Inspired. That’s exactly how I felt after watching the fantastic and mesmerizing cast of A Chorus Line.
I have seen the show and the movie a handful of times, and for years sang the songs in Chamber Choir at Carmel High School (shout out to Mr. Smith,) but this was different.
It gave me goosebumps, it made me cry and laugh. I left the theater dancing and looking forward to sitting in the back of the theater watching it again and again (one of the many perks of my job!)
If you don’t know the story it is pretty simple : A director, played by the handsome James Ludwig, is casting for a new Broadway musical. His auditions are grueling and everyone must be perfect or they will get cut.
For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s the opportunity to dance on a world famous Broadway stage. Each of the 17 dancers have their own individual story and reason why they became dancers. Boys who dreamed of dancing because they watched their sisters do it and girls who found a home at the ballet to escape their family. Some stories more relate-able than other but none the less all great stories! The character development for each actor is perfect. My two favorite characters are “Kristine” played by Rachel Marie Bell and “Richie” played by Danny Wilfred. They are both phenomenally quirky and charismatic!
One of the 17 dancers isn’t like the others though…Her name is Cassie. Cassie is played by Jessica Lee Goldyn, who is by far one of the best dancers I have ever seen. She also performed the revival of A Chorus Line on Broadway as Val along side Mario Lopez! Jessica’s performance of “The Music and the Mirror” is gripping and leaves the entire audience spellbound. Here is a sneak peek of her dance:
I won’t give any spoilers but the acting, dancing, singing and the lighting for this show is out of this world. Director Drew Humphrey and choreographer Dena DiGiacinto have really out done themselves! The show is open from now until May 10th. If you don’t have tickets you might want to jump on it quick as we are already selling out!
*Video by Michael DeCristofaro from the John W. Engeman Theater. Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter-Keddy