A Chorus Line – Show Guidelines

A Chorus Line is a Broadway classic. Centered on 17 Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line, the show is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theatre during an audition for a musical.

A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers. The stories of certain individuals “on the line” involve mature content.

Following several workshops and an Off-Broadway production, A Chorus Line opened at the Shubert Theatre on Broadway July 25, 1975. An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical received 12 Tony Award® nominations and won nine, including Best Musical. Composer Marvin Hamlisch won both a Tony Award® and a Pulitzer Prize for his score. A Chorus Line ran for a record-breaking 6,137 performances until April 28, 1990.

Dialogue and lyrics throughout the show include mature language and references to sexual situations.

The words asshole, bitch, crap, damn, faggot, hell, shit and tits are used in the show.


Drug/Alcohol Use
Two lines of dialogue reference alcohol and one line references smoking.

A character makes a joke about taking several Valium during the audition.

Mature Content & Sexual References
The four-part montage called “Hello Twelve” and the song “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” contain sexual innuendo.

Several monologues contain sexual references as well.

Throughout the show, the director, Zach asks the “chorus line” to open up about their childhoods and personal struggles. Their responses, told in a series of monologues, explore such mature topics as discovering/questioning sexuality, growing up in broken families, and feeling the shame of being a misfit.