Adam and Carly chosen for Curve’s Chorus Line

Published: 3 September 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Adam Cooper who will play Zach
Carly Mercedes Dyer will take the role of Cassie

Adam Cooper and Carly Mercedes Dyer are to appear in A Chorus Line, the Christmas 2021 musical at Leicester’s Curve theatre.

Cooper, who created the lead role of the swan in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells in 2013, plays Zach in A Chorus Line, the choreographer responsible for putting performers through their paces in the show’s audition.

Carly Mercedes Dyer will play Cassie, an auditionee and Zach's ex-lover. She is currently performing in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes at the Barbican in London. She played Shug Avery in the Curve at Home production of The Color Purple which streamed in spring 2021 and Anita in Curve’s 2019 production of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

The cast features a host of familiar faces to Curve, including West Side Story company members Ronan Burns as Bobby Mills, Beth Hinton-Lever as Bebe Benzenheimer, Katie Lee as Kristine Ulrich and Redmand Rance as Mike Costa.

The cast is completed by Emily Barnett-Salter as Sheila Bryant, Bradley Delarosbel as Gregory Gardner, Lizzy-Rose Essin-Kelly as Diana Morales, André Fabien Francis as Richie Walters, Ainsley Hall Ricketts as Paul San Marco, Joshua Lay as Al Deluca, Kanako Nakano as Judy Turner, Hicaro Nicolai (swing), Jamie O'Leary as Mark Anthony, Tom Partridge as Don Kerr, Rachel Jayne Picar as Connie Wong, Chloe Saunders as Val Clarke, Charlotte Scott as Maggie Winslow and Taylor Walker as Larry.

The production reunites Curve's artistic director Nikolai Foster and choreographer Ellen Kane who worked together on Curve’s West Side Story. Designer will be Grace Smart, musical supervisor is David Shrubsole, costume design is by Edd Lindley, lighting is by Howard Hudson, sound designer is Tom Marshall and musical direction is by Tamara Saringer.

A Chorus Line will run at Curve from Friday 3 until Friday 31 December.