Pendant très longtemps, A Chorus Line a été le musical le plus joué à Broadway.
Si passer une audition (ou parler en public) vous a toujours terrorisé, passez votre chemin! A Chorus Line décrit le parcours semé d'embûches, la mise à nu, de futures stars… ou de simples membres de la troupe. Récit d'un sacerdoce.

Généralités: Histoire, thèmes et particularités


L’action se situe à Broadway où une audition de la plus haute importance est organisée par Zach (chorégraphe et metteur en scène) et son assistant Larry. Plusieurs centaines de danseurs s’affrontent ; seize sont retenus. Dès lors, huit filles et huit garçons se mettent à nu devant un metteur en scène distant qui juge leur talent, leur personnalité, leur vie. Chacun se raconte, se dévoile. Pourtant, il ne peut en rester que huit. Quels seront-ils ?

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Au début des années 70, le metteur en scène / chorégraphe, Michael Benett, décide d’écrire un spectacle qui mettrait au premier plan ceux qui n’en ont jamais l’occasion : les choeurs. Il organise alors les interviews de 24 danseurs invités à parler de leur vie personnelle et professionnelle. C’est ainsi que naît l’une des comédies musicales les plus célèbres : A Chorus Line. Elle naît de la compilation des divers témoignages.
Pendant quinze ans, A Chorus Line obtint toutes les récompenses possibles : 9 Tony Award, 5 Drama Desk Award, un Prix Pulitzer et bien d’autres.
A Chorus Line est devenu un classique de la comédie musicale. La dernière scène, regroupant les seize protagonistes et la centaine d’auditionnés face à un jeu de miroirs intelligents, est à ne manquer sous aucun prétexte !


1 A Chorus Line peut-être considéré comme un Top musical

2 A Chorus Line peut-être considéré comme un musical fondateur, c'est-à-dire ayant marqué l'histoire des musicals.


Historique du musical

Génèse du musical

The musical was formed from several taped workshop sessions with Broadway dancers, known as "gypsies," including eight who eventually appeared in the original cast. The sessions were originally hosted by dancers Michon Peacock and Tony Stevens. The first taped session occurred at the Nickolaus Exercise Center on January 26, 1974. They hoped that they would form a professional dance company to make workshops for Broadway dancers.
Michael Bennett was invited to join the group primarily as an observer, but quickly took control of the proceedings. Although Bennett’s involvement has been challenged, there has been no question about Kirkwood and Dante’s authorship. In later years, his claim that A Chorus Line had been his brainchild resulted in not only hard feelings but a number of lawsuits as well.[2] During the workshop sessions, random characters would be chosen at the end for the chorus jobs, resulting in genuine surprise among the cast. Subsequent productions, however, have the same set of characters winning the slots.[3] Marvin Hamlisch, who co-wrote "A Chorus Line's" winning score, recalls how in its first previews, audiences seemed put off by something in the story. Actress Marsha Mason told Bennett that Cassie (Donna McKechnie), because she did everything right, should win the part and not lose. Bennett changed it so that Cassie would win the part.[4]

