Première Preview: lundi 18 septembre 2006Première: jeudi 05 octobre 2006Dernière: dimanche 17 août 2008
BEN BRANTLEY of the NEW YORK TIMES says “Since “A Chorus Line” left Broadway only 16 years ago, to have it return more or less exactly as it was makes it feel like a vintage car that has been taken out of the garage, polished up and sent on the road once again. Now isn’t one of the points of “A Chorus Line” that musicals are not machines?” and "You can still sense the urgency that once propelled “A Chorus Line” in some of the ensemble pieces. But in providing us with an archivally and anatomically correct reproduction of a landmark show, its creators neglected to restore its central nervous system and, most important, its throbbing heart." / JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS says "The musical doesn't pack the one-two wallop of innovation and discovery it once did. How could it? But for its 2 hours and 10 minutes, it is still addictively entertaining." & "As long as "A Chorus Line" is kicking on Broadway, audiences have somewhere exciting to go." / CLIVE BARNES of THE NEW YORK POST says "A good reproduction of a great original. But if you've seen it before, you needn't run to see it again." / MICHAEL SOMMERS of STAR-LEDGER says "But plenty of younger people probably have never witnessed "A Chorus Line." They're fortunate -- and so are the rest of us -- that the production is a faithful and altogether loving re-creation of the late Michael Bennett's masterpiece. Welcome back, you beautiful thing." / LINDA WINER of NEWSDAY says "The treatment of every step-kick as holy scripture brings the faint whiff of mothballs to memory lane." / ROBERT FELDBERG of the RECORD says "The creators of the revival don't want you to forget the original; they'd like you to relive it...The result of all this, thankfully, is not a museum piece, but a vibrant re-creation. Whatever ghosts it bears, and whatever its flaws, it's a high-spirited, entertaining show that honors its predecessor." / JACQUES LE SOURD of JOURNAL NEWS says "Unfortunately, what's missing is charisma. There isn't a drop of it on the stage." / DAVID ROONEY of VARIETY says "While everybody works hard, no one quite dazzles. That seems dictated not by any lack of talent but by the fundamental limitations of the production's approach. Fitting into the established contours of existing performances rarely generates the same sparks as creating them from scratch. The actors onstage feel like topnotch replacements rather than originators. It's the sense of duplication -- albeit lovingly executed -- that keeps the revival from soaring."
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!
Qualité: **** Intérêt: ***
Langue: Anglais Durée: 00:06:41
2006-10-Broadway Revival CastStars:Date de sortie:2006-??-??Type de CD:Stage Cast •Nombre de CD:1 pour un total de 13 tracksArtistes:Ken Alan, Brad Anderson, Michelle Aravena, David Baum, Michael Berresse, Mike Cannon, E. Clayton Cornelious, Charlotte d'Amboise, Mara Davi, Joey Dudding, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Deidre Goodwin, Tyler Hanes, Nadine Isenegger, Pamela Jordan, Lorin Latarro, Natalie Cortez & The Ultra Violets, Heather Parcells, Michael Paternostro, Alisan Porter, Jeffrey Schecter, Jason Tam, Grant Turner, Chryssie Whitehead, Tony YazbeckTracks:01. Opening / I Hope I Get It
02. I Can Do That
03. At the Ballet
05. Montage, Part 1: Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love
06. Montage, Part 2: Nothing
07. Montage, Part 3: Mother
08. Montage, Part 4: Gimme The Ball
09. Dance: Ten; Looks: Three
10. The Music and the Mirror
12. What I Did for Love
13. One (Reprise) / FinaleCommentaires:Barnes & Noble
The Tony Award-winning 1970s musical A Chorus Line steps into the future on this 2006 new-cast recording. All the groundbreaking spirit of the original (which closed in 1990, after more than 6,000 performances) comes through anew in this revival, thanks to a talented young troupe without a weak link -- a good thing, as this may be the ultimate ensemble show. Lyricist Edward Kleban and composer Marvin Hamlisch broke the Broadway mold by building a musical around the aspirations of a group of dancers auditioning not for a starring role but merely a spot in the chorus. Especially in the long, central "Montage" (heard here in a more complete version than on the original cast album), what emerges is a candid and often comical set of character sketches -- presented, of course, with toe-tapping and finger-snapping pizzazz. By the time "One," the show's top tune, comes around, it's not Jonathan Tunick's enhanced orchestrations or the added material (longer cuts of "I Hope I Get It" and "The Music and the Mirror") that captivate, but simply the undimmed power of one of Broadway's most original successes. EJ Johnson
All Music Guide
A Chorus Line, the musical about Broadway dancers set at an audition, played on Broadway for nearly 15 years, 1975-1990, closing as the longest-running musical in history (a title later usurped by Cats and The Phantom of the Opera). A Broadway revival a mere 16 years later may seem a bit soon. But that long run was an indication of the show's universal appeal. Ironically, despite the specific focus on dancers' careers, specifics based on actual dancers' tape-recorded memories, A Chorus Line put up on-stage many experiences common to all people, particularly in the lengthy montage that takes up tracks five, six, seven, and eight here, amounting to almost 19 minutes of songs and dialogue about family life and adolescent foibles. The dancing that is the main point of the show is, of course, not available on a CD, but composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Edward Kleban's score continues to appeal. Hamlisch provides pastiches of Broadway show music and some elements current for the mid-'70s, including disco in the long instrumental section of "The Music and the Mirror" and a power ballad, "What I Did for Love." Kleban does not shy away from using the vulgar and vernacular to express the dancers' troubles and fears, an approach that was more shocking in 1975 than it could be 30 years later, but that still works. The 2006 cast sings effectively, and Jonathan Tunick, Bill Byers, and Hershy Kay provide new orchestrations that spiff up the sound. Typical for the CD era, this album is longer than previous recordings, besting the original cast album, even in its 1998 "bonus tracks" form, by almost nine minutes. That 1975 album remains a fresher rendering, though audiences attending the revival and wanting a souvenir will get an excellent re-creation on this disc. (The 1985 movie version introduced a few new songs that have not been retained in the revival and remain exclusive to the soundtrack album.) ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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