A CHORUS LINE – HIGH SCHOOL EDITION is a full-length version of the landmark musical, adapted for performance by high school students with family audiences. Every aspect of the show has been developed specifically for high school performers: dialogue and content are age-appropriate, dance sequences are of a length befitting high school dancers, and allowances are made to feature actors of any race or ethnicity.
This special adaptation was developed in collaboration with iTheatrics – who helped Tams-Witmark create our Young Performers’ Editions of ANYTHING GOES, BYE BYE BIRDIE, CRAZY FOR YOU, and THE WIZARD OF OZ – in association with Baayork Lee, who directed the recent Broadway revival and originated the role of Connie in the world premiere cast. All of the author-approved materials included with A CHORUS LINE – HIGH SCHOOL EDITION were designed to help schools and theaters mount their best possible production and to give students an exciting and rewarding experience.
Widely considered one of Broadway’s all-time greatest shows, A CHORUS LINE is a bracing concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway audition. The original Broadway production officially opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway on July 25, 1975, after a sold-out Off-Broadway run at the Public Theater. Directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett, the show featured music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante.
A CHORUS LINE dominated the 1976 Tony Awards, taking home nine trophies, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The production ran for a record-breaking 6,137 performances, and held the title of Longest-Running Show in Broadway History until 1983, when CATS took the title.
Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features several of the most popular songs in musical theater, including “What I Did for Love, “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “One.”
Though it remains a full-length musical, A CHORUS LINE – HIGH SCHOOL EDITION does differ from the original version in several ways:
- No “R-rated” profanity and no references to smoking or suicide.
- “Larry” is now “Lori,” allowing for an additional female principal role, and the open call audition (“I Hope I Get It”) requires fewer boys.
- “Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love” no longer contains any explicit sexual content.
- “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” now features the refrain “This and That!”
- Some dance sequences are shortened.
- Alternate dialogue is provided for more flexible casting of Connie, Richie and Judy, who can be played by actors of any race or height.
- A Director’s Production Guide
- A Staging and Choreography DVD to assist blocking and dance
- A Rehearsal Sing-Along CD with professional vocalists singing all the music
Also available for rental:
- A Performance CD with recorded professional accompaniment of the entire show
- Full orchestration for performance with a live orchestra
Tams-Witmark is thrilled to offer students, teachers, and administrators across the country this new opportunity to produce one of the greatest musicals in history. We can’t wait to see all the new and brilliant school productions of A CHORUS LINE – HIGH SCHOOL EDITION!
Photos courtesy of East Grand Rapids High School and director Ms. Pamela Steers Photography © Jan Lewis