Wednesday, January 12, 2005

No, No Not Again - "A Chorus Line" Returns To Broadway 

It seems Broadway no longer has an original bone in its body. Now every show has to be based upon material created in another medium. The list includes productions such as Disney's "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast" to those centered around musicians such as "Movin' Out" (Billy Joel), "Good Vibrations" (the Beach Boys), and "Momma Mia" (Abba). In the works is one based upon the life of John Lennon. It is a wonder that "The Producers" and of course "Urinetown" (the best show of all time) ever made it to the stage.

Now comes the depressing word that "A Chorus Line" is coming back. Please. Someone has to be writing original interesting meaningful stuff out there. Here is "the question" posed in an article by Jesse McKinley in today's New York Times:

Two months after opening downtown the show jumped to Broadway, where it won nine Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. It ran for a record 6,137 performances. ("Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera" later surpassed it.)

The length of its original run may raise questions about who is left to see it and how many will pay to see it again.

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