Antonio Banderas poses with co-director Baayork Lee at the A Chorus Line premiere in Barcelona


Antonio Banderas is dapper in a black ensemble as he poses with co-director Baayork Lee at the premiere of A Chorus Line musical in Barcelona

He’s the Spanish actor and director with an illustrious career spanning almost 40 years.

And Antonio Banderas continued to shine as he attended the Barcelona premiere of the musical A Chorus Line at the Teatre Tivoli on Friday.

The film star, 59, looked dapper in an all-black ensemble as he posed alongside Baayork Lee, 73, of whom he co-directs the production with.

Looking good: Antonio Banderas continued to shine as he attended the Barcelona premiere of the musical A Chorus Line at the Teatre Tivoli on Friday

Antonio appeared in good spirits as he donned black zip-up jacket with matching trousers and shoes at the event. 

The Mask of Zorro actor directs and stars in the Spanish version of the Broadway show, in which he plays the character of Zach.

Zach, a choreographer and director, directs the audition that is the forefront of the show. 

Meanwhile, Baayork starred as Connie Wong in the originally 1975 production of A Chorus Line, and subsequently went on to direct and choreograph over 35 different versions of the production. 

Colleagues: The film star, 59, looked dapper in an all-black ensemble as he posed alongside Baayork Lee, 73, of whom he co-directs the production with

Colleagues: The film star, 59, looked dapper in an all-black ensemble as he posed alongside Baayork Lee, 73, of whom he co-directs the production with

Baayork was asked by Antonio to lend her expertise to his own version of the production, which premiered at his theatre Teatro del Soho Caixabank in his home town of Malaga.

The debut run ended earlier this year and moved on to other cities in Spain, including Barcelona. 

Antonio previously spoke with The New York Times about the success of his show, and his hopes to bring the Spanish production to Broadway.

‘A Chorus Line was a very frustrating thing for me. The first time I went to New York, in 1984, A Chorus Line was still at the Shubert, but the tickets were unbelievably expensive for me, so I couldn’t see it. But A Chorus Line has been always a play that I love, and now I have it in my own theater.

‘I am playing Zach [the director character] and having a blast. The success has been incredible. I didn’t expect that. Málaga is not such a big city, but we fill the theater every night. And God help us, if everything goes right, we may just end up in New York to show that a musical like this can be done in Spanish. 

New role: The Mask of Zorro actor directs and stars in the Spanish version of the Broadway show, in which he plays the character of Zach

New role: The Mask of Zorro actor directs and stars in the Spanish version of the Broadway show, in which he plays the character of Zach

Iconic: Meanwhile, Baayork starred as Connie Wong in the originally 1975 production of A Chorus Line, and subsequently went on to direct and choreograph over 35 different versions of the production

Iconic: Meanwhile, Baayork starred as Connie Wong in the originally 1975 production of A Chorus Line, and subsequently went on to direct and choreograph over 35 different versions of the production

‘With the legacy of A Chorus Line, they are very meticulous with the changes, but we managed to convince them, and I think we’ve got a very, very interesting performance. So I will be there in New York, probably playing Zach this next summer.’

Meanwhile, Bayork told Sur in English that she didn’t take much persuading from Antonio to come on board for the project.

She said: ‘Well he came to see a production of A Chorus Line at the City Center (theatre) in New York and he came backstage and he spoke to the actors. He told them that he was opening his theatre and that he wanted A Chorus Line to open it, which is for me the most exciting thing.

‘After so many years of my directing it around the world, to be able to open in a new theatre, and also to have the famous Antonio Banderas in the show, is extraordinary. I don’t think he had to do much to convince me.’ 

Overwhelmed: Antonio previously said: 'The success has been incredible. I didn't expect that'

Overwhelmed: Antonio previously said: ‘The success has been incredible. I didn’t expect that’

Leave a Comment