Mayor Jim Gray today celebrated The LEXington Theatre Company’s fourth season during rehearsals for A Chorus Line, which opens later this week at the Lexington Opera House.
“The LEX is one of a kind in Lexington,” Gray said. “It has been a joy to watch a new professional theater company establish itself here, take root and grow.”
The LEX brings together today’s Broadway stars and tomorrow’s Broadway hopefuls. “That formula is perfect for a University city, where we have bright young people interested in a career in theater,” Gray said. In additional to students from the University of Kentucky and several other colleges, the LEX production of A Chorus Line also involves Central Kentucky high school students.
The company’s Artistic Director, Lexington native Lyndy Franklin Smith, founded The LEX with her husband Jeromy Smith, the company’s Producing Director. Both have worked on Broadway, in national tours and in numerous regional theaters, in capacities both on-stage and behind the scenes. They see The LEX as an opportunity to give back to the city of Lexington, its local artists, and students across the nation.
"We are so grateful for Mayor Jim Gray's support of The LEX,” said Lyndy Franklin Smith. “We are beyond thrilled to be able to utilize our Broadway experience and the connections we've made in the industry to create a first-rate, professional theatre for Lexington. Our goal is to make Lexington a theatrical destination both for the people of Central Kentucky, and for the national theatrical community as a whole. We hope our Central Kentucky audience will enjoy our upcoming production of A Chorus Line and all that is to come for The LEX!"
A Chorus Line runs August 2-5 at the Lexington Opera House, and is presented by Variety Live at the Opera House with co-producing sponsor Kentucky One Health. For more information, to buy tickets or make a donation, please visit the organization’s website, www.lexingtontheatrecompany.org. Tickets may also be purchased at The Lexington Center Ticket Office at (859) 233-3535.