City Center's 2018 Annual Gala Presentation is the classical musical "A Chorus Line," a passionate tribute to dance and musical theater—two art forms that they have been bringing to New York audiences for 75 years. More…
In 1975, the stories of seventeen Broadway dancers sprang to life when "A Chorus Line" opened Off-Broadway. Born of workshop sessions with actual Broadway dancers (eight of whom appeared in the original cast), the musical turned the spotlight on the anonymous, sparkling workhorses of the ensemble. The scrutiny of the audition room gives way to the intimacy of a confessional as—one by one—the usually overlooked cogs in the machine step forward to divulge why their lives are singular and sensational. This incisive portrait of the life of the Broadway dancer received twelve Tony Award nominations, winning nine—in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This Annual Gala Presentation is led by Bob Avian (original co-choreographer) and Baayork Lee (Connie, original cast).
"Michael Bennett’s conceptual piece, drafted together by a group of frustrated dancers, led by Tony Stevens and Michon Peacock, is beautifully realized once again on the NYC stage, and it hasn’t lost any of its power or appeal. With a cast of spectacularly talented dancers and singers, 'A Chorus Line' resonates just as it did for me 28 years ago...The glorious wonder of the piece remains solid and everlasting." Full Review
"'A Chorus Line,' done right, is an altogether marvelous combination of words, music and movement. And at City Center it is done right...The songs snowball, demonstrating more impact as the evening proceeds...Two critical sequences...have always been somewhat dependent on the power of the performers on hand. In this case, Eddie Gutierrez as Paul and Hurder as Cassie are excellent, with both of these scenes enhanced by Yazbeck as one of the best Zachs we’ve seen." Full Review
"'A Chorus Line' reaches me right in the aorta. It’s miraculous how a combination of the book and the songs gives each of 17 hopefuls at a Broadway audition a chance to shine...It’s funny, warm, and sweet, and even the dramatic turns aren’t edgy...All of these performers and their co-stars are brilliant, every last one. This show could transfer to Broadway tomorrow, exactly as it is, and it would play for years." Full Review
“City Center has assembled a brilliant cast and creative team that have preserved the quintessence of the originals, and in doing so, giving them new life...The score is hit after hit...They are punctuated by some of the most iconic and complex dancing seen on a Broadway stage, which the talented cast of triple threats carry almost seamlessly...No number failed to stop the show and bring nostalgic audiences to abundant tears and laughter.” Full Review
“This is, in the best sense of the word, a museum-like production and the brilliance of the piece in its original form is something every theatre lover should witness. But even in a recreation, new performers bring in new dynamics, and in this production there's a thrilling dynamic provided by two acting performances...A Zach and Cassie pairing where you really see what connects them and what drove them apart...There are other marvelous moments...as performed by this very talented company.” Full Review
"Well, here's what I have to say having witnessed City Center's gala production of this landmark musical: Viva La Revolucion! Not only does this singularly sensational material still thrill audiences - and tug at their heartstrings - but this faithful restaging by the keepers of the show's flame, original co-choreographer Bob Avian and original cast member Baayork Lee - proves to be as golden as the still-legendary Theoni V. Aldredge costumes the cast dons for the finale." Full Review
“The new production meticulously reproduces the look and feel of the original...’A Chorus Line’ inevitably becomes a period piece, rather than the contemporary behind-the-scenes theatrical reportage that it represented 40 years ago. Even so, the show remains an enormously powerful and affecting piece of work...The sheer pleasure of performance is enriched by layers of understanding, make ‘A Chorus Line’ worth revisiting—now, and again, and again, and again.” Full Review
"This cast of triple-threats turns 'A Chorus Line' into the vivacious experience we all want it to be...There are so many absolutely incredible dance sequences in 'A Chorus Line' that you can look past the few faults of this production. More important, for the various acting flaws, this cast performs the choreography like nobody's business, proving that Bennett's work stands the test of time. We're lucky to have the opportunity to see this singular sensation once again, no matter what." Full Review
“Times have changed since the mid-1970s, and what was revolutionarily frank at the time is now occasionally cringe-worthy. But it’s Michael Bennett’s masterful and laser-focused direction has kept the show relevant and requisite viewing for any aspiring musical theater artist...This is the fifth production of ‘A Chorus Line’ I’ve seen, and though it may not be at the top of my list, it’s quite a good one...The principals were particularly fine." Full Review
“This production – as almost all others of the show – doesn’t fall far from the tree with direction by Avian and choreography by Lee...In short, little has changed...The anonymity of the chorus line is great and most visible as the boys and girls of the chorus perform ‘One’ in full and identical costume, making it almost impossible to tell them apart and illustrating how they too have been consumed by show biz. Oh, and the audience? They all felt something.” Full Review
"In any reasonably faithful production, like the one that opened on Wednesday night...what’s thrilling about the show invariably remains so. But I wonder if the rest is beginning to get creaky...Assembling bodies into masses of light and dark, wiping the stage picture, irising in on an individual or panning the entire ensemble, Bennett creates a rhythm of revelation more akin to film than theater...But these stories are sounding a little trite in 2018. Even when sharply performed." Full Review
"Like visiting a museum of musical memory...This ‘A Chorus Line’ is the exact same version we have always seen: a copy of a copy of a copy. With knockout performances throughout, the cast is excellent, but even they cannot overcome the unmistakable whiff of paint by numbers that is happening on stage...Now the amber fossil of musicals, ‘A Chorus Line’ remains genius and powerful, but is long past due for some re-imagination. Maybe next time.” Full Review
See it if You want to see one of the greatest musicals ever done completely right by an enormously talented cast.
