A Chorus Line

Musical

Writers: James Kirkwood Nicholas Dante Marvin Hamlisch Edward Kleban Michael Bennett

Context

Beginning in 1974, dancers Michon Peacock, Tony Stevens, and Michael Bennett began a series of taped workshop sessions with fellow Broadway “gypsies.” In these sessions, the dancers talked about their childhoods, their roads to becoming professional dancers, their fears, their hopes, and their thoughts about the business. These tapes provided the content for workshop productions of the musical that would eventually become A Chorus Line.

In the 1970s, most Broadway shows followed the pattern of an out-of-town tryout (often in New Haven or Boston) and then a transfer to a Broadway house. A

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