Arlington Heights, IL: The Musical A Chorus Line was presented by Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. Dates: Sept 20 — Nov 3, 2018.
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Metropolis Performing Arts Centre,
111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, IL
Metropolis’ ‘Chorus Line’ offers an unflinching look at show business.The competition is fierce for every dancer striving to be part of “A Chorus Line.”
Book: James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Music: Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics: Edward Kleban
Originally conceived and choreographed by Michael Bennett
Director: Robin Hughes
Choreographer: Christie Kerr
“A Chorus Line” was presented from Sept. 20 to Nov. 3 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.
The show’s triple threat cast of actor-singer-dancers:
Director Robin Hughes believes this show is an audience favorite because it gives people the feeling that “they are sneaking into the back of a dark theater so they can watch the auditions take place. And this is the truth of what happens at an audition for a big musical. That actor/dancer’s heart is on the line. Everything has to be exposed in their story as well as leaving the sweat on the floor.”
Director Robin Hughes: “It was a huge challenge to find the skill set that was needed,” director Robin Hughes admitted. Performers also had to fit very specific types.
“This is an incredibly diverse cast,” Hughes reported. She is confident they will shine in each facet of their role.
Hughes welcomed the opportunity to stage “A Chorus Line” because, “It’s such an iconic show,” she said, adding, “It’s a marriage between two things I love so much — incredible choreography and the reality of people’s lives.”
Hughes praised Michael Bennett’s direction and choreography for the original Broadway production, as well as the stories, which were based on interviews with Broadway dancers.
Choreographer Christie Kerr mentions that “It’s been a dream show of mine. I love everything it stands for.” She particularly appreciates the fact that the show is based on actual dancers’ lives. “It’s really about everybody’s dream,” she said, noting that she started dancing when she was 3
Kerr came into town to participate in the callback auditions, and then spent 2–1/2 weeks working on the choreography with the dancers. “The cast has been so amazing since day one,” she declared. “They will try anything.”
“It’s such a tough show cardio-wise and dance technique-wise,” Kerr noted. She chose to use the original Michael Bennett choreography, with a few tweaks.
“It’s so iconic and so beautiful and so amazing, I don’t want to touch it and screw it up,” Kerr explained.
A stunning theatrical classic that captures the spirit and tension of a Broadway audition. Exploring the lives and poignant ambitions of professional chorus dancers; those overly dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers. A Chorus Line takes the audience through the final grueling audition for a new Broadway musical.
The show features one powerhouse number after another including “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,” and “I Hope I Get It.” Song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama are fused brilliantly in this nine time Tony Award winner. A Chorus Line captivates heartstrings until the final casting choices are made and the question of why we do anything of value is answered: for love.