Monday, September 18, 2006

A Chorus Line Revival Begins Previews Tonight

A Chorus Line Revival Begins Previews Tonight

It's been over sixteen years since A Chorus Line danced its way across a Broadway stage, but tonight marks the first preview for what is arguably the most eagerly anticipated revival of the current theatrical season. A Chorus Line will take its first bow this evening at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

The original version, which ran from July 25, 1975 through April 28, 1990 at the Shubert Theatre helped lift the Great White Way out of the doldrums during one of its most challenging times. Times Square was a seedy place in the mid-70s, and the relevance of Broadway was in doubt. Through Michael Bennett's innovative direction, A Chorus Line shifted the paradigm for the Broadway musical, breaking ground on subjects that were previously taboo.

By the time A Chorus Line closed, it had become the undisputed champ among all-time long-running Broadway shows with a total of 6137 regular performances. Will the first revival of this tuner by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban even come close? The initial tryouts in San Francisco received mixed reviews, so it would appear doubtful at first blush. But nostalgia for the revival runs high. We'll have a better idea of whether lessons were learned in San Francisco when the show officially opens on October 5.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
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A Chorus Line's Casting Announced (April 26, 2006)

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At 19 September, 2006, Blogger StephenMosher said...

I am HEARTBROKEN i cannot be there! I wanted to be at the first perf, but I cannot get away from the gym tonight.

This show means So much to me. I want it to be so good!


At 19 September, 2006, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Ste, There's always opening night!

At 20 September, 2006, Blogger Erica said...

It will be interesting to see how it does - the SF pre-Broadway run landed mixed reviews. I hope that it does well, but as an iconic Broadway show ... expectations are high.

At 20 September, 2006, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Erica, I believe that anytime there are high expectations for a show, it is bound to disappoint some -- no doubt there are those that thought it didn't capture the magic they felt from the first production while others are hoping for a new interpretation.


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