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a chorus line revival vs original? 
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Fresh Face
Fresh Face

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Post a chorus line revival vs original?
Just saw it at the Orpheum in Memphis. Crappy sound system by the way, music was somewhere between sharp and shrill And parts of each song just sort of disappeared.
My question is that it seems to me that the dancing was greatly revised from the original. The one we saw had Cassie's big number as more of an interpretive modern dance than the more Broadway style I remember. On the finale of "One" I think I remember the lights come up on a full Chorus Line dancing to the number in a very powerful manner. The version we saw they used the finale as a kiss off, each member came our, took a bow and joined the line. then into a rather subdued precision line dance, still did the circle but not all that great.
Am I wrong, how was the original finale staged?

Sun Sep 27, 2009 12:56 pm
Tony Winner
Tony Winner

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I haven't seen the revival, but what you describe is the original choreography. Cassie's dance is very 70's modern interpretive, not "broadway" at all. The finale of "One" is exactly as you described, the actors enter one by one, each taking a bow as they come in. This allows time for the quick change required to the gold costumes. Then there's a big dance number - the promenade, into the wedge into the circle, back into the line upstage, into the final kickline.

Maybe it was just low energy when you saw it?

Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:17 pm
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