Theater: A Sensation's Final Bow

After Broadway's longest run ever, A Chorus Line will close

From the moment that A Chorus Line debuted in April 1975, it caused, in the words of a song in its score, one singular sensation. It swept nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. More impressive still, as the years rolled on, it kept packing in crowds until, this past New Year's Eve, the musical celebrated its 6,000th performance, a milestone not reached by any other Broadway offering in history.

Even last week, when producer Joseph Papp announced that he would close the show on March 31, reporters leaving the onstage press conference had to push through throngs of...

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