In 1975, the stories of 17 Broadway dancers sprang to life when A Chorus Line opened off-Broadway. Born from workshop sessions with actual Broadway dancers (eight of whom appeared in the original cast), this musical turned the spotlight on the anonymous sparkling workhorses of the ensemble. The scrutiny of the audition room gives way to the intimacy of a confessional as — one by one — the usually overlooked cogs in the machine step forward to divulge why their lives are singular and sensational.
This incisive portrait of the life of the Broadway dancer received 12 nominations for Tony Awards and won nine — in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. With a Broadway run of 6,137 performances, national tours, and international productions, A Chorus Line is both a snapshot of a moment in history and a platform for fresh talent, which is showcased in New York City Center's 2018 Gala Presentation, led by Bob Avian (original co-choreographer) and Baayork Lee (Connie, original cast).