Leigh Zimmerman (pictured) and Scarlett Strallen are set to star in the red-hot revival of A Chorus Line, which previews at the London Palladium from 5 February before officially opening on 19 February.
Zimmerman will play Shiela and Strallen will take on the role of Cassie.
Based on true-life stories of showbiz wannabes, A Chorus Line
tracks the trials and tribulations of a posse of dancers as they audition for a new Broadway musical.
The show’s memorable score was composed by the great Marvin Hamlisch, who died last year aged 68. Andrew Lloyd Webber was a good friend of Hamlisch and has cited him as an inspiration. The Palladium is owned by Lloyd Webber’s company, and the Phantom composer has stated that this revival of the classic 1975 musical is intended as a tribute to Hamlisch.
Its Palladium run is the first full staging of the show in London since its hit 1976 – 79 engagement at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Joining Zimmerman and Strallen in the cast will be Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Diana, John Partridge as Zach, Lucy Adcock as Judy, Georgie Ashford as Trisha, Ed Currie as Bobby, Frances Dee as Kristine, Segun Fawole as Butch, Harry Francis as Mark, Simon Hardwick as Al, Rebecca Herszenhon as Val, James T Lane as Richie, Marc Leslie as Roy, Vicki Lee Taylor as Maggie, Daisy Maywood as Bebe, Alice Jane Murray as Lois, Alastair Postlethwaite as Larry, Andy Rees as Greg, Adam Salter as Mike, Alexzandra Sarmiento as Connie, Michael Steedon as Tom, Gary Watson as Don and Gary Wood as Paul. Also performing are Rebecca Giocopazzi, Genevieve Nicole and Ashley Nottingham.
A Chorus Line
's book is by Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood with lyrics by Edward Kleban. The London revival is produced by Mark Goucher, Adam Kenwright, ACT Productions, Tim Lawson, Daniel Sparrow & Mike Walsh Productions by arrangement with John Breglio and A Chorus Line Broadway.