‘Chorus Line’ continues at SCC
Jessica Salt, Kyle Stoner, Dominic Lessa and Jamie Roman are ready to step into the spotlight with the opening of “A Chorus Line”
The drama of the anxiety and anticipation of waiting for that big break, set to a score of classic musical favorites composed by the late Broadway legend Marvin Hamlisch, have helped make “A Chorus Line” one of the most decorated shows in history. The popular musical comes to Sonoma, opening Friday, Aug. 24, and running through Sunday, Sept. 9.
The story is simple: a group of dancers gather for a grueling Broadway audition that tests their singing and dancing skills. While each dream that the audition will offer a break into stardom, one by one they are cut from the production and sent home.
In between high-energy song and dance numbers such as “I Hope I Get It,” “Sing” and “One,” the audience is introduced to each character and their back-story that lead them to this audition.
The original Broadway production took home nine Tony Awards, as well as the 1976 Pulitzer Prize Award for Drama. For decades, it remained the longest running musical on Broadway, with 6,137 performances, until surpassed by “Cats” and “Chicago.”
Here in Sonoma, the show is being produced by Sonoma Valley High School School graduate Abbey Lee and her newly formed Star eQuality Players.
She brought in longtime theatrical producer Cat Austin to direct, while John Simon will serve as the musical director.
“Its crazy because the last time the three of us worked together it was the last time Cat directed ‘A Chorus Line,’ her first musical. I was in eighth grade, rehearsing in the same building, and same room even as the first production,” Lee beamed.
Tickets are $22 if purchased at the Sonoma Box Office within the Community Center; or $24 if purchased online at sonomacommunitycenter.org. A portion of proceeds from the show will benefit the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation. Between Aug. 24 and Sept. 9, the show will run every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Sonoma Community Center is located at 276 E. Napa St.