On October 1 last year 2000 hopefuls aged between 18 and 35 stood outside the legendary London Palladium in the pouring rain, all having one dream, to be selected for a role in A Chorus Line, the award-winning Broadway musical that will take to the stage this month.
Having been told to bring their dancing shoes and to warm up their vocal chords, auditionees waited nervously before they performed in front of a judging panel. At the open auditions the hopefuls had to tackle two stages; first they had to successfully complete a double pirouette and if they managed that successfully a dance call with choreographer Baayork Lee was in order.
After the first two stages of the open auditions at the London Palladium, those who were successful moved onto the next rounds, which included a further dance call and the all-important vocal audition with the music team. It was then that the successful candidates auditioned in front on Bob Avian, original Broadway production co-choreographer and his American team, including Patrick Vaccariello – music supervisor, John Breglio and the UK Producers.
After many successful rounds, three candidates were finally selected to join the cast; Alice Jane Murray, Marc Leslie and Ed Currie. This will be Alice’s West End debut, after training at Urdang Academy. Since training she has played numerous ensemble roles in pantomime for Paul Holman Associates as well as having appeared in several dance performances including The Big Dance and Private Drama.
Marc will join us after having played the Mad Hatter in Shrek the Musical at Theatre Drury Lane, which he took on after appearing in the touring version of the Rocky Horror Show. Prior to this he played the parts of Sky and Eddie in Mamma Mia.
Ed Currie, a former Arts Educational Schools student will also be returning from a UK tour of the Watermill’s production of the Radio Times. Other work includes ensemble in the original cast of Top Hat (UK Tour), ensemble in Prince of the Pagodas for the Royal Opera House, and numerous appearances with the National Youth Music Theatre.