Arts & entertainment

'Chorus Line' opens Arvada Center's new season

Classic musical opens Arvada Center’s new season

Posted 9/1/17

Through the plays and musicals they do, actors get the opportunity to go to places as people they wouldn’t otherwise.

But for the first show of the 2017-2018 season, the Arvada Center is bringing to life a world all too familiar to its cast — …

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Arts & entertainment

'Chorus Line' opens Arvada Center's new season

Classic musical opens Arvada Center’s new season

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Through the plays and musicals they do, actors get the opportunity to go to places as people they wouldn’t otherwise.

But for the first show of the 2017-2018 season, the Arvada Center is bringing to life a world all too familiar to its cast — auditioning for a Broadway musical in the classic production, “A Chorus Line.”

“I’ve been in these situations myself and seen some of this stuff happen first-hand,” said P. Tucker Worley, who plays Mike in the show. “You see everyone from new, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed actors to jaded veterans, all of whom who still want the part.”

The show runs at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd., from Sept. 12 to Oct. 1. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Directed by Rod A. Lansberry, with musical direction by David John Madore, the show takes the audience along with 17 dancers as they audition for a spot in the chorus of a Broadway musical. The entire show takes place over the span of a day, and provides windows into the many different characters who are hoping to have their dreams come true.

Many, like Connie, played by Rae Leigh Case, are at least loosely based on real people that original creator and director Michael Bennett knew from the scene.

“People often have this misconception that actors or dancers are just doing a show, but there’s always more to it,” Case said. “It’s so easy to relate to these characters.”

Both Case and Worley are from the Arvada area, and so getting the opportunity to take the main stage at the Arvada Center is a big deal for both.

“It’s extra special and really an honor,” Case said with a laugh. “But there’s an extra bit of pressure because you don’t want to blow it.”

As musical director at the Arvada Center for the first time, Madore, who lives and works in New York City, is excited about working in an artistic community as vibrant as the one at the Arvada Center.

“I’m astounded at all the arts opportunities going on here, especially the children’s productions,” he said. “There’s something completely different about how a mind works after it is exposed to the creative world.”

Madore brings a different experience to the production, as he has also worked on the other side of the audition process — playing music for those performing for casting directors.

“Someone not in the business will still be able to project themselves onto the characters in this show,” he said. “It’s so specific about what people want, and you’ll be able to say, ‘I know this person.’ “

For anyone who loves the stage, dance, or a story about characters doing everything possible for the things they love, “A Chorus Line” fits the bill.

“It’s an important story to tell because a lot of people don’t know what this world is like,” Worley said. “This is the story that shows what we do.”

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