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Chorus Line to be made into Korean version

By Chung Ah-young
Staff reporter

A Korean rendition of the award-winning Broadway musical ''A Chorus Line'' will be produced in collaboration with the original creative team next month.

The first adaptation of the 2006 Broadway revival version to be shown here in Korea will be directed and choreographed by Baayork Lee with a cast of local musical actors.

Lee made her Broadway debut at the age of 5 in the musical ''The King and I'' and starred as Connie Wong in the premiere of "A Chorus Line" in 1975. She has worked both as a veteran director and choreographer as well as been involved in more than 35 musicals. As the director, Lee participated in the selection of the Korean cast in March and praised the enthusiasm and quality of the Korean actors here, according to Nine Culture, the local production company.

For the Korean production, the auditions took place for two weeks from March 11 to 24. Some 1,000 actors applied for the audition and 30 finalists were chosen for the cast of the Korean production.

''A Chorus Line'' is about 17 dancers auditioning for a chorus line on Broadway and revolves around director Zach who asks them to talk about their own stories.

The musical has been produced in some 20 countries. It was also made into a film version in 1985, starring Michael Douglas. Revived in 2006, the musical has toured the United States.

The musical will feature a 15-member orchestra that will perform hit musical numbers such as ''I Hope I Get It,'' ''The Music and the Mirror,'' ''The Tap Combination'' and ''What I Did for Love.''

The show won nine Tony Awards out of 12 nominations. Since its premiere in 1975, it became the longest-running production in Broadway with 6,137 performances in 1991.

The musical will be on stage from June 26 to Aug. 22 at COEX Artium in southern Seoul. Tickets cost from 60,000 won to 100,000 won. For more information, visit www.achorusline.co.kr or call (02) 747-5811.
By Chung Ah-young
Staff reporter

A Korean rendition of the award-winning Broadway musical ''A Chorus Line'' will be produced in collaboration with the original creative team next month.

The first adaptation of the 2006 Broadway revival version to be shown here in Korea will be directed and choreographed by Baayork Lee with a cast of local musical actors.

Lee made her Broadway debut at the age of 5 in the musical ''The King and I'' and starred as Connie Wong in the premiere of "A Chorus Line" in 1975. She has worked both as a veteran director and choreographer as well as been involved in more than 35 musicals. As the director, Lee participated in the selection of the Korean cast in March and praised the enthusiasm and quality of the Korean actors here, according to Nine Culture, the local production company.

For the Korean production, the auditions took place for two weeks from March 11 to 24. Some 1,000 actors applied for the audition and 30 finalists were chosen for the cast of the Korean production.

''A Chorus Line'' is about 17 dancers auditioning for a chorus line on Broadway and revolves around director Zach who asks them to talk about their own stories.

The musical has been produced in some 20 countries. It was also made into a film version in 1985, starring Michael Douglas. Revived in 2006, the musical has toured the United States.

The musical will feature a 15-member orchestra that will perform hit musical numbers such as ''I Hope I Get It,'' ''The Music and the Mirror,'' ''The Tap Combination'' and ''What I Did for Love.''

The show won nine Tony Awards out of 12 nominations. Since its premiere in 1975, it became the longest-running production in Broadway with 6,137 performances in 1991.

The musical will be on stage from June 26 to Aug. 22 at COEX Artium in southern Seoul. Tickets cost from 60,000 won to 100,000 won. For more information, visit www.achorusline.co.kr or call (02) 747-5811.
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