Don't see it if You want a lavish production, the story and staging are the stars of this show
See it if you LOVE a chorus line, you like a chorus line, you've never seen a chorus line; you are looking for a truly excellent bway-level production
Don't see it if well it's closed now, but here's hoping it comes back soon!
See it if You like musicals. You love incredible dancing and nostalgia for the show born in the 70s that revived a dying Broadway.
Don't see it if You don’t care for musicals and dance numbers.
See it if You want to see a revival at its best..great singing, dancing, acting...At the Ballet had me in tears. Find a way to get a ticket.
Don't see it if If you're not a fan, don't bother. It's still about a bunch of diverse dancers auditioning for the chorus line.
See it if The personal stories of a group of dancers auditioning for a show interests you. The deeply moving stories are hardly limited to performers
Don't see it if Even if you don’t like musicals, this is one of the greatest ever. The music, lyrics & dialogue are superb. This production is top notch
See it if because it's arguably the perfect musical (sorry King Kong), because of its iconic choreography and musical numbers in a perfect production
Don't see it if the concept of a musical about the stories behind members of a chorus line,where nothing much else happens,is not your idea of fun (too bad)
See it if you want a fabulous & true to the original production of a classic show with an amazing cast.
Don't see it if you don't like musical numbers or shows with both laughs & tears. You can't handle a little melodrama or some parts that are a bit dated.
See it if you care at all about Broadway and it's Gypsies. You want a timeless musical with compelling music/lyrics. Don't miss it if it returns.
Don't see it if you are not interested in the back stories/auditions/rehearsals of a chorus line. Or, if you need huge sets and costumes.
See it if you've never seen A Chorus Line, you have seen A Chorus Line.The cast is so talented. There is magic in the final number (and mirrors, too).
Don't see it if you don't like musicals. That's the only reason I can think of. And, if you don't like musicals, you're missing some great shows.
See it if Gorgeous restaging of iconic show with outstanding ensemble and those mirrors and the dancers!!! Reminds you why you loved the original
Don't see it if Only reason I can think of is you hated the original but you should give it a try again it’s that good and Yazbeck is outstanding.
See it if extraordinary choreography, well danced; audience roared at iconic moments esp "one step" dance ensemble b4 mirrors at begin/end
Don't see it if 1975 dancers’ stories of abuse/alienation not as affecting today; still best evocation of heartbreak/thrill of Bdway dance audition
See it if You love musicals and dance . The dance and story telling was amazing! The acting was great!
Don't see it if You aren’t expecting an emotional show. Or don’t want to get invested in the characters life stories!
See it if Probably the best shape I've seen the show in. If you are a fan of the show, this is a MUST See. Energy of cast and audience was electric.
Don't see it if you don't appreciate a period piece, or want to see a "new" Chorus Line. This pretty much remained faithful to the original.
See it if You want a faithfully executed revival of a classic, brilliantly performed and staged. Just as resonant as the original. Still moves you.
Don't see it if You want a production that is more reimagining than revival. No new twists on it, Just a straightforward reproduction. But perfect at it.
See it if You love the show; they don’make them like this anymore.
Don't see it if You’re not a musical person.
Also Given the short rehearsal period, this production is first rate.
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