Label: Casablanca - 826 306-1,Casablanca - 826306-1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Limited Edition Gatefold • Country: Greece • Genre: Jazz, Stage & Screen • Style: Soundtrack, Swing
There have been many musicals about performers, but A Chorus Line was among the first to look at the lives of the "gypsies," the various chorus members, and dancers who appear in the audition lines for each show. The show was conceived by Michael Bennett, a director and choreographer who decided in to document the lives and struggles of these gypsies by interviewing them on videotape. The results were so striking that he decided to create a What I Did For Love - Various - A Chorus Line - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack around the experience of auditioning, which arouses so many emotions, hopes, and fears, and while unique in its form, and strikes a chord in anyone who has gone on a dreamt-for date or applied for a job.
Novelist James Kirkwood and former dancer Nicholas Dante created the book, Edward Kleban wrote the lyrics, with the occasional uncredited editing by playwright Neil Simon. In a series of solos and ensembles, the auditioners reveal more and more of themselves, their lives, and their aspirations, often poignantly, but occasionally comically, as in Kristine's "Sing," though even there, as it becomes clearer and clearer that she is tone-deaf, her determination has a certain pathos.
Nearly all of the more serious numbers about how the characters are driven by their own needs to perform and succeed are more or less in ballad style some ensemble work which creates the appropriate challenge for both director and performers to keep them from blending into one Gary Numan - Newman Numan stylistically and dramatically.
The staging was acclaimed as much as the show, for its use of almost cinematic techniques to pull attention from one character to another, and for the use of mirrors, not only visually but as a symbol. In the conclusion, a reprise of the song "One," the individuality that the characters have created is slowly covered What I Did For Love - Various - A Chorus Line - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack with their chorus costumes as they become the standardized kick line, and they become anonymous parts of the crowd again.
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