AceShowbiz - Antonio Banderas is determined to take his revival of hit musical "A Chorus Line" to New York City - and keep the play a Spanish-language production.
The "Shrek" star has taken on the lead role of tough-talking Broadway director Zach in the show, which premiered at his new theatre, the Teatro del Soho CaixaBank, in his native Malaga, Spain on Friday, November 15.
The musical will then be staged in Bilbao, Barcelona, and Madrid, before hopefully transferring to the Big Apple, where Banderas is eager to appeal to the city's diverse community by having the play performed as is.
"We want the show to be presented in Spanish," he tells Billboard, explaining only the finale tune, "One", will be belted out in English.
Banderas claims the story, based on the real-life experiences of Broadway dancers, is the perfect production to be staged in Spanish as New York is "a city of accents."
The actor is no stranger to musical theatre, having previously earned a Tony Award nomination for the 2003 Broadway revival of "Nine". He also starred opposite Madonna in the 1996 movie adaptation of "Evita".