KEN ALAN • BRAD ANDERSON • MICHAEL BERRESSE • NATALIE CORTEZ

CHARLOTTE d'AMBOISE • MARA DAVI • JESSICA LEE GOLDYN • DEIDRE GOODWIN

TYLER HANES • JAMES T. LANE • PAUL McGILL • HEATHER PARCELLS

MICHAEL PATERNOSTRO • ALISON PORTER • JEFFREY SCHECTER • YUKA TAKARA

JASON TAM • CHRYSSIE WHITEHEAD • TONY YAZBECK

The plot of this legendary musical is well-known. A group of gypsies are auditioning for a new musical and during the process they’ll reveal certain things about themselves.

Since I live in Portugal, my first contact with A CHORUS LINE was with the movie adaptation and, I know I’ll be crucified by saying this, I really enjoyed it. I saw the movie several times and I was always thrilled with the story and the musical numbers. Later I found out that everyone who saw the stage show hated the movie and I couldn’t understand why; well, after seeing this terrific revival I still don’t understand the reason. Don’t get me wrong, I loved seeing this on stage but I thought it would be very different from the movie. With the exception of Cassie’s story that has more importance in the movie (and it shouldn’t have), the plot and even a great part of the lines are exactly the same.

For me, the big difference is the montage sequences that don’t exist in the movie and that are perfectly executed on stage. Of course that “What I Did for Love” works much better on stage as a love songs about theatre than as a simple love song in the movie. But enough about the show vs movie.

This new production is a terrific piece of musical theatre and I was moved and excited by it. The dance numbers, recreated by Baayork Lee, are fantastic and the cast reveals a lot of new and exciting talents. Everyone in the cast has a chance to shine and they all do, some more than others. Natalie Cortes as Diana strongly delivers the wonderful “Nothing” and leads the company into “What I Did for Love”. Jessica Lee Goldyn has a great time with the audience favorite “Dance. Ten; Looks: Three”.

I loved Chryssie Whitehead and Tony Yazbeck who gave me one of the highlights of the evening with the comic “Sing!”. Mara David shows her strong pipes in “At the Ballet” and Jason Tam is very touching as Paul. As for Charlotte d’Amboise, I expected more from her number “The Music and the Mirror” and her singing voice should be stronger.

This revival is a strong one and I’m sure it’ll have a long run. Personally, I had a great time and as always the final number, “One”, gave me chills up and down my spine. As they say in that song, this musical is “One singular sensation… thrilling combination…”.

 

 

 Music by MARVIN HAMLISCH       Lyrics by EDWARD KLEBAN

Book by JAMES KIRKWOOD and NICHOLAS DANTE      

Original Choreography by MICHAEL BENNETT and BOB AVIAN

Choreography Re-Staged by BAAYORK LEE        Directed by BOB AVIAN

Photos © Paul Kolnik

Rated by Jorge: + + + +