Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Fun Fact of the Day: A Chorus Line and Chicago

In keeping with the dance theme today, especially since I was moving on Saturday and missed the National Dance Day festivities, I decided to post about some of the similarities between A Chorus Line and Chicago, arguably two of the most significant Broadway shows in terms of dance. There are definitely some interesting comparisons between the two, specifically in regards to TONY wins and lengths of their runs. For example, the original production of A Chorus Line and the revival of Chicago won numerous TONYs and enjoyed wildly successful runs, among the top six in Broadway history, while the revival of A Chorus Line and the original production of Chicago failed to win a single TONY award  and could not seem to find an audience for long runs. 1975, when both of these shows premiered, was clearly an incredible year for dance on Broadway, showcasing the finest works of choreographers and directors Michael Bennett and Bob Fosse. It is also important to not the Broadway dancers Charlotte D'Amboise, Bebe Neuwirth, and Ann Reinking, among others, have appeared in both A Chorus Line and Chicago.


Original Broadway Production: 
  • opened July 25, 1975
  • nominated for 12 TONY awards, winning 9 including Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress (Donna McKechnie)
  • won 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • ran for 6137 performances

2006 Broadway Revival:
  • opened October 5th, 2006
  • nominated for 2 TONY awards for Best Revival and Best Featured Actress (Charlote D'Amboise), but lost both
  • ran for 759 performances


 Original Broadway Production:
  • opened June 3, 1975
  • nominated for 11 TONY awards, won zero, lost a majority to A Chorus Line which opened the same year
  • ran for 936 performances

1996 Broadway Revival: 
  • opened November 14, 1996
  • nominated for eight TONY awards, won six including Best Revival, Best Direction, Best Choreography, and Best Actress (Bebe Neuwirth)
  • still currently running after over 5500 performances

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