I cannot get enough of this show right now, I will be seeing it as much as I can before and including closing night. It's a wonderful story and the cast are excellent. I too am a big fan of the covers! Lucy Jane Adcock was a sensational Cassie, she blew me away. Also have been lucky enough to see Georgie Ashford as Diana and Genevieve Nicole as Sheila (and Val and Judy!