Following the recent sad news of composer Marvin Hamlisch's passing, his best-known show A Chorus Line is set for a revival at the London Palladium early next year. The musical will begin performances on 2 February 2013 and open officially on 19 February. It's currently booking through 29 June.
The show's Palladium engagement will be its first full London outing since the 1976 transfer of the original Broadway production to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane which played until 1979. Its producers have stated that the revival is intended as a tribute to Hamlisch, who died on 6 August aged 68.
As well as A Chorus Line, three-time Best Song Oscar winner Hamlisch composed dozens of other acclaimed scores for film and theatre, including The Way We Were, The Spy Who Loved Me and Sweet Smell Of Success: The Musical.
In a statement, the Palladium's owner Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "Marvin Hamlisch was a great friend and supporter in my early career and I can think of no more fitting tribute to him than this major revival."
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.