Chorus Line Revival
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Author:  pj5555 [ Sat Sep 26, 2009 1:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Chorus Line Revival

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?

Author:  Quique [ Mon Nov 09, 2009 1:03 am ]
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The revival is a carbon-copy of the original production. Really nothing has been changed. Even the lighting is the same.

This probably doesn't really count but the only thing slightly altered is the orchestration. The original arrangement was far fuller and included a very exciting brass section. Nowadays the brass has been reduced considerably and much of the percussion is synthesized. Also some of the arrangements have been updated from the original ultra 70's sound (the "wah-wah" electric guitar, for example).

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