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OCP presents musical production ‘A Chorus Line’ Thursday

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For anyone who has ever had a dream, Ogdensburg Command Performances’ latest visiting production, A Chorus Line, might be the show to see.

The show surrounds several musical performers who are all vying for one of eight coveted roles in a Broadway show.

And that’s something actor and dancer Michael P. Deeb, who plays Mike Costa, can relate to.

“My character feels the need to prove he is the best dancer of all the time,” said Mr. Deeb. “I share that competitive nature.”

The musical was formed from hundreds of taped interviews with real-life Broadway dancers, brought to the stage by director and choreographer Michael Bennett. Debuting in May 1975, it won nine Tony awards and the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Like his character, Mr. Deeb said he was also introduced to dance at an early age by a family member.

“He gives the first solo number of the show about his life growing up and his journey,” he said. “It’s actually similar to when I was dancing at five, and after I followed my cousin into a dance class.”

However, despite sharing his character’s name and mirroring his career, Mr. Deeb says he and his character have very different personalities.

“Mike is a fiery person who comes from a big Italian family,” he said. “We had to work on making sure his Italian passion came out. Hopefully that comes across in the performance.”

The show does not vary from the original Broadway performance. And that’s the way Director Baayork Lee, who played Connie Wong in the original Broadway Musical Production, intended it, Mr. Heeb said.

“Audiences are going to get a taste of the original production,” he said. “We really take great pains to be true to the original. We don’t take any extra liberties. We’ve duplicated all the original choreography. It’s really cool to be a part of something like that. The audience has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a classic piece of theater on stage in their hometown.”

Ogdensburg Command Performances will bring A Chorus Line to Ogdensburg Free Academy’s George Hall Auditorium at 7:45 p.m. Thursday.

The preshow chat begins at 6:45 p.m.

Tickets are $17 to $37 (discount for senior citizens, students, groups of 15 or more, and OCP Friends), and can be purchased by calling 393-2625, emailing ocp@ogdensburgk12.org, or visiting ILoveTheatre.org.

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