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MPH to present ‘A Chorus Line’

— Manlius Pebble Hill School’s performing arts department will present the long-running Broadway musical, “A Chorus Line,” Dec. 8 to 11 at Coville Theatre.

The rare high school production, featuring a cast of 26 students, is being presented through special arrangement with licensing agent Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. Eight musicians plus a set and technical crew of 10 students are also involved in the musical.

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Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 9 and 10. Matinee performances are planned for 2 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11. “A Chorus Line” contains mature themes and language that may not be suitable for children under the age of 13. The Dec 10 matinee, however, is a special family-friendly adaptation.

“A Chorus Line” opened on Broadway in 1975 and ran for more than 6,000 performances before closing in 1990. It presents the stories of Broadway dancers auditioning for places in a chorus line. Based on the book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante and with choreography by Michael Bennett, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban, “A Chorus Line” won numerous awards, including the 1975 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best play of the season and the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Among the most famous songs in “A Chorus Line” are “I Hope I Get It, “At the Ballet, “One,” and “What I Did for Love.”

Tickets to the MPH production of “A Chorus Line” are $10. Tickets for children under the age of 12 will be sold for the Dec. 10 family-friendly performance at $5. For tickets, call 446-2452, ext. 120.

Susan Gullo is director of communications for MPH.

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