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Flashback Friday: 1975 Chorus Line Commercial That Launched a Singular Sensation

A Chorus Line will run at New York City Center through November 18.

A Chorus Line is back in Manhattan this weekend with a celebratory production at New York City Center, running through November 18 as part of NYCC's 75th anniversary festivities.

The groundbreaking musical first opened on Broadway in 1975, featuring a Tony-winning score by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban, a Tony-winning book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, Tony-winning choreography by Michael Bennett and Bob Avian, and Tony-winning direction by Bennett, who also conceived of the semibiographical backstage story set at a Broadway dance audition.

The original production ran for nearly 25 years, becoming Broadway's longest-running show (that is until Cats took its place in 1997) and sealing its place in musical-theater history. Flash back to where it all began with one of A Chorus Line's earliest TV commercials, featuring the legendary members of the original Broadway company — and of course, their headshots.

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