Before The Voice, before The X Factor, before So You Think You Can Dance, there was the ultimate audition show: A Chorus Line.
One of the most lauded and revolutionary of Broadway musicals, A Chorus Line elevates the simple story of 24 dancers auditioning for a spot in a show into a poignant drama studded with now-classic songs including “At the Ballet” and “What I Did for Love”.
When A Chorus Line first opened in New York in 1975, it broke all the rules. It was a musical with no set and no story. What it offered instead was an intimate examination of the raw materials of showbiz – the bodies, hopes and dream of people trying to make it on Broadway.
“I didn’t precast any of the roles … everything was up for grabs,” says director and choreographer Amy Campbell. “That’s what A Chorus Line is all about – it’s about auditioning for a show – so I felt that everyone should be given a chance.”
Those who made it through Campbell’s rigorous audition process are: Tim Draxl, who returns to the Eternity stage to play the role of Zach (performed by Michael Douglas in the film adaptation of the musical); Angelique Cassimatis; Daniel Assetta; Molly Bugeja; Samantha Bruzzese; Andrew Cook; Nadia Coote; Lachlan Dearing; Natalie Foti; Keanu Gonzalez; Chaska Halliday; Glenn Hill; Madeleine Mackenzie; Coby Njoroge; Dayton Tavares; Jessica Velluci; Romina Villafrancaand Lyndon Watts as Paul.
All the dancers are put through their paces by Zach’s assistant choreographer Larry, played by Eli Cooper.