A Chorus Line at the London Palladium announce cast

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The Legendary Broadway musical A Chorus Line has announced casting for the show in London at the London Palladium opening in February 2013.

Leading a cast and company of over 50, John Partridge will play Zach. John has starred in many West End shows including Cats, Grease, The Drowsy Chaperone and Miss Saigon and is best known for his role as Christian Clarke in EastEnders. In 2010, John, alongside theatre legend, Sheila Hancock and singer Charlotte Church, was one of the judges for the Andrew Lloyd Webber TV show Over The Rainbow, in search to find a young girl to play Dorothy in the London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz. Coincidentally it this show that has finished to make way for A Chorus Line.

West end leading lady Scarlett Strallen will star as Cassie. Scarlett is currently starring as Kathy in the West End production of Singin’ in the Rain, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination and was previously seen as the title character Mary Poppins both in the West End and on Broadway and as Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.

Stage and screen actress Leigh Zimmerman  will play Sheila. Leigh has starred twice in Chicago in the West End playing Velma Kelly. Leigh was Olivier nominated for her role as Ulla in The Producers at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and starred in Contact as The Girl in the Yellow Dress at the Queens Theatre in London’s West End.

Victoria Hamilton-Barritt stars as Diana. Victoria has been seen most recently on the stage playing Gypsy Rose Lee in Leicester Curve’s production of Gypsy. She also played Maria in the award-winning London show of West Side Story.

A Chorus Line focuses on a group of dancers auditioning for a part in a Broadway show. There are nineteen main characters in the show which is set on the stage of a Broadway theatre during the audition process as the dancers compete for a place in the show.

The show provides the audience with an insight into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe events that had shaped their lives and led to their decisions to become dancers. Every dancer is desperate for work which is portrayed in the opening number “I Hope I Get It”. The chorus line must be reduced to just four boys and four girls.

The show features memorable songs such as One (Singular Sensation) and Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen and Hello Love.

The show in London will be choreographed by Bob Avian, who was a co-choreographer on the original Broadway show alongside Michael Bennett.

The music was written was Marvin Hamlisch, with the lyrics by Edward Kleban.