A Chorus Line (Musical)

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August 19, 2022

A Chorus Line is one of the most successful Broadway musicals. It ran on Broadway from July 25, 1975 to April 28, 1990 and held the record for the longest-running musical at 6,137 performances. The first 101 performances took place off-Broadway at The Public Theatre, after which it was relocated to the Shubert Theater due to its overwhelming success. The idea for the musical came from Michael Bennett, who also directed and choreographed it. Music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, book by James Kirkwood junior and Nicholas Dante. The plot is largely based on the memoirs of the original cast.

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The musical describes the selection process (casting) for the occupation of a planned Broadway musical. In a merciless selection process, the applicants not only have to prove their skills, but also reveal something about their personality. In the end, eighteen artists remain, from which the director chooses eight lucky ones.

Musical Numbers

"Opening: I Hope I Get It" "Who Am I Anyway?" "I Can Do That" "At the Ballet" "Sing!" / "Sing!" "Montage, Part 1: Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love" / "Montage: Hallo Thirteen" Montage, Part 2: Mother "Montage, Part 3, Gimme the Ball" / "Montage: Gimme the Ball" "Nothing" “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” / “Dance: ten; Type: three - pointed and round" The Music and the Mirror "One" "What I Did for Love" / "I Never Regret" "One (Reprise)/Finale" / "Finale"

Awards

The musical won nine Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Theater, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award, the London Evening Standard Award and a gold disc from Columbia Records excellent.

Movie adaptation

In 1985, Sir Richard Attenborough's musical starring Michael Douglas in the role of Zach was filmed.

Web Links

A Chorus Line at the Internet Broadway Database A Discussion on the "Making Of" of A Chorus Line