Kids who can dance and act their faces off?
Check and check.
Harrison has everything it needs for tonight’s opening of “A Chorus Line,” the ground-breaking musical that tells the stories of those people in the background in big Broadway shows. If it were made today, it’d likely be called “The Ensemble Line.”
But it is “A Chorus Line” with Marvin Hamlisch’s infectious and bouncy little vamp. You know it….dum, da, duh, dum, da, duh, dum, da, da, da, da, da, da, dum, da, duh, dum, da, duh, dum.
And it’s full of great songs: “I Hope I Get It,” “Nothing,” “I Can Do That,” “Dance: 10; Looks: 3,” and “What I Did for Love.”
There’s plenty of dance, as you’d expect, but there’s a lot of character work here, too, as we learn the lives of these people with show business in their blood.
Some don’t make the cut, but those who don those spangly costumes for the number “One” are the best of the best.
(I’ve always considered “One” a bit of a anti-climax, considering what we learn they can really do. Really? This is what they worked so hard to do? But I suppose I’m in the minority.)
With this production, Harrison says good-bye to two of its go-to performers: Halle Mastroberardino (“Cassie”), and Lucas Pettinato (“Mike”). They are two tough acts to follow, but if I know Lynn Fusco and Deb Toteda, they’ve been grooming kids to step up and be the next in line.
On the line.
After “A Chorus Line.”
Here’s the Running Lines video I shot at Harrison. Enjoy!
(And if you missed it, here’s a charming prom-posal that crafty Lucas Pettinato pulled off before rehearsal got started.)