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On the Line: The Creation of a Chorus Line


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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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On the occasion of the return to Broadway of A Chorus Line, this book, released in its second edition, tells the stories of 19 of its original cast members, with updates on their lives during the past 16 years in a brief appendix. Encompassing 1974 to 1990, the main text recounts the show's inception, how it was based on the actors' lives, their workshops, rehearsals, the Broadway run, and the Tony Awards. Lee and Walsh were original cast members of the show, and Viagas, founder of the news service for Playbill Online, co-authored The Amazing Story of The Fantasticks and edited The Alchemy of Theatre: The Divine Science: Essays on Theatre and The Art of Collaboration and The Playbill Broadway Yearbook. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Viagas, Robert
Limelight Editions
Walsh, Thomas
Walsh, Thommie
Lee, Baayork
Theater - History & Criticism
Hamlisch, Marvin
Theater - Broadway & Musical Revue
Drama-Musical Theater
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