Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
In times gone by, before, I'm sure, the Glee kids were even born, there was A Chorus Line. Debuting in 1975, as an off-Broadway production, Michael Bennet's musical won nine Tony Awards and the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Today it remains the fifth longest running Broadway show ever. Better than that, it's coming to Perth's Burswood Theatre but for only 20 performances. So get your tickets whilst you still can.
The Story The title of the musical gives you somewhat of a headstart here. A Chorus Line is the story of a group of desperate for work dancers auditioning for the coveted 8 roles in a dancing chorus for an upcoming Broadway production. After the first cut, 17 dancers remain whom the choreographer (Zach) wants to know a lot more about. So as the audition process progresses, he gets the dancers to tell their story and this is exactly what they do. You get to know a lot more about each of the dancers lives until the final cut to 8 dancers happens, and A Chorus Line is formed.
What to Expect
Do not expect it to be like the move. If you've watched the movie, you need to put that scarring imagery to the back of your mind. Better still try to mentally erase the lot of it. Instead, expect to see some flawless dancing, a rousing musical score and songs that will have you tapping your feet and singing in your car all the way home. A Chorus Line is the reason I took up (and failed) at tap dancing, and there's something about the live show that really takes you on the journey with the 17 dancers looking for work.
This is a simple story, so don't expect the set and stage to rival previous Burswood Musical hits such as Wicked or Phantom. For the main part the aesthetics are simplistic and basic, but for me, this allows you to concentrate on the story unfolding and really enjoy the beautiful dancing.
Music wise, this is a Broadway classic, and whilst you might not think that you know the songs too well, you'll be surprised at how many of the tunes you'll already recognise. If you're a Glee fan, you'll recognise a number of the songs as having been covered there and so much of the score has been featured outside of this production.
Fans of Dancing with the Stars will enjoy seeing judge Josh Horner take to the stage.
Information Dates: Opens 20th October 2012 for 20 performances Times: Tuesday 7.30pm, Wednesday 1pm and 8pm, Thursday 8pm, Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm and 8pm, Sunday 3pm Tickets: Ticketek 1300 795 012
If you're driving to the Burswood Theatre, a handy hint to avoid the queues exiting the car park on the way out, is to pre pay for your car parking. The pay stations around the car parks give you the option to pay for your parking in advance and this is certainly advisable.