May 24, 2008 |
Oh, THOSE mirrored panels. When they turn to reflect a stage full of lithe dancers in leotards and muscle shirts, you can't fight the thrill. Cue the straw hats, tight glutes and heartbreak: "A Chorus Line" has arrived at the Ahmanson Theatre, a syncopated time capsule of urban boogie, gay pride and natural curl. In 1974, dancers Tony Stevens and Michon Peacock teamed with Broadway master Michael Bennett to interview a roomful of professional hoofers. The dancers were not kids but veterans.
October 22, 2006 |
THE leggy blond sits at a utilitarian desk, black bodysuit revealing the long, lean lines of a dancer, repudiating her fiftysomething age. Trish Garland, between clients at her Sherman Oaks storefront Pilates studio, has just returned from the recent opening of the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line." Garland's interest in the show was more than casual.
August 15, 2003 |
In the 1975 battle of the great Broadway director-choreographers, it was no contest. The Michael Bennett show "A Chorus Line," risque for its day but fiendishly effective in selling the hopes and dreams of its hopers and dreamers, seemed as if it would run forever. The Bob Fosse show "Chicago," all cynicism and dark shadows, a triumph of corruption over sincerity, appeared destined to eke out a season or two and then fade. But "Chicago" has enjoyed a surprising reversal of fortune.
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November 28, 2000 |
An original cast member of the landmark Broadway musical "A Chorus Line," Trish Garland said she's in the same kind of shape she was in more than two decades ago when she played the role of Judy Turner. On Monday she and a few of her fellow "A Chorus Line" buddies demonstrated how fit they've stayed through the years.
July 31, 1997 |
Marvin Hamlisch promises to light up the sky in a unique way this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl. The composer, who has won three Oscars, four Grammys, two Emmys, a Tony, three Golden Globes and the Pulitzer Prize, is conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Tony Award-winning actor Nathan Lane in a concert of movie music and musicals.
May 12, 1997 |
After "A Chorus Line" premiered in 1975, could anyone continue to look at Broadway's rank-and-file hoofers merely as scenery with good legs? The musical showed that each individual in every chorus line has a story, a living photo album of dreams and regrets, loves and fears. The tall one on the left? That's Sheila, who found at the ballet the light she lacked at home. The pony-tailed blond is Kristine, tone deaf but inseparable from her uxorious spouse, Al, who keeps her on key.