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Makayla McIntosh Makayla McIntosh

A relevant ‘Line’

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

“With what’s going on in today’s society, with the ‘me too’ movement, ‘A Chorus Line’ is as relevant as ever,” says Makayla McIntosh, who plays Vicky in the touring cast of the Tony Award-winning musical, “A Chorus Line.”

“We honor the story of women speaking out, of people who haven’t been heard opening up and telling their truth,” she says. “It is healing and brings us all together.”

McIntosh and the rest of the cast bring the story of the unsung, unheard heroes of musical theater, the chorus line, to the Lehigh Valley in the national tour production, 4 p.m. April 15 (postponed from 7:30 p.m. March 2), State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

McIntosh grew up swimming but fell into dance and fell in love with it. After touring with “The Grinch” and performing on a cruise ship, an injury almost ended her career. “I thought I would never dance again,” she says, “so I relate to the stories of hopes and dreams and struggle in ‘A Chorus Line.’ Vicky is a fun character to play. She’s a great singer, but a terrible dancer. She doesn’t make it, but she’s a lot of fun.”

McIntosh calls “A Chorus Line” “a timeless story. “It’s about fighting for what we love, to do what we love. Everyone can relate to that, even non-performers,” she says. “I find myself in each of the different characters. ‘A Chorus Line’ came from real people, the story came from dancers telling their story around a tape recorder.”

“A Chorus Line” opened on Broadway in 1975 and ran for 6,137 performances, becoming the longest-running production in Broadway history until being surpassed by “Cats” in 1997. With music by Marvin Hamlisch, “A Chorus Line” received a Tony for Best Original Score, among other Tonys.

McIntosh is grateful to be part of such an iconic show and to work with such talented performers. “We get to do what we absolutely love,” she says. “The cast is amazing. Everyone is so kind and treats each other with respect. At the end of the day, the show is about what we love to do, it’s all about love.”

Tickets: State Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 453 Northampton St., Easton; statetheatre.org; 610-252-3132