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#281 pepem

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:57 PM

Am reading a great book called On the Line. It's about the putting together of the original production.  Found it on Amazon.  Some great nuggets.  For instance i didnt know that the original Cassie Donna McKechnie and Michael Bennett the director/choreographer ended up getting married!  Also until just a few days before opening night, the 8 dancers chosen at the end of the show changed every night.  That would have been kinda fun.

#282 mallardo

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:28 PM

Originally Cassie was not among the chosen - and the show, by all reports, left audiences disappointed.  Only when Michael Bennett was pursuaded to change his mind on this did the final piece fall into place.
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

Saw the show on Saturday.  Only knew the rough premise of the story and a couple of songs beforehand so wasn't sure what to expect.  Overall i enjoyed it, without being blown away.  Thought the show dragged a little in the middle, but then picked up again.  A good ensemble piece, and think this will be more evident as the run continues.  I'm glad I saw it, but not one I'd go back to.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 01:39 PM

It amazes me that they have chosen such a huge venue for this....and already heavily discounted...I think it will start to struggle very quickly and the choice of theatre is a major downfall...

#285 wickedgrin

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:53 PM

I agree Parsly but the show needs a big procenium stage to house the line of dancers - you could hardly have them doubled up or the show would have to be called Chorus Lines - lol.

The Palladium has a 47' procenium width and the line of dancers fills the full width of the stage. Only Drury Lane I think has this width in London.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 04:42 PM

Yeah, I saw an interview with one of the creatives, saying there was only 3 or so houses in London they considerer to have a big enough stage for A Chorus Line to work.

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:12 PM

View PostFireFingers, on 18 February 2013 - 04:42 PM, said:

Yeah, I saw an interview with one of the creatives, saying there was only 3 or so houses in London they considerer to have a big enough stage for A Chorus Line to work.

Wonder what the other theatre was aside from Drury Lane and Palladium?

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

Lyceum or The Coliseum

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:32 PM

Dominion?

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Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:27 PM

The Dominion I do not think has a wide stage as it was a cinema before it became a theatre.




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