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One of Broadways best lands on Cumming Playhouse stage
A Chorus Line runs April 24 to May 17
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“A Chorus Line” runs at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays April 24 through May 17 at the Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St. Tickets are $27.50 or $25 for seniors and students. To purchase tickets, go to www.playhousecumming.com or call (770) 781-9178.

CUMMING — BK Productions will bring the classic musical “A Chorus Line” to the Cumming Playhouse for a four-week run beginning April 24.

The show’s producer, Kathy Russell, will lead the show with her husband, Bob Russell, who will be overseeing the show’s live music from a seven-piece band.

Kathy Russell described “A Chorus Line” as one of the most beloved and honored shows in Broadway’s history.

“It was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and received nine,” she said. “It also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976, which is rarely presented to a musical, and was the longest-running show in Broadway history for over 20 years.”

The show’s record of more than 6,100 Broadway performances was topped only in 1997 by “Cats,” which is also planned for a future stop on the Cumming Playhouse stage. “A Chorus Line” remains the sixth longest-running show in Broadway history.

The Russells wanted to bring the show to local audiences for many reasons.

“It’s just a fabulous show, it has everything,” she said. “It has awesome music, dancing and writing … it will make you laugh, it will make you cry and everything in between.”

“A Chorus Line” is set on a Broadway stage as 17 dancers audition for a show’s chorus line. As each dancer delves into why he or she wants to land the job, the show becomes a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration.

Russell added that audiences likely will be intrigued to know that the local production’s choreographer, Buddy Stotts, performed in the show on Broadway.

“That was one of the reasons we wanted to do this show so much,” Russell said. “How fabulous is it to have Buddy, who was actually an actor in this show on Broadway, leading our choreography?”

Russell anticipates that “A Chorus Line,” which is for mature audiences, will sell out fast. She encouraged anyone interested in buying tickets to do so quickly.

“The quality of the performers in this production is awesome,” she said. “This is a show where all the actors have to be true triple threats — great at acting, singing and dancing — so it’s a difficult show to cast.

“But we are blessed to have all 24 cast members be truly amazing. We really think this will be one of the most professional shows ever done at the Cumming Playhouse.”