A Chorus Line cast update at the London Palladium

The principal cast has been announced for A Chorus Line, which is revived in London, opening at the London Palladium 19 Feb 2013, following previews from 5 Feb.

John Partridge (Zach), Scarlett Strallen (Cassie), Leigh Zimmerman (Sheila), Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Diana).

John Partridge is best known for his role as Christian Clarke in EastEnders. John has appeared in numerous musical theatre productions including Cats, Starlight Express, Tommy, Grease, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rent and Miss Saigon. Scarlett Strallen is currently starring as Kathy in the West End production of Singin’ in the Rain. Her previous theatre work includes Clara in Passion at the Donmar Warehouse, the title role in Mary Poppins in the West End and on Broadway and Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium. Leigh Zimmerman has appeared twice in the West End production of Chicago playing Velma Kelly and in 2005 she played Ulla in The Producers at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Victoria Hamilton-Barritt played the lead role of Alex in Flashdance in the West End.

A Chorus Line has music by Marvin Hamlisch, book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante and lyrics by Edward Kleban.

The show is about Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. It is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre. The show provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. Features songs: One (Singular Sensation), What I did For love, I Can do That, Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love and Hope I Get It.

A Chorus Line is directed by Bob Avian, who was Michael Bennett’s long term collaborator and his co-choreographer on the original production in 1975. Avian was also responsible for directing the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line.

This revival will become a tribute to the show’s composer Marvin Hamlisch who died in early August this year.

Produced by Mark Goucher, Adam Kenwright, ACT Productions, Tim Lawson, Daniel Sparrow & Mike Walsh Productions.

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