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A Chorus Line: Teen Edition

A full-length version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, adapted for performance by teen actors with family audiences.

  • Full Length Musical
  • Backing Tracks, Drama
  • 105 minutes

  • Time Period: 1970s
  • Target Audience: Teen (Age 14 - 18), Appropriate for all audiences
  • Cautions: No Special Cautions

  • Performance Group:
  • High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical (1976)
    Winner! 4 Drama Desk Awards (1976)
    Winner! 3 Obie Awards (1976)
    Winner! Theatre Theatre World - Special Award (1976)
    Winner! The Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1976)
    Winner! Special Gold Tony Award in honor of becoming Broadway's longest-running musical (1984)
    Winner! 2 Tony Awards including Best Revival (2007)
A Chorus Line: Teen Edition is a full-length version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, adapted for performance by high school students with family audiences. Every aspect of the show has been developed specifically for high school performers: dialogue and content are age-appropriate, dance sequences are of a length befitting high school dancers, and allowances are made to feature actors of any race or ethnicity. The materials have been prepared - with the authors' approval - to help your school or organization mount the best possible production and to give your students an exciting and rewarding experience.

A Chorus Line is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway performers, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include "What I Did for Love," "One," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "The Music and the Mirror," and "I Hope I Get It." A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, the show was instantly recognized as a classic.

Though it remains a full-length musical, A Chorus Line: Teen Edition differs from the original version in several ways. Here are some examples of the changes:

  • The character of "Larry" is now "Lori," allowing for an additional female principal role.
  • The open call portion of the audition ("I Hope I Get It") requires fewer boys.
  • No references to smoking or suicide.
  • "Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love" no longer contains any explicit sexual content.
  • "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three" now features the refrain "This and That," and does not explicitly reference the character's anatomy.
  • The dance sequence in "The Music and the Mirror" is shortened.
  • The first version of "One," in which the actors learn the combination, is simplified.
  • No "R-rated" profanity.
  • The tap sequence is significantly shorter.
  • Paul's monologue is slightly reduced in length.
  • Alternate dialogue is provided for more flexible casting of Connie, Richie and Judy, who can be played by actors of any race or height.

Premiere Production:

Opening Off-Broadway at The Public Theater on April 15, 1975, A Chorus Line, originally starring Donna McKechnie, Sammy Williams, Robert LuPone and Carole Bishop, transferred to the Shubert Theatre on Broadway on July 25, 1975 and ran for 6,137 performance before closing on April 28, 1990.
On September 29, 1983, A Chorus Line became the longest-running show in Broadway history. In London it played 903 performances at the Theatre Royale, Drury Lane. It was revived at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway in 2006 and played for 759 performances.

  • Casting: 11M, 12F
  • Casting Attributes: Ensemble cast, Role(s) for Asian Actor(s), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Role(s) for Latino Actor(s), Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Chorus Size: Medium

  • ZACH - Director/Choreographer
    LORI - Zach's assistant

    Dancer's on the Line (audition numbers in parentheses)
    CASSIE (no number)
    SHEILA (152)
    VAL (179)
    DIANA (2)
    JUDY (23)
    KRISTINE (10)
    MAGGIE (9)
    BEBE (37)
    CONNIE (149)

    MIKE (81)
    RICHIE (44)
    DON (5)
    PAUL (45)
    MARK (63)
    GREG (67)
    BOBBY (84)
    AL (17)

    Named Dancers
    FRANK (boy in the headband)

  • Name Price
    Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Order Now

    1 x Piano-Vocal Score
    1 x Prompt Book/Vocal Part

    Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance. This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show.

    22 x Prompt Book/Vocal Parts
    1 x Director's Production Guide
    1 x Piano-Vocal Score
    1 x Disc Set, consisting of:
     - 1 x Two-Disc Set of Sing-Along CD's
     - 1 x Choreography DVD


    Director's Production Guide: A complete director's script with background material, directional pointers, details on incorporating the show's production into the school curriculum and suggestions for involving your community at large.
    Prompt Book/Vocal Parts: Individual books containing the complete script and all vocal material.
    Piano-Vocal Score: Spiral-bound piano reduction with orchestral and dialogue cues, for use as an additional rehearsal tool.
    Sing-Along CD Set: 1-disc recording of professional vocalists singing the full score, to help your cast learn the songs.
    Choreography DVD: Video containing simple, effective dance steps and staging ideas for selected songs, with optional choreographer voice-over.

    $550.00 +$135.00/pm
    Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    A Chorus Line: High School Edition is licenced EITHER with pre-recorded performance tracks, OR, if you prefer to use a live orchestra, you may rent the full orchestration below:

    1 x Reed I: Piccolo, Flute, Alto Flute (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 x Reed II: Piccolo, Flute, Eb Clarinet (or Flute), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet & Alto Saxophone
    1 x Reed III: Oboe (or Clarinet), English Horn (or Clarinet), Clarinet & Tenor Saxophone
    1 x Reed IV: Flute (or Clarinet), Clarinet, Eb Contrabass Clarinet (or Bassoon), Bassoon & Baritone Saxophone

    2 x Trumpet I & II (both doubling Flugelhorn)
    1 x Trumpet III (doubling Flugelhorn)
    1 x Trombone I (tenor)
    1 x Trombone II (tenor)
    1 x Trombone III (bass)

    2 x Percussion I & II:
    (I) Mallet Instruments:
    Timpani (2 drums)
    Bongos (2)
    Congas (2)
    Small Triangle
    Wood Blocks (2)
    Gran Cassa
    Bell Plate
    Bell Tree

    (II) Trap Drums:
    Bass Drum
    Snare Drum
    Tom-Toms (3)
    Floor Tom
    Wood Block

    1 x Keyboard I (multiple registrations; principally Piano)
    1 x Keyboard II (multiple registrations; principally Harp)
    1 x Keyboard III (multiple registrations; principally Strings)

    1 x Bass (Acoustic, Electric & Bass Guitar)

    Piano-Conductor's Score sent with rehearsal material.

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm
    Performance Tracks Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance. This is optional.

    1 x Two-Disc Set of Performance CD's

    $350.00 +$135.00/pm