On the Line: The Creation of A Chorus Line

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006 - Performing Arts - 376 pages
(Limelight). A Chorus Line , the biggest Broadway hit of its generation, is returning to Times Square in a major fall 2006 revival. The show is based on a remarkable series of taped discussions made in the mid 1970s with some of the top "gypsies" (veteran Broadway dancers), many of whom went on to play characters based on themselves in the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical. In many ways, On the Line: The Creation of "A Chorus Line" is a continuation of the show itself. In this collective oral history, the 19 original cast members tell how they got involved with the project, how they labored through the months of workshops that shaped it, and what its success has meant for their lives and careers. They paint intimate and frank portraits of co-creators Michael Bennett, Joseph Papp, Ed Kleban and each other. Originally published in 1990, the book has been updated to continue telling their stories over the past 16 years. Wayne Cilento ("I Can Do That") has become a Tony-winning choreographer of shows like Wicked and Aida ; Kelly Bishop ("Can the adults smoke?") has become a TV star; Trish Garland has become a California fitness guru, and so forth.
 

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Contents

Preface 2006
13
Remembering
19
Childhood
39
Subsequent Taping Sessions February
76
Summer 1974
82
Beginning of the First Workshop August
104
Beginning of the Second Workshop January
153
Preparing for the Papp Test February 1975
194
Opening Night and the OffBroadway
245
Transferring to Broadway JulyOctober 1975
265
The First Six Months Run October 1975
280
The Tony Awards April 1976
288
Los Angeles and Parting Ways May 1976
300
A Celebration September 1983
313
What Came After 19761990
327
Epilogue
334

February 1975
202
Final Rehearsals and Previews April
227

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