Original production
A Chorus Line opened Off Broadway at The Public Theater on April 15, 1975. At the time, the Public did not have enough money to finance the production. They borrowed $1.6 million in order to produce the show. The show was directed and co-choreographed (with Bob Avian) by Bennett.
Advance word had created such a demand for tickets that the entire run sold out immediately. Producer Joseph Papp moved the production to Broadway, and on July 25, 1975 it opened at the Shubert Theatre, where it ran for 6.137 performances until April 28, 1990.
The production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning nine: Best Musical, Best Musical Book, Best Score (Hamlisch and Kleban), Best Director, and Best Choreography, Best Actress (McKechnie), Best Featured Actor (Sammy Williams), Best Featured Actress (Bishop) and Best Lighting Design. The show won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, one of the few musicals ever to receive this honor, and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play of the season.
In 1976, many of the original cast went on to perform in the Los Angeles production. Open roles were recast and the play was again reviewed as the "New" New York Company which included Ann Reinking, Sandahl Bergman, Christopher Chadman, Justin Ross (who would go on to appear in the film), and Barbara Luna.
When it closed, A Chorus Line was the longest running show in Broadway history[8] until its record was surpassed by Cats in 1997 and Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera in 2002. On September 29, 1983, Bennett and 330 A Chorus Line veterans came together to produce a show to celebrate the musical becoming the longest-running show in Broadway history.[9] A Chorus Line generated $277 million USD in revenue and had 6.5 million Broadway attendees. Since its inception, the show's many worldwide productions, both professional and amateur, have been a major source of income for The Public Theater.
By 1991, four of the five original creators had died; Bennett, Kirkwood, and Dante from complications of AIDS-related diseases, and Kleban from cancer.

Subsequent productions
U.S. and international tours were mounted in 1976, including a run in Los Angeles at the Shubert Theatre in Century City.
A London production opened in the West End at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1976. It ran for several years. Jane Summerhays and Geraldine Gardner (aka Trudi van Doorn of the Benny Hill Shows), played Sheila in the London production. The production won the Laurence Olivier Award as Best Musical of the Year 1976, the first year in which the awards were presented. Joan Illingworth was also down to the last two to appear.
The Broadway revival opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater on October 5, 2006 following a run in San Francisco. The revival closed on August 17, 2008 after 759 performances and 18 previews. It cost $8 million to finance and made back its investment in 19 weeks. The production was directed by Bob Avian, with the choreography reconstructed by Baayork Lee, who had played Connie Wong in the original Broadway production. The opening night cast included Paul McGill, Michael Berresse, Charlotte d'Amboise, Mara Davi, James T. Lane, Heather Parcells, Alisan Porter, Jason Tam, Jessica Lee Goldyn and Chryssie Whitehead. On April 15, 2008 Mario Lopez joined the cast as the replacement for Zach.
The production received two Tony Award nominations in 2007 for Featured Role (Charlotte d'Amboise) and Revival (Musical). The original contract for A Chorus Line provided for sharing the revenue from the show with the directors and dancers that had attended the original workshop sessions. However, the contract did not specify revenue when the musical was revived in 2006. In February 2008, an agreement was reached with the dancers and Michael Bennett's estate.



Liste des chansons

01. "I Hope I Get It" – Zach, Tricia, Paul and Company
02. "I Can Do That" – Mike
03. "And..." – Bobby, Richie, Val, and Judy
04. "At the Ballet" – Sheila, Bebe, and Maggie
05. "Sing!" – Kristine, Al, and Company
06. "Montage Part 1: Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love" – Mark, Connie, and Company
07. "Montage Part 2: Nothing" – Diana
08. "Montage Part 3: Mother" – Don, Judy, Maggie, and Company
09. "Montage Part 4: Gimme the Ball" – Greg, Richie, and Company
10. "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three" – Val
11. "The Music and the Mirror" – Cassie
12. "One" – Company
13. "The Tap Combination" – Company
14. "What I Did for Love" – Diana and Company
15. "One" (Reprise) – Company

Liste des rôles

Zach, the imperious, successful director running the audition.
Larry, his assistant.

The Auditionees:
Don Kerr, a married man who once worked in a strip club.
Maggie Winslow, a sweet woman who grew up in a broken home.
Mike Costa, an aggressive dancer who learned to tap at an early age.
Connie Wong, a petite Chinese-American who seems ageless.
Greg Gardner, a sassy Jewish gay man who divulges his first experience with a woman.
Cassie Ferguson, a once successful solo dancer down on her luck and a former love of Zach's.
Sheila Bryant, a sexy, aging dancer who tells of her unhappy childhood.
Bobby Mills, Sheila's best friend who jokes about his conservative upbringing in Buffalo, New York.
Bebe Benzenheimer, a young dancer who only feels beautiful when she dances.
Judy Turner, a tall, gawky, and quirky dancer.
Richie Walters, an enthusiastic black man who once planned to be a kindergarten teacher.
Al DeLuca, an Italian-American who takes care of his wife.
Kristine Urich (DeLuca), Al's scatter-brained wife who can't sing.
Val Clark, a foul-mouthed but excellent dancer who couldn't get performing jobs because of her looks until she had plastic surgery.
Mark Anthony, the youngest dancer who recounts the time he told his priest he thought he had gonorrhea.
Paul San Marco, a gay Puerto Rican who dropped out of high school and survived a troubled childhood.
Diana Morales, Paul's friend, another Puerto Rican who was underestimated by her teachers.

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Au début des années 70, le metteur en scène / chorégraphe, Michael Bennett, décide d’écrire un spectacle qui mettrait au premier plan ceux qui n’en ont jamais l’occasion : les choeurs. Il organise alors les interviews de 24 danseurs invités à parler de leur vie personnelle et professionnelle. C’est ainsi que naît l’une des comédies musicales les plus célèbres : A Chorus Line. Elle naît de la compilation des divers témoignages.

Elle fut longtemps la détentrice du record de longévité puisque, du 16 avril 1975 au 28 avril 1990, 6137 représentations se succédèrent.

Pendant quinze ans, A Chorus Line obtint toutes les récompenses possibles : 9 Tony Award, 5 Drama Desk Award, un Prix Pulitzer et bien d’autres.

La comédie musicale continue son ascension puisque, en 1985, le cinéma s’en empare. Contrairement à la pièce, le film est davantage centré sur l’histoire d’amour entre Zach et Cassie. La réalisation est confiée à Richard Attenborough (Cry Freedom, Chaplin, Gandhi…). Le rôle du metteur en scène est confié à la seule star du film : Michaël Douglas. En ce qui concerne les danseurs, on peut noter, par exemple, la présence d’Audrey Landers (vue dans Dallas), Nicole Fosse (la fille de Bob), du talentueux Gregg Burge (chorégraphe du clip de Michaël Jackson « Bad ») ou de Terrance Mann (la Bête dans la production originale de La Belle et la Bête à Broadway)…


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Fin de la 3.389ème représentation à Broadway

A Chorus Line (1975-07-Schubert Theatre-Broadway)

Le 29 septembre 1983, «A Chorus Line» devint le ‘longest running show’ de tous les temps à Broadway. (Depuis, il a été dépassé entre autres, par «Les Misérables», «Cats», et «Phantom of the Opera»). Pour cette représentation record, le metteur en scène Michael Bennett a rassemblé plus de 300 membres actuels ou passés du cast et créa une soirée inoubliable de théâtre, où les acteurs de différentes troupes se succédaient durant toute la représentation, commençant avec le cast de l’époque. L’original cast (sans Pam Blair) fut introduit pour la scène des "names", plusieurs Cassies rejoignant Donna McKecknie pour la dance de Cassie, il y eut de très nombreux Pauls pour le monologue de Paul monologue, l’"alternative scene" ("What would you do if you couldn't dance any more?") a été jouée dans différentes langues représentant les nombreuses troupes internationales, et la soirée s’est clôturée par cette incroyable scène (reprise sur la vidéo) avec des centaines d’artistes ayant joué dans «Chorus Line» remplissant la scène du Shubert Theatre pour la chanson "One". (La scène a dut être renforcée pour les supporter tous).

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Le revival de Broadway en 2006

A Chorus Line (2006-10-Plymouth Theatre-Broadway)

Reportage sur le revival à Broadway en 2006 de "AChorus Line", alors que commençaient les previews!

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Principaux CD du musical

1) 1975-07-Original Broadway Cast

2) 1985-12-Film Soundtrack

3) 1987-10-Vienna Cast

4) 2006-10-Broadway Revival Cast

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Captations du musical