A Chorus Line


Nov 9 – Dec 2, 2018
Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive

Book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Directed and Choreographed by Kurt Domoney 

A Broadway chorus audition comes to life in one of the most celebrated musicals of all time with a brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and drama. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional chorus dancers, this Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning show features one powerhouse number after another including “What I Did for Love, “One,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.” Instantly recognized as a classic when it premiered in 1975, A CHORUS LINE ran for a record-breaking fifteen years and is beloved by generations as the ultimate tribute to Broadway musical theatre.

KURT DOMONEY is thrilled to direct at Northwestern University for the first time. Mr. Domoney’s affiliation with this iconic show began playing Don Kerr and tome in the Broadway revival company of A CHORUS LINE, which was directed and choreographed by original company members and creators, Bob Avian and Baayork Lee.  He was also the Associate Director and Choreographer of A CHORUS LINE at North Shore Music Theatre alongside director Mark Martino. In additional, he has played the role of Bobby at Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY and Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine. Other directing credits include the world premiere of PRINCESS DIANA: THE MUSICAL at Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. He has choreographed EVITA, LA BELLE HELENE, DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT and THE TALES OF HOFFMAN for Opera North, Lebanon, NH, COFESSION SESSIONS for AMDA, NY FLY ME TO THE MOON for Transcendence Theatre Company, Sonoma, CA and the Off-Broadway production of A NEW YORK CAROL at Abingdon Theatre, NY.

Other performing credits include the First national Tour of 42ND STREET, THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR at Radio City Music Hall as well as roles at Goodspeed Opera House, Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Huston TUTS, and three seasons with the Sacramento Music Circus. Kurt holds a BDF in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati/CCM and is the Co-Founder/Director of Broadway Kids Auditions in NYC, specializing in focused professional workshops and coaching for kids ages 8-14.

MARVIN HAMLISCH (Music, 1944 –2012) was an American composer and conductor. Hamlisch was one of only twelve people to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. This collection of all four is referred to as an "EGOT". He is one of only two people (along with Richard Rodgers) to have won those four prizes and a Pulitzer Prize. For Broadway he wrote the music for his groundbreaking show, A CHORUS LINE, which received the Pulitzer Prize as well as THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG, THE GOODBYE GIRL and SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. He also wrote the musical scores for JEAN SEBERG and THE NUTTY PROFESSOR MUSICAL. He was the composer of more than forty motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for THE WAY WE WERE and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for THE STING, for which he received a third Oscar. His prolific output of scores for films include original compositions and/or musical adaptations for SOPHIE’S CHOICE, ORDINARY PEOPLE, THE SWIMMER, THREE MEN AND A BABY, ICE CASTLES, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN, BANANAS, SAVE THE TIGER and THE INFORMANT!

EDWARD KLEBAN (Lyrics, 1939 –1987) was an American musical theatre composer and lyricist. Kleban was born in the Bronx, New York in 1939 and graduated from New York's High School of Music & Art and Columbia University, where he attended with future playwright Terrance McNally. Kleban is best known as lyricist of the Broadway hit A CHORUS LINE. He and composer Marvin Hamlisch won the 1976 Tony Award for Best Original Score, and he shared the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976 with Hamlisch and three other contributors to the musical. The one-woman Phyllis Newman show, THE MADWOMAN OF CENTRAL PARK WEST (1979), featured a few tunes with his lyrics. For several years he worked at Columbia Records, where he produced albums by performers as diverse as Igor Stravinsky and Percy Faith and the album for the Off-Broadway musical NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN. He was a teacher for many years at the BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) Musical Theater Workshop.

MICHAEL BENNETT (Book, 1943 –1987) was an American musical theatre director, writer, choreographer, and dancer. He won seven Tony Awards for his choreography and direction of Broadway shows and was nominated for an additional eleven. Bennett choreographed PROMISES, PROMISES, FOLLIES and COMPANY. In 1976, he won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical and the Tony Award for Best Choreography for the musical A CHORUS LINE. Bennett, under the aegis of producer Joseph Papp, created A CHORUS LINE based on a workshop process which he pioneered. He also directed and co-choreographed DREAMGIRLS with Michael Peters.

NICOLAS DANTE (Book, 1941 – 1991) early career was spent dancing in the chorus of Broadway musicals such as APPLAUSE and AMBASSADOR. In 1974, he was approached by friend Michael Bennett who invited him to the sessions which led to the basis of material for the book of a musical about Broadway "gypsies", the dancers who serve as a backdrop for the leading performers. Eventually, collaborating with James Kirkwood, Jr., the result was A CHORUS LINE, which earned him the 1976 Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In particular, the story of Paul, the homosexual Puerto Rican dancer whose early career consisted of working in a drag show, was based primarily on Dante. The actor who originated the role with the famous monologue, Sammy Williams, won a Best Featured Actor in a Musical award in 1976 for the role. Dante played the role himself later on. He authored a screenplay, FAKE LADY, and a stage musical based on the life of entertainer Al Jolson entitled JOLSON TONIGHT.

JAMES KIRKWOOD JR. (Book, 1924 –1989) was an American playwright, author and actor. In 1976 he received the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the Broadway hit A CHORUS LINE. His playwriting credits include LEGENDS! And STAR STRUCK and his novels include THERE MUST BE A PONY!, GOOD TIMES/BAD TIMES, HIT ME WITH A RAINBOW, SOME KIND OF HERO and P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD.

Creative Team

Music Director: Ryan Nelson
Scenic Designer: Myra Reavis
Costume Designer: Natalia Votinova
Lighting Designer: Joseph Fanjoine
Stage Manager: Karina Wallrafan-Sam

Performance Schedule

Friday, November 9 at 7:30PM
Saturday, November 10 at 7:30PM
Sunday, November 11 at 2:00PM
Friday, November 16 at 7:30PM
Saturday, November 17 at 7:30PM
Sunday, November 18 at 2:00PM
Thursday, November 29 at 7:30PM
Friday, November 30 at 7:30PM
Saturday, December 1 at 7:30PM
Sunday, December 2 at 2:00PM
[Dark during Thanksgiving Week Nov 19 - 28]

Ticket Pricing

Adult $30
Seniors (62+) $27
Area Educator $27
NU Faculty/Staff/Emeriti $25
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door

Estimated Running Time: 2hrs and 15mins, plus one 15min intermission.
Audience Advisory: Strong language, sexual content

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