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  • A Chorus Line opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on July 25, 1975. It ran for 6,137 performances and is the fifth longest-running show in Broadway history.
  • A Chorus Line was originally choreographed by Michael Bennett. Bennett has won seven Tony Awards® for choreographing and directing and has been nominated for an additional eleven.
  • The original name of the production was to be Chorus Line, but the show’s producers added the ‘A’ so that the show would be listed first alphabetically in all materials.
  • A Chorus Line is based on the true stories of actual performers who came together to tell their tales during a series of taped workshops. They sold their stories to director Michael Bennett for a dollar each. Eight of these performers actually played their own characters in the Broadway production.
  • A Chorus Line was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976.
  • The night President Gerald Ford attended a performance of A Chorus Line on Broadway, the lighting board failed and was patched with paperclips, scotch tape and chewing gum.
  • A film version of A Chorus Line was released by Columbia Pictures in 1985. The cast included Michael Douglas as Zach; Janet Jones, wife of ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, as Judy Monroe; and Matt West, choreographer of the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast, as Bobby.
  • The film version of A Chorus Line was nominated for three Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.
  • The Broadway revival of A Chorus Line starred Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza.
  • Two songs from A Chorus Line, “Sing!” and “What I Did for Love,” were featured in season two of the hit FOX television series “GLEE.”

 

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I Hope I Get It
I Can Do That
“And...”
At the Ballet
Sing!
Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love
Nothing
Dance: Ten; Looks: Three
The Music and the Mirror
One
The Tap Combination
What I Did for Love

 

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1976 Tony Awards®:
Best Musical (Winner)
Best Book of a Musical (Winner)
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Winner)
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Winner and additional Nominee)
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Winner and additional Nominee)
Best Original Score (Winner)
Best Direction of a Musical (Winner)
Best Choreography (Winner)
Best Costume Design (Nominee)
Best Lighting Design (Winner)

1976 Drama Desk Awards:
Outstanding Musical
Book of a Musical
Outstanding Actress in a Musical
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Lyrics

1984 Tony Awards®:
Special Award – Longest-running Broadway Musical

2007 Tony Awards®
Best Revival of a Musical (nominee)
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (nominee)