A Chorus Line | Short Review

Laura Lott
Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Nikolai Foster's production of the iconic subversive backstage musical is playing at the Leicester Curve before touring the UK

Adam Cooper (Zach) and the cast of A Chorus Line (Images credit Marc Brenner)
Adam Cooper (Zach) and the cast of A Chorus Line (Images credit Marc Brenner)

Chorus members are often the unsung heroes of Musical Theatre, but they get their moment to shine in the seminal 1975 musical A Chorus Line, which takes us inside the audition room for a Broadway musical. 

Nikolai Foster’s touring production remains true to the original's ethos with minimal sets and costumes and a focus on the lived experiences of each character. The impressive cast easily juggle the tone switches from humour to pathos and deliver perfectly executed dance routines alongside heartfelt personal stories. By the time the final casting decision is due, the audience will be rooting for all of them.

Rachel Jayne Picar (Connie Wong), Mireia Mambo (Richie Walters), Joshua Lay (Al Deluca), Katie Lee (Kristine Urich) and Chloe Saunders (Val Clarke)

The cast of A Chorus Line

Redmand Rance (Mike Costa), Chloe Saunders (Val Clarke) and Rachel Jayne Picar (Connie Wong)

Mireia Mambo (Richie Walters), Amy Thornton (Sheila Bryant), Katrina Dix (Ensemble) and Chloe Saunders (Val Clarke) 


A Chorus Line by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante (book), Marvin Hamlisch (music) and Edward Kleban (lyrics)

Leicester Curve, Leicester, 8 July 2024

Starring Adam Cooper, Jocasta Almgill, Lydia Bannister, Bradley Delarosbel, Archie Durrant, Carly Mercedes Dyer et al

Directed by Nikolai Foster

A Chorus Line is touring the UK until 5 October  – for more information, venues and tickets, visit achoruslinetour.com

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