2000 hopefuls auditioned for the Australian production of "A Chorus Line" which is about – hopefuls auditioning for a show.
Back in the seventies some Broadway show people recorded their stories for a writer, and out of those stories came the show, which ran for fifteen years, and won a heap of Tony awards, and even a Pulitzer.
This Australian revival, the first since 1977, has a lot going for it. Marvin Hamlisch's music has still "got it" with its mix of pop and jazz and razamataz. The dancers gave their all – excellent, high energy, precise athleticism. And the stories were touching and challenging.
Maybe some of the American accents were unconvincing, and maybe some of the jokes went over the audience's head. Overall I'd say it was a must see for any fans of the musical but for new audiences it might not have been as accessible as more modern day musicals such as "Wicked" which was shown at QPAC last year.
But the nostalgia was almost as good as it used to be. The band was wonderful. And the singers were great – even if opening night nerves meant that a note or two might not have been what Hamlisch intended. The stage set was minimal and bare – but for most of the audience these minor imperfections did not impact on their enthusiasm.