The traditional curtain call for a musical production has the chorus presented first with them taking some form of group bow. This is followed by the supporting actors taking their bows, usually in twos or threes, and then the “stars” of the show make their individual entrances to the standing applause of the audience.
While the members of the chorus, known in the business as “gypsies” because they travel from show to show, are likely to put in rehearsal time at least equal to the stars of the show, they receive less pay and end up as a group of talented but often soon forgotten faceless individuals. “A Chorus Line” gives names and faces to them as the show has a number of its characters tell their personal stories and explain why they need the job for which they are auditioning.
“A Chorus Line” is based on actual interviews Michael Bennett conducted with dancers while the tape recorder ran. Using the premise of an audition, Bennett and writers Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood expose the complex lives of these previously “unsung” members of a cast and share with the audience the individual fulfillment that can be found in working to produce something that requires a dedicated group effort. It has been deemed the best musical ever by those who came of age during its 6,137 performance run which began in 1975.
McQuaid Jesuit is indeed pleased to present “A Chorus Line” from March 14th through the 17th in the Father Leon J. Hogenkamp Auditorium at 1800 South Clinton Avenue. All performances begin at 7:30. All tickets are $8 on Wednesday, March 14th. Thursday through Saturday, March 15th through the 17th, tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $12 for adults. For additional information and to reserve tickets for any of the performances call 473-1130 x100.
Please be advised that there is some material in the show that may not be appropriate for younger children.