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 »
The version being sold on iTunes appears to be edited for language. Several instances of the word "fuck" have been re-dubbed with the tamer "frick", and other instances have just been poorly edited out.
Strangely though, not *all* instances of the word have been expunged, so it's curious why some have been removed and not others. The version on the DVD remains completely uncut. See more »
A Fabulous, Touching Fusion of Broadway Dance and Reality
27 May 2010. If this was a perfect world with an unlimited budget, perhaps this movie could have won best documentary, but life isn't so much of a fantasy. Take the best of American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, throw in the amazing power of the original Broadway play itself, and create a personal fusion of reality (the original source material and taped session) and the reality of the moment of revival rehearsal) you get an amazing, emotionally touching and usually comprehensible you are there experience. This is real life transformed into a musical transformed into a reality show/documentary that emotes all of the deeply emotional hard work, anxiety, fear, and triumphs of dancing and the performing arts. The side by side competition, the original intent of the musical to usher in you are the director choosing the cast experience is there. The only weakness comes from the inability due to the likely logistics, limited budget, and the lack of a psychic to better follow in more depth the storyline of some of the main characters all the way through and the sometimes difficulty of following so many real life people. This movie is powerful enough to even exceed the captivating The Company (2003) dance documentary as well as the less than compelling movie version of the musical (1985). Nevertheless, this is a dazzling and personal display of the sacrifices and the talents and fine nuances of musical Broadway that few ever get to experience.
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