A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line
Lyric Theatre
through November 6, 2016

A Chorus Line with music by Marvin Hamlisch, was a smash hit when it opened in 1975 in NYC. It won many Tony Awards as well as a Pulitzer, and it was one of the longest running shows with more than 6,000 performances.

It is a show which obviously has a fan club, as well as millions of others who may have seen it once before. It is set on an empty stage in a theater in NYC where a couple of dozen dancers are trying out for parts in a new show. The Director, Zach (Logan Denninghoff), is calling out instructions to the group of dancers who are auditioning. After a few trials he cuts some of them, and then proceeds with the remaining dancers.

At some point each of the dancers tells his/her own story and motivation, as they hope to get the job. It is a show that presented in a stark fashion with no sets nor props. Just hopefuls doing their best, while some, including Cassie (Ashley Chasteen) lament their fortunes.

This production was choreographed by Nathan Lubeck and directed by Ricardo Aponte, who just happens to also be a fine choreographer. The dancing is great and a lot of very hard work and long minutes onstage for the dancers. There are some songs you will recall such as What I Did for Love, One, and the T&A number, Dance:10; Looks:3. They do have a full orchestra in the pit, under the baton of Paul Tate, and the finale with the glitter is spot-on.

The show runs about 2 hours with no intermission, at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta. Nice facility, good seating, free parking, and easy to get to. For more info visit them at AtlantaLyric.com