The sixth longest running Broadway hit of all time will come to The Columbia Entertainment Company this weekend. With music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban, the show first opened in 1975 and became an unexpected and unprecedented hit musical receiving twelve Tony Award nominations and winning nine, in addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The premise of the musical is the in-depth drama of the performers who make up a musical chorus line, sometimes comedy, sometimes desperately serious, but always unappreciated as stars. The audience becomes acquainted with the background characters as real people, and their stories are told for the first time, as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.
The performance begins in the middle of an audition before an extremely demanding director and choreographer, and the characters are loathe to reveal their pasts at first. Many are long-time aspiring performers whose desperation becomes apparent as the play progresses. Sometimes hilarious and at times poignant, the audience becomes involved in their lives, and probably will never think of the unidentified and unheralded chorus line in the same way again.
Now in its 37th year, The Columbia Entertainment Company describes its mission as the enrichment of the community by bringing quality theatre to the citizens of mid Missouri, as a venue for live theatre productions. Their goals are to provide the opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to receive training in live theater, and to be a valuable and stable community organization, with support from the community.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy live musical theatre in one of Broadway’s most popular productions, and to support the continuing opportunities to educate and foster Missouri’s aspiring musical performers.
Where: Columbia Entertainment Co, Columbia, Missouri
When: Saturday, Feb 20 – 7:30pm and Sunday, Feb 21 – 2:00pm
Admission: $10 – $12. To purchase tickets, please click here.
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