▶ Song: At The Ballet. Musical A Chorus Line. Original Cast / Lyrics.

SONG: At The Ballet. MUSICAL: A Chorus Line. The Music of Marvin Hamlisch.

Song: At The Ballet. From the Broadway Musical "A Chorus Line" - The Music of Marvin Hamlisch
Song: At The Ballet. From the Broadway Musical “A Chorus Line” — 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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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: Song: At The Ballet. Musical A Chorus Line. Original Cast:

LYRICS: At The Ballet

[MAGGIE, SHEILA AND BEBE]

Up a steep and very narrow stairway

To the voice like a metronome.

Up a steep and very narrow stairway

[MAGGIE]

It wasn’t paradise…

[BEBE]

It wasn’t paradise…

[SHEILA]

It wasn’t paradise…

[MAGGIE, SHEILA AND BEBE]

But it was home.

[MAGGIE (Spoken)]

I don’t know what they were for or against, really,

except each other.

I mean I was born to save their marriage

but when my father came to pick my mother up

at the hospital

he said, “Well, I thought this was going to help.

but I guess it’s not…”

Anyway, I did have a fantastic fantasy life.

I used to dance around the living room

with my arms up like this

My fantasy was that there was an Indian Chief…

And he’d say to me,

Maggie, do you wanna dance?”

And I’d say, “Daddy, I would love to dance!”

[SHEILA AND MAGGIE]

Doo‐doo‐doo‐doo

[BEBE]

But it was clear…

[BEBE AND MAGGIE]

Doo‐doo‐doo

[SHEILA]

When he proposed…

[SHEILA AND BEBE]

Doo‐doo‐doo

[MAGGIE]

That I was born to help their marriage and when

[MAGGIE AND BEBE]

Doo‐doo‐doo‐doo

[SHEILA]

That’s what he said…

[SHEILA AND MAGGIE]

Doo‐doo‐doo

[BEBE]

That’s what she said…

[BEBE AND SHEILA]

Doo‐doo‐doo

[MAGGIE]

I used to dance around the living room…

[BEBE AND SHEILA]

Doo‐doo‐doo‐doo

[SHEILA]

He wasn’t warm…

[SHEILA AND MAGGIE]

Doo‐doo‐doo

[BEBE]

Not to her…

[MAGGIE]

It was an Indian chief and he’d say:

Maggie, do you wanna dance?”

And I’d say, “Daddy, I would love to…”

Everything was beautiful at the ballet,

Raise your arms and someone’s always there.

Yes, everything was beautiful at the ballet,

At the ballet,

At the ballet!!!

[MAGGIE, SHEILA AND BEBE]

Yes everything was beautiful at the ballet.

[MAGGIE]

HEY!…

[BEBE]

I was pretty…

[SHEILA]

I was happy…

[MAGGIE]

I would love to…”

[MAGGIE, SHEILA AND BEBE]

At…the…ballet.

Songwriters: MARVIN HAMLISCH, EDWARD KLEBAN. © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

VIDEO: At The Ballet — (From “A Chorus Line — The Movie” )

Track 1: I hope I get it
Track 2: I can do that
Track 3: at the ballet
Track 4: sing!
Track 5: hello twelve, hello thirteen, hello love
Track 6: nothing
Track 7: the music and the mirror
Track 8: dance ten, looks three
Track 9: one
Track 10: what I did for love
Track 11: one (reprise) finale


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