Richmond Triangle Players has a bona fide hit with its production of A Chorus Line.
One of the six longest running shows on Broadway, A Chorus Line won nine Tony Awards as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1976.
This is not an easy musical to squeeze into an intimate space like the Robert B. Moss Theatre but Richmond Triangle Players has done just that in expert fashion thanks to clever staging. In fact, the smaller stage makes you feel like you are part of the entire audition experience. Director and choreographer Justin Amellio has done a fantastic job of reimagining the show and bringing it to life on Triangle’s stage.
The 23-member cast presents an ensemble production that takes you behind the scenes with all the emotional highs and lows that come with the audition experience. The dancers have their own individual dreams, talents and faults but their goal now is to dance as one, never standing out individually but rather bringing perfection to the stage as a whole. But as the night goes on each dancer’s backstory comes out – some willingly, some reluctantly.
Each member of the cast of Richmond Triangle Players production brings a personal set of skills to the characters they portray on stage. Each has his or her moment to shine and shine they do. Their collective talent fills the stage.
Singling out individual performances is difficult when each character is part of the whole that makes the show so enjoyable. But with that said, it would be a shame not to mention Zuri Petteway’s brilliant expressions and diva attitude as Sheila, Alexa Cepeda’s fantastic vocals as Diana, Steven Rada’s emotional portrayal of Paul and Katherine Wright’s willingness as Kristine to toss out her vocal training in order to sing off key so convincingly.
A Chorus Line is a great ending to Richmond Triangle Players 25th Anniversary Season. The show is definitely “one singular sensation.” It runs through July 14. Limited seating available. Go here for showtimes and tickets.
Read more about the cast members of A Chorus Line in Just Joan: RVA Storyteller.