Follows the plight of real-life dancers as they struggle through auditions for the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line". Also investigates the history of the show and the creative minds behind the original and current incarnations.
Starting at midnight January 26, 1974, dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett held a twelve-hour taped get-together with twenty-two dancers talking about themselves, he not knowing exactly where it would lead. It would become the genesis for what has become one of the most influential Broadway musicals of all time, and a show which speaks to theatrical dancers' hearts: "A Chorus Line". In 2008, a Broadway revival of the show is being mounted, with many involved in the original production part of the creative team behind the revival. The issue for the revival's creative team is to make the show and the casting fresh, while respecting the original, where the characters, their stories and their related songs all came out of the 1974 dancers' stories, they who were cast in the original production. Although the names and the faces have changed from 1974, the dancers auditioning mirror many of the stories and issues faced by those original dancers. As such, they "really want this job" as ... Written by
Although this film is classified as a documentary, Charlotte d'Amboise, one of the stars of the revival of A Chorus Line, told Playbill Magazine that several scenes in the film, including the ones in which she and Jessica Lee Goldyn get phone calls informing them that they have been chosen for the cast, were staged - recreated for the documentary cameras. d'Amboise said that when they filmed her pretending to receive the news that she'd been cast, there was actually no one on the other end of the phone line with her. See more »
When I go to the movies, usually I watch the action-adventure, thrills and chills-type films, but i decided to take a break from them and focus on something like documentaries. Because sometimes the mind desires peaceful things. I need to balance my Yin and Yang.
Usually documentary movies are focused on big issues, like AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and FAHRENHEIT 9/11. But as of recently, I ran into documentaries based on thing no one has ever seen or heard of. Like THE KING OF KONG: A FIST FULL OF QUARTERS about two video game champions and EVERY LITTLE STEP.
Now about that film, I found it interesting to watch and I learned about not only the story of the revival, but the story of how the show itself got started back in the 70's. And I found out how tough it is to be in showbiz ("Eat nails!"). The surprising fact is the the people in charge of the 2006 revival of A CHORUS LINE were actually veterans of the 1975 production and it was based on the lives on some of the stars. Surprising eh?
I can't wait to watch the DVD of this film, I can't wait to see what the film-maker was thinking.
All in all, I highly recommend it.
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