“A Chorus Line” fans will be glad to learn a revival of the Broadway musical is onstage in Boca through May 30.
The Wick Theater had to shut down after a couple “Chorus Line” performances last spring. Now the show is back as the first on stage in a socially distanced house. Masks required. The Wick has showcased cabaret acts in a lobby supper club all this time, before reopening the theater on April 22.
Instead of a Playbill, cast members’ names and headshots are projected on stage.
Be prepared to get emotionally involved with the characters. If you’re new to this plot, the casting call brings out a stage full of dancers. But the choreographer only needs “four boys and four girls.”
The 1975 Tony Awards for Best Musical stays fresh. “Dance 10, looks 3,” is a solo on why one woman had to improve her looks surgically to get parts. No punches pulled here. “Nothing” describes what a dancer got out of an acting class.
The dancing is so spot on that the audience applauded individual performances.
The soundtrack in lieu of a small group of live musicians instead of an orchestra actually adds to the show. By the time the cast gets to “One” at the finale, the audience is already standing and yelling “Bravo.”
If you’re old enough to have seen this on Broadway or the later movie version, you won’t be disappointed.
By Marci Shatzman
Secondary image by Amy Pasquantonio