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.
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.
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.
January 1, 2000 |
In an exercise sure to start arguments among music lovers, National Public Radio has created its list of the 100 most important American musical works of the century. The list started with 300 songs suggested by a group of producers, artists and experts familiar to NPR. In mid-October, NPR allowed the public to vote on the selection. More than 13,000 listeners cast their votes online and through the mail. A panel of 15 musicians considered the same 300 songs.
July 20, 1990 |
In the first song of the ultimate backstage musical, "A Chorus Line," the performers repeatedly sing the line, "I really need this job!" That is not true, at least monetarily, for the 23 performers of the Desert Opera Theatre's production of the musical opening tonight at the Palmdale Cultural Center. Even though they have gone through almost two months of rehearsals and are commuting from as far away as Hollywood, none of the performers are being paid. "What's money when you're having fun?"