On the Line - The Creation of A Chorus Line

Overview

(Limelight). A Chorus Line , the biggest Broadway hit of its generation, is returning to Times Square in a major fall 2006 revival. The show is based on a remarkable series of taped discussions made in the mid 1970s with some of the top "gypsies" (veteran Broadway dancers), many of whom went on to play characters based on themselves in the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical. In many ways, On the Line: The Creation of "A Chorus Line" is a continuation of the show itself. In this collective oral history, the 19 original cast members tell how they
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Overview

(Limelight). A Chorus Line , the biggest Broadway hit of its generation, is returning to Times Square in a major fall 2006 revival. The show is based on a remarkable series of taped discussions made in the mid 1970s with some of the top "gypsies" (veteran Broadway dancers), many of whom went on to play characters based on themselves in the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical. In many ways, On the Line: The Creation of "A Chorus Line" is a continuation of the show itself. In this collective oral history, the 19 original cast members tell how they got involved with the project, how they labored through the months of workshops that shaped it, and what its success has meant for their lives and careers. They paint intimate and frank portraits of co-creators Michael Bennett, Joseph Papp, Ed Kleban and each other. Originally published in 1990, the book has been updated to continue telling their stories over the past 16 years. Wayne Cilento ("I Can Do That") has become a Tony-winning choreographer of shows like Wicked and Aida ; Kelly Bishop ("Can the adults smoke?") has become a TV star; Trish Garland has become a California fitness guru, and so forth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879103361
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 720,996
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Remembering 19
Ch. 2 The first taping session (January 1974) 24
Ch. 3 "Childhood" 39
Ch. 4 Subsequent taping sessions (February-April 1974) 76
Ch. 5 Preparations for the workshop (spring and summer 1974) 82
Ch. 6 Beginning of the first workshop (August-September 1974) 104
Ch. 7 End of the first workshop (late September 1974) 134
Ch. 8 Hiatus (October 1974-January 1975) 142
Ch. 9 Beginning of the second workshop (January-February 1975) 153
Ch. 10 Preparing for "the Papp test" (February 1975) 194
Ch. 11 Seven weeks that saved the show (February-April 1975) 202
Ch. 12 Final rehearsals and previews (April-May 1975) 227
Ch. 13 Opening night and the off-broadway run (May-July 1975) 245
Ch. 14 Transferring to Broadway (July-October 1975) 265
Ch. 15 The first six months' run (October 1975-April 1976) 280
Ch. 16 The Tony awards (April 1976) 288
Ch. 17 Los Angeles and parting ways (May 1976-December 1977) 300
Ch. 18 A celebration (September 1983) 313
Ch. 19 What came after (1976-1990) 327
Ch. 20 Epilogue 334
App Their lives to date 338
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