Concert Review: A Chorus Line

What’s not to like here? A heartcatching story, great choreography, catchy tunes, smart lyrics and eager, lissom performers.

By HELEN KAYE
October 24, 2011 22:09
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A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line 311. (photo credit: Phil Martin)

 
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The original A Chorus Line ran for more than 6,000 performances, won nine Tony awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1976). It’s been revived numerous times, and small wonder.

What’s not to like here? A heartcatching story, great choreography, catchy tunes, smart lyrics and eager, lissom performers.

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And the story is ours, for sure.

We’ve all been young, hopeful, brimming with dreams and aspirations, and Chorus Line is all that. 17 hopefuls are auditioning for eight places in a new Broadway musical.

They strut their stuff and tell us their stories.

The two hours go by in a flash as this cast dances, sings and acts superbly. We’re drawn into their lives, which is what is intended.

Particularly outstanding were Matthew Bennet as Larry – a pity we didn’t see him dance more, Abigail Brodie’s Maggie, Stephanie Fearon as Diana; Vanessa Campbell plays Val with particular panache and Ricardo Coke-Thomas revved as Richie. One of those “ah, that was FUN” moments at the theater.

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