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WEEKENDER / Entertainment

August 14, 2012

‘A Chorus Line’ kicks up its last at Straw Hat Theatre

ASHTABULA —  

 Marvin Hamlisch died two week ago at 68.

One of the most prolific composers of our time, Hamlisch was the recipient of three Academy Awards, four Grammys, four Emmys, two Golden Globes and one Tony Award.

He provided music for numerous shows and movies including “The Goodbye Girl,” “Ordinary People,” Woody Allen’s “Bananas” and a new musical “The Nutty Professor” based on a Jerry Lewis film which recently opened in Nashville.

One of Hamlisch’s most popular shows, “A Chorus Line.” can be seen on the Straw Hat Theatre stage today and Saturday at 8 p.m.

“A Chorus Line” celebrates song and dance and the performers who perform them as the show opens on an empty stage where the final, grueling audition for a new Broadway show is about to begin. Through it all you’ll hear their individual stories of hope and sacrifice as each one yearns for a chance to do what he knows he was destined to do — dance.

The show was conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett with book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban. The production is directed by Stephen Rhodes of Conneaut.

A live orchestra directed by Debra Fleming of Ashtabula plays the exhilarating musical score that includes popular numbers such as “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “One (Singular Sensation)” and the perennial favorite “What I Did for Love.”

Box office ticket prices are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Advance-sale, pre-paid tickets will receive a $2 discount per ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by phone at 964-3396.

This production is not recommended for children and contains material that may offend some people.

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