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Downtown Performing Arts presents “A Chorus Line”

Celebrate International Dance Day with one of musical theater’s signature dance productions when the Downtown Performing Arts Center and Curtain Up Productions present “A Chorus Line.”

Set for four performances, “A Chorus Line” will be performed at South Hunterdon Regional High School, 301 Mt. Airy-Harbourton Road, Lambertville, N.J., at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29. The show contains adult content.

Choreographer Michael Bennett conceived of “A Chorus Line” as a tribute to a dancer’s life. Bennett recorded more than 40 hours of conversations with Broadway actors to compile the stories that make up the musical.

Bennett worked with playwright/novelist James Kirkwood and former dancer Nicholas Dante to organize and solidify the book, Academy Award winner Marvin Hamlisch composed the music and Broadway newcomer Edward Kleban wrote the lyrics.

Their combined work, including some one-liners by an uncredited Neil Simon, resulted in a show would go on to win nine Tony Awards in 1976, including best musical, score, book, direction and choreography.

In 1983, “A Chorus Line” would become the longest running show on Broadway, a record that would remain unbroken until 1997 when it closed after 6,137 performances.

The musical score includes such memorable numbers as “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At The Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” “I Hope I Get It” and the show’s signature song, “What I Did for Love.”

This production of “A Chorus Line” features performers from the Downtown Performing Arts Center of Lambertville, N.J.

Tickets can be purchased at the door prior to each performance. For information visit downtownpac.com or call 609-397-3337.

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