SONG: “What I Did For Love.” MUSICAL: A Chorus Line. The Music of Marvin Hamlisch. (1975, Broadway, Original Cast Recording)
Song: What I Did For Love. Musical: A CHORUS LINE. (Original Cast Recording) — The Music of Marvin Hamlisch
The human struggle behind the songs:
Every kid who ever came to New York to work in and around the theater, or anybody who dances for a living in that milieu, will immediately connect with the stories of the characters of A Chorus Line, and upon listening to them will say, “That’s me.” Which may explain why this is such an emotional show for so many people.
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A Chorus Line, 1975
What emerged from the workshops at the New York Public Theater, was a show with no stars, no set, and almost no plot. This struck people as daring in 1975; given what’s been on the Broadway stage in the intervening two decades, “astounding” seems more like it.
Listen: “What I Did For Love” — Musical A Chorus Line. Broadway Original Cast Recording:
“Kiss the day goodbye, the sweetness and the sorrow; we did what we had to do, and I can’t regret what I did for love, what I did for love. Look, my eyes are dry; the dream was ours to borrow. It’s as if we always knew. But I won’t forget what I did for love, what I did for love. Gone, love is never gone, as we travel on, love’s what we’ll remember. Kiss today goodbye, and point me toward tomorrow; wish me luck, the same to you. Won’t regret, can’t forget what I did for love. What I did for love.”Lyrics: Edward Kleban
Songwriters: MARVIN HAMLISCH, EDWARD KLEBAN. © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
“The concept of the show was truly original: a show with no real set, no costumes to speak of, no star and no narrative had never been seen on Broadway before.”
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