Archive for January, 2012

A Chorus Line

Just caught the wonderful Australian cast of Michael Bennett’s masterpiece A Chorus Line last night. What a treat!

Directed by original cast member Baayork Lee, this show is as powerful as it ever was and has been preciously kept unspoilt and true to the original concept, design and choreography by Ms Lee.

Of course, the music is the real king here, those brilliant Marvin Hamlisch songs that we all know and love, conducted flawlessly by Paul White.

The only disappointment of the night went to Anita Louise Combe as Cassie. I found her to be too stiff with her dancing and rushed through great lines with a forced, over-the-top emotion. Because of her un-naturalistic delivery, I found myself not caring about Cassie, and not investing in her story. I was disappointed when she got the job over some of the more likeable girls.

Debra Krizak as Sheila, however, was a clear crowd favourite. Brooding with bitterness and sensuality, she had us at the first “I knew it when I was at the front!”

A Chorus Line is a great revival of a wonderful Broadway classic. The Australian cast is strong, and I wish it a long and happy season touring the major cities.