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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

All I Ever Needed! Was the Music! And the Mirror! And the Chaaaaance! To Daaaaance! For yooooou!

posted by on July 16 at 12:45 PM

Were you in the original production of A Chorus Line that played at the Shubert Theatre in New York in the ’70s and ’80s (and forever changed the course of Dan Savage’s life)? An email just went out to local media from the publicist at the Paramount…

I am hoping you can help us with a unique endeavor… As you may recall, the National touring engagement of A CHORUS LINE, the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, is set to take the stage at The Paramount Theatre August 5 – 10, 2008. The most recent national touring production of A CHORUS LINE, was in Seattle last during 1987!

Since the show was on Broadway for 15 years - from 1975 – 1990 - we are fairly confident that there may be a cast member or two from that original production who may now reside in the Greater Puget Sound area and we want to find them and we are hoping you can help us do that!!

See the notice below and if you could post this in the paper once or twice between now and August 1 – we are hopeful we can find some of these Broadway cast members.

No word on what they’re going to do with these formerly lithe ’70s sybarites who must now be all pruney and broken. Bring them up on stage? Ask them their feelings? Electrocute them? The whole notice—and the email address to use if you know anyone—is after the jump.

Seattle, WA – Broadway Across America-Seattle and the National touring company of A CHORUS LINE are looking for any cast members who appeared in the original Broadway production of A CHORUS LINE at the Shubert Theatre in New York between 1975 and 1990. Please contact by August 1, 2008. This is a great opportunity for former cast members to share their memories of how they dazzled the Broadway stage in this “one singular sensation!” The 30th Anniversary Production of A CHORUS LINE comes to The Paramount Theatre in Seattle from August 5 – 10. Winner of nine Tony® Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, A CHORUS LINE showcases a group of working dancers auditioning for a Broadway musical while revealing their individual stories, personal joys and disappointments. A CHORUS LINE is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. This new production of A CHORUS LINE reclaimed its place in the heart of Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 W 45th St) where it opened to rave reviews on October 5, 2006. Ben Brantley of The New York Times hails the show “Heaven on Broadway!” Elysa Gardner of USA Today calls it “Exhilarating and endearing, it still has a freshness and fervency too seldom seen in contemporary musicals,” while The New York Daily News exclaims “There’s nothing better! The show thrills from the opening number to the glittering finale,” and Jeffrey Lyons of WNBC TV hails it “An American Masterpiece. A show for the ages.” A CHORUS LINE is directed by its original Tony® Award-winning co-choreographer Bob Avian and is produced by John F. Breglio. A CHORUS LINE, conceived and originally choreographed and directed by Michael Bennett, features a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban. Baayork Lee re-stages the original choreography.

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Choreography drifts from the original over time unless dancers pass the actual moves from one generation to the other. This is why aged ballet teachers with canes are so popular a trope in dance movies.

Posted by inkweary | July 16, 2008 12:48 PM

Someone who was about 20 in 1975 "must be all pruney and broken"? Wow, do you actually know anyone that age? I realize that seems antique from the vantage point of one's early 20s, but jesus, dancers tend to age very well indeed. Rita Moreno is what, 75, and still looks fantastic.

Posted by Geni | July 16, 2008 12:51 PM

Looks: 3
Christopher Frizzelle's Amazing Whatwhozist: 9

Posted by Can't Help Myself | July 16, 2008 12:59 PM

"A CHORUS LINE is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history"

I guess this is going with the hair-splitting argument that "Phantom of the Opera" is a British show, I suppose?

The fact that I know the difference proves my faggery knows no bounds.

Posted by NewYorkActor | July 16, 2008 1:11 PM

All I ever needed enormous whozeewhatsit!!!

Posted by Christopher Frizzelle's Enormous Whozeewhatsit | July 16, 2008 1:20 PM

Make sure to always follow A CHORUS LINE, with a comma.

Posted by sam e. | July 16, 2008 4:26 PM

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