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Brisbane the final stop for successful musical

A scene from the musical A Chorus Line.
A scene from the musical A Chorus Line. James Morgan - The Shock Factor

A CHORUS Line's successful revival finally comes to Brisbane next week.

The Queensland capital is the final stop on the Helpmann Award-winning production's five-city run.

Opening at QPAC's Lyric Theatre on Friday, November 16, the ensemble show is based on the Tony Award-winning 1975 production about 17 dancers competing for eight coveted spots in a new Broadway musical.

The show, which won the Helpmann Award for Best Musical, marked a return to the stage for star Josh Horner.

It had been three years since the Dancing With The Stars judge had performed live on stage in the Broadway production of Billy Elliott.

The former Australian Ballet dancer plays Zac, the director of the show within a show, a role made famous by Michael Douglas in the 1985 movie.

"Being a choreographer and director for Disney was sort of the perfect preparation, even though I didn't know it was preparation, to play a director in A Chorus Line," Horner said.

"It also gives everyone who didn't know much about me from Dancing (With The Stars) a chance to come and judge me and see how I fare up on stage."

With a few cast changes since the show's debut Sydney season, Horner says the best has been saved for Brisbane.

"The company sounds and looks really strong, maybe stronger," he said.

"I saw some media footage the other day and I was like 'damn we're in time'. (In the closing number) you're always petrified you're going to drop your hat or forget the steps."

While many Aussies would be happy to never hear or see Gangnam Style again after Korean rapper Psy's recent promotional blitz of Australia, Horner loves the dance.

"It's brilliant choreography because it's so recognizable now and so infectious," he said.

"No one looks bad doing it. My best friend from high school, Allen is a huge, massive guy who wouldn't do any kind of dancing but even he would have a good old jump around. Even big blokey men can do it."

Horner is currently juggling his role in A Chorus Line with running his new global dance competition Dance Upon A Dream.

"I have a line in A Chorus Line where one of the dancers injures themselves and I say to the rest of the cast 'what do you do when you can't dance anymore?' ", he said.

"Then I thought 'what the hell will I do when I can't dance anymore and Dancing With The Stars is over?' I decided to create a business. I'm very happy with how it's going. It keeps me busy."

A Chorus Line plays a strictly limited season at QPAC's Lyric Theatre from November 16 to December 9.

Tickets start from $64.90. To book go to www.qpac.com.au.

Topics:  a chorus line, musical, theatre



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