BWW Reviews: The Engeman’s Sensational A CHORUS LINE
The large Broadway caliber cast is wonderfully directed by Engeman vet Drew Humphrey with Dena DiGiacintooverseeing the choreography. The tale, as we know, written by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, follows several actors going through the audition process to be cast in an upcoming musical. This is set to the iconic Marvin Hamlisch/Edward Kieban score that includes favorite songs “One” and “Sing!” among others. What’s beautiful about this piece is that each member of the ensemble cast gets to shine. They truly make you feel their tension and the stressfulness of the entertainment industry.
As the auditions for the fictional musical progress, Zach, the show’s director portrayed by James Ludwig, proceeds to ask each person about themselves. The stories vary and some will bring you to tears. Among the highlights is an emotional story from Cassie, portrayed by Jessica Lee Goldyn, who then interprets her angst into a stunning and inspired dance performance. Everyone in this cast is really brilliant.
Additionally, special kudos to Cory Pattak for the excellent lighting design bringing the bare stage alive. The “auditions” take place in an undecorated/unfurnished room with only a ceiling-high mirror upstage. It takes a one-of-a-kind cast to keep an audience’s attention with minimal sets and props and the sold out crowd responded well. And, naturally, it is always delightful to see a live orchestra this one superbly conducted by Music Director James Olmstead.
And so, A Chorus Line is certainly another hit for the John W. Engeman Theatre. A marvelous cast, a great story, beautiful music, and a top notch creative team make for a thrilling night of theatre.
A Chorus Line is presented by the John W. Engeman Theatre of Northport, Long Island, through May 10th. Book byJames Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Edward Kieban, Directed by Dew Humphrey, Scenic Design by Jonathan Collins, Costume Design by Tristan Raines, Lighting by Cory Pattak, Sound Design by Laura Shubert, Casting by Scott Wojcik & Gayle Seay, Stage Management by Bethany Sortman, Music Direction by James Olmstead, Choreography by Dena DiGiacinto. For more information and to purchase tickets please call (631) 261-2900 or visit www.engemantheater.com.