Merry Widow (Kennedy Center).

She received the 2003 Asian Woman Warrior Award for Lifetime Achievement from Columbia College, as well as the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association Achievement in Arts Award. Through her new company, National Asian Artists Project (NAAP), naaproject.org, she directed productions of “Oklahoma!” and “Carousel” using all Asian artists. NAAP’s mission is to promote Asian performers in theatre across the country.