Riverside Theatres lines up hit musical with Sydney Festival

DTC-A-Chorus-Line-photo-by-Daniel-ShippRiverside Theatres, in partnership with Sydney Festival, is thrilled to announce the Australian premiere season of the much-anticipated Broadway smash A Chorus Line as part of its dazzling 2022 program.

Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s new production of the Tony Award-winning musical, which was originally slated to open last year, is now set to kick off at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta on 6 January 2022.

“We are overjoyed to welcome this exciting new production of A Chorus Line to Riverside Theatres and celebrate our ongoing partnership with Sydney Festival,” City of Parramatta Lord Mayor said Cr Steven Issa.

“Riverside Theatres has played a leading role in the growth and development of the performing arts sector in Sydney and has attracted some of the world’s best artists, shows and festivals to our City.”

Riverside Theatres director Craig McMaster said it is wonderful to see the much-loved Riverside Theatres coming back to life.

“Riverside Theatres is committed to bringing the very best art and live performance offerings from around Australia and the world to Western Sydney, and I can’t think of a better way to kick off our 2022 program than with the Australian premiere season of this reimagined Broadway classic,” said Mr McMaster.

Previously postponed twice due to the pandemic, this fierce and purposeful new production of the legendary dance musical features brilliant choreography from one of Australia’s most revered talents, director Amy Campbell, whose credits include the Australian productions of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights and Hamilton.

“Amy Campbell’s gritty restaging of A Chorus Line is gutsy, street-smart and speaks to our times,” said Sydney Festival Director Olivia Ansell. “This year’s festival, which includes a jam-packed, world-class program in Parramatta, will get behind Sydney’s vibrant arts community, as we safely reunite artists with audiences this summer.”

Conceived and originally directed by Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line tells of the struggles Broadway performers go through to be seen, heard, recognised and respected. Featuring the music of Marvin Hamlisch (including Dance Ten; Looks Three, What I Did for Love and One) – A Chorus Line explores what it means to put everything on the line.

Opening on Broadway in 1975, A Chorus Line has won 10 Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and countless international plaudits – remains one of the most successful musicals of all time.

Amy Campbell said she was overjoyed to be making her directorial debut with A Chorus Line at Riverside Theatres. “Sydney Festival is my favourite time of year, so to be a part of this year’s incredible line-up of shows and artists is a dream come true,” she said.

“I remember going to see my favourite dance shows as a kid at Riverside Theatres, and now I get to watch this new Australian production of A Chorus Line take to that amazing stage. It is a truly epic experience,” said Ms Campbell.

A Chorus Line plays at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres from 6 – 16 January 2022. Tickets now on sale. For more information, visit: www.riversideparramatta.com.au for details.

Image: A Chorus Line – photo by Daniel Shipp