Broadway’s singular sensation “A Chorus Line” swings into Scranton this weekend.
Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania presents the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical at Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Theater fans will have four opportunities to see the show: Friday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m.
Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com and at the cultural center box office.
The musical focuses on 17 dancers auditioning for a role in a chorus line. As the show progresses, the characters share their personal stories and struggles through song and dance, shedding light on the “glamour and grind” of show business.
Audiences can expect to hear classics like “One,” “I Hope I Get It,” “What I Did for Love” and more.
Frank Blasi, BTL’s executive director, said the production will feature the same choreography, music and costumes as the original “A Chorus Line” production that premiered in the 1970s.
Until “Chicago” beat it out, “A Chorus Line” held the record for the longest-running American musical, Blasi said.
“At the time, it really changed the face of Broadway,” Blasi said.
Additionally, Baayork Lee, who starred as Connie Wong in original productions of “A Chorus Line,” serves as the tour’s director and choreographer.
Ryan Koerber, who plays Bobby in the musical, said the characters take after real Broadway actors. He said his role is based on the life of Thommie Walsh, who played Bobby in the original productions after inspiring the character.
“It’s truly the full show you would see on a Broadway stage in New York,” Koerber promised.
Koerber also noted that audiences can expect to hear funny monologues from Bobby in addition to seeing his character’s passion and perseverance, which he hopes people will find relatable.
“I hope people are reminded of things that happened in their life through adolescence and adulthood, and that they leave the show with something resonating inside of them,” Koerber said. 
Blasi said each year, BTL brings in a combination of both new and classic touring shows, and that “A Chorus Line” last visited Scranton about seven or eight years ago.
“The new tour had a lot of excitement and buzz in the Broadway community,” Blasi said.

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If you go
What: Broadway Theatre League of Northeastern Pennsylvania presents “A Chorus Line”
When: Friday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 24, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1 p.m
Where: Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, 420 N. Washington Ave.
Details: Tickets are $37 to $69 plus fees, available at ticketmaster.com and at the cultural center’s box office.

— Brooke Williams

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