Thursday, October 05, 2006

Will Chorus Line Be A Double Sensation?

Will Chorus Line Be A Double Sensation?

Tonight marks the official opening for the revival of A Chorus Line -- one of Broadway's biggest sensations ever. The dance tuner begins anew at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

It's been over sixteen years since this landmark musical last graced a stage on the Great White Way. Beginning its original run in 1975, A Chorus Line enjoyed 6,137 regular performances and earned nine Tonys as well as a Pulitzer Prize. It became Broadway's longest running show ever in 1984 before going on for an additional six years. (That record of course has since been eclipsed, first by Cats -- which logged 7,485 regular performances -- and then by The Phantom Of The Opera -- logging 7,793 regular performances and counting).

Will the new incarnation have the same staying power? Critics were mixed during the San Francisco tryouts earlier this year, and I've heard from some of my theatre-loving friends who caught previews that some of the numbers seemed woefully flat and some characters miscast.

Given the fond memories of the original, what will audiences be expecting? We'll find out tomorrow if A Chorus Line meets or exceeds the critics' expectations.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
Related Stories:
A Chorus Line Revival Begins Previews Tonight (September 18, 2006)
A Chorus Line's Casting Announced (April 26, 2006)

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