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“A Chorus Line”

Schoenfeld Theatre, New York • 1 December 2006 • 8pm

Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante. Music by Marvin Hamlisch. Lyrics by Edward Kleban.
Directed by Bob Avian. Musical Direction: Patrick Vaccariello.With Michael Berresse (Zach), Charlotte d’Amboise (Cassie),…

There were those who thought that it was too early to revive this iconic musical, whose original Broadway production closed in 1990 after nearly 15 years on the Great White Way. And then there were those who found the show too dated for the 21st century.

Me, I will never have enough of A Chorus Line. I must have played the original cast recording more than any other CD in my collection, and I more than welcomed the opportunity to see a Broadway production of the show, since I only started coming to New York in 1997.

The producers of this revival very wisely decided to stick to the original staging and choreography, which is all for the best — even the very few tiny departures from the original made me cringe. The “Montage” sequence was especially powerful; so was “All I Did For Love,” the emotional apex of the show.

Good cast overall. I thought Natalie Cortez did an especially good job of walking in Priscilla Lopez’ shoes as Diana Morales. I was also quite impressed by Charlotte d’Amboise as Cassie. And Paul’s monologue, as delivered by Jason Tam, was absolutely fantastic.