Last night I saw A Chorus Line on Broadway. ACL was my first Broadway show, in 1977, when I was a teenager making my virginal visit to New York City. I will never forget the night.
Today, I give you my Top 11 reasons why a LOVED A Chorus Line in its new revival. Do yourself a favor. Don't miss it.
- Michael Bennett’s choreography. Too perfect for words.
- The show is timeless, despite being set in 1975. It captures the hopes, dreams and realities of chasing your passion, whatever the hurdles.
- The new cast – excellent across the board.
- My friend Brad Anderson is in it, and he’s never looked better. Go Brad.
- “Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love.” The ultimate ode to teenage angst.
- Paul’s coming out story, which is as moving in a post-AIDS world as it was in a pre- (I’d worried about that).
- Deidre Goodwin as Sheila. Every line she delivers is a winner.
- The lighting and set. So simple. So perfect.
- The thrill of revisiting a play that you know well, but that feels new because of the ways YOU have change.
- "Everything was Beautiful at the Ballet." Try not to cry.
- The final number, One. In my opinion, the best dance number ever staged.
Photo Credit: A Chorus Line website.