A Chorus Line opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre on July 25,
1975. For some time, it held the record as the longest-running musical
in history, then closed on April 28, 1990 after 6,137 performances.
The musical was concieved and directed by Michael Bennett who is considered
one of Broadway's most important choreographers. He was born in Buffalo on
April 8, 1943. With A Chorus Line, Bennett incorporated what
he called "cinematic staging." There were jump-cuts, dissolves, close-ups,
montages, and the use of mirrors.
James Kirkwood and dancer Nicholas Dante assembled the book. Marvin
Hamlisch composed the music and Edward Kleban wrote the lyrics.