A Chorus Line
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Eric Chazankin

The musical A Chorus Line opened on Broadway in 1975 to a run of over a decade and has recently returned. But you don’t have to go to New York to see it. A Chorus Line is now being performed at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa.

Set on a bare rehearsal stage, 17 dancers try out for eight positions in the chorus line of a Broadway musical. In addition to testing their dancing abilities, the director asks them questions about themselves – their past, present and aspirations for the future. What the dancers reveal opens a wide range of human emotions and draws the audience in to caring about the characters and rooting for them to be chosen for the chorus line.

While the musical reveals what it’s like to try out for a part on stage, it also opens up to a wide range of employment and life experiences and how people put themselves on the line in order to get a chance at doing something they love. The music also reflects the poignancy of these endeavors with songs like At The Ballet where the characters sing that “everything was beautiful at the ballet” even when their real lives were far from beautiful.

For tickets or more information call (707) 523-4188 or visit www.6thstreetplayhouse.com.

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