Wicked and Mary Poppins may be hard acts to follow but if there's one blockbuster musical that can get Perth audiences excited all over again it's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway sensation A Chorus Line.
The story of 17 desperate dancers auditioning for just eight roles in a musical, A Chorus Line is an ensemble show and celebrity isn't the point.
But it does help when your cast features Josh Horner of Billy Elliot, Dirty Dancing and Dancing with the Stars fame.
"This role of Zach really speaks to me," Horner, who plays the imperious Broadway director Zach, said.
"You see people giving their heart and soul and you are in control of their dreams. I've been on both sides of that role, so A Chorus Line mirrors perfectly my life as a dancer."
Directed and restaged by Baayork Lee, who has been associated with A Chorus Line since its 1975 inception and was one of its inspirations, the Australian production also boasts the talents of a number of WA Academy of Performing Arts students and graduates including Stephanie Grigg as Maggie and Sian Johnson as Kristine.
Even the show's Scottish-born producer Tim Lawson graduated from WAAPA in 1990. "I have a real affection for Perth because it's where I first moved to from Scotland and my mother still lives here," he said. The Melbourne-based Lawson said A Chorus Line was a timeless classic and the Australian production had made him to fall in love with it all over again.
He's especially thrilled that younger people are still able to connect with the characters.
"With the popularity of shows such as X Factor, Australian Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, I knew the time was right for A Chorus Line to be presented," he said.
"People have a newly found understanding and insight into the dreams and challenges of aspiring performers."A Chorus Line opens at the Burswood Theatre on October 20.
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