For The Record: Johannesburg, South Africa: The Oakfields College Faculty of Dance and Musical Theatre presented the musical theatre classic: A CHORUS LINE. Aug 14 — 18, 2018. Venue: The Joburg Theatre.
The Fringe at The Joburg Theatre
163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2001
Conceived and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Co Choreographed by Bob Avian
The annual production presented by The Oakfields College Faculty of Dance and Musical Theatre has become highlight for theatregoers and lovers of musical theatre. This year, A CHORUS LINE is bound to captivate, delight and move audiences at the Joburg Fringe Theatre.
A CHORUS LINE is a magnificent concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition by presenting a true picture of what it’s like to be in the theatre world: glamorous, yes, but at times also tough and heart-breaking!
One Saturday night in January 1974, nineteen of Broadway’s best dancers gathered to share their stories. They sat in a circle; a tape recorder was turned on as they described the events that shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.
Choreographer Michael Bennet transformed these personal accounts into a series of songs and monologues which explore stories of disappointment, dreams and the plight of the professional dancer. And so began the creation of A CHORUS LINE which became one of the longest running shows in Broadway history, winning nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama!
The show features memorable musical numbers including ‘What I Did for Love’, ‘One’, ‘The Music and the Mirror’, and ‘I Hope I Get It’, to name but a few. With music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante, A CHORUS LINE is a brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, which has remained a musical theatre classic over the years.
Director and choreographer Timothy Le Roux has embraced the universal themes and timelessness of A CHORUS LINE in his creative approach to this musical theatre classic.
Video Flashback: A Chorus Line & Idina Menzel at The Olivier Awards:
‘Set in a theatre, about a group of performers auditioning for a musical, made the context of the work hugely accessible to the students and will appeal to any people who believe in the magic of theatre’ says Le Roux. ‘It is, after all, the world we inhabit. The world we love. We understand the universal struggles and insecurities performers experience as they are always chasing the next role’.
Over the past six years, the Oakfields College Faculty of Dance and Musical Theatre has established a solid reputation for setting the barre when it comes to quality student productions. This classic musical, promises to deliver yet another theatrical success, bound to have audiences captivated and enthralled as they explore the inner lives and poignant ambitions of the memorable, tragic and hilarious characters of A CHORUS LINE.
MORE ABOUT OAKFIELDS COLLEGE
After a decade of successfully providing tertiary education in the creative arts, Oakfields College established a dance and musical theatre faculty; a faculty that is already able to boast some exceptional talent currently working across the world on professional contracts with 100% of final year students being signed with SA’s top agents in 2017.
The Oakfields College Faculty of Dance and Musical Theatre lecturers are practising professionals in their specialised fields with hands-on experience and are familiar with the current trends and demands of the performing arts industry.