A Chorus Line

Novato Theater Company
Runs through Sept. 30, 2018

The award-winning musical A Chorus Line has been around since 1975, when it swept the Tonys and went on to become one of the longest-running Broadway musicals ever. With music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante, the show captured the vagaries of auditioning for a Broadway show as a metaphor for life, and won the hearts and sympathies of its audience. Novato Theater Company faithfully renders a version close to the original, with enthusiastic performers and some adroit staging.

The company of A Chorus Line. Photo: Fred Deneau.

Dancers are auditioning for the ensemble of a new Broadway show, and they’re at the mercy of director Zach (Gregory Crane), who seems at once capricious and tyrannical. With the help of his assistant Laurie (Elise Terry), he puts some 24 dancers through their paces in order to narrow it down to 17, and eventually will select eight lucky people. What seemed radical in 1975 was his insistence on interviewing the auditionees, asking them to divulge personal histories and especially the stories of how they became dancers. …

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A Chorus Line