SCRAPARTSMUSIC will show that one man's trash is another's treasure Feb. 18 at Three Stages. Photo by Fred Van Diem


Three Stages opens ‘A Chorus Line’ Feb. 11

By January 20, 2011

THREE STAGES AT FOLSOM LAKE COLLEGE opens Feb. 11 with the touring production of "A Chorus Line." Photo by Phil Martin

Premiere gala already selling out

It isn’t often that a touring production of a Broadway play chooses a community college for its only regional stop.

But with the area’s most impressive performing arts venue raising its curtains next month at Folsom Lake College, it’s time to get used to the idea.

Three Stages at Folsom Lake College officially opens Friday, Feb. 11, with the touring revival of the 1975 musical theater classic “A Chorus Line.” Five performances will be offered through Sunday night.

If you were hoping to catch the opening night and haven’t already bought tickets, you’re out of luck — the 8 p.m. performance on Feb. 11 is sold out. However a limited number of Gala post-performance  party tickets are available for $40. And tickets are still available for the Saturday 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows.


SCRAPARTSMUSIC will show that one man's trash is another's treasure Feb. 18 at Three Stages. Photo by Fred Van Diem

Call (916) 608-6888 or visit to buy tickets.

“’A Chorus Line’ is the perfect show to open a new theater,” Three Stages Executive Director David Pier said Wednesday, standing in the upper level of the main stage. “The show starts with a blank slate, just like we are here. It was one of the first times we got a behind the scenes look into what goes into a major Broadway production. In some ways it was the original reality show.”

The “blank slate” Pier refers to is the opening setting for “A Chorus Line” — an empty theater on a bare stage, where casting for a new Broadway musical is almost complete. For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score and Book, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, “A Chorus Line” is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, the original production having opened off-Broadway in May 1975, and at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre in July of the same year.

It closed on April 28, 1990, after nearly 15 years and 6,137 performances.

“A Chorus Line” is the first of many upcoming Three Stages productions. Like UC Davis’ Mondavi Center, Three Stages will play host to a variety of touring productions, including Hal Holbrook’s famed “Mark Twain Tonight,” the exciting, multimedia presentation “A Universe of Dreams” (narrated by NPR’s Neil Conan) and Rosanne Cash.

But the $50 million venue isn’t strictly open for touring acts. In keeping with FLC’s philosophy of “inspire, include and instruct,” Three Stages is partnering with several local arts organizations — including El Dorado Musical Theater and Folsom Lake Symphony — who will call the center home. And, of course, Three Stages will be both a teaching and performing venue for FLC drama, art, music and dance productions and classes, Pier said.

While the Feb. 11 premiere of “A Chorus Line” marks the official opening of Three Stages, the community is invited to a special open house weekend beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4., with a special ribbon cutting ceremony and continuing all weekend long with self-guided tours, performances from local dance and music groups and original art on display at the Three Stages Gallery.

In addition to “A Chrous Line,” Three Stages has an impressive performance schedule laid out for February and upcoming months, including performances from the Folsom Symphony, ScrapArtsMusic and the Jazz Mafia, and a multimedia presentation of music and photos from the Hubble Telescope narrated by NPR’s Talk of the Nation host Neil Conan. Learn more about upcoming events at

Andy Laughlin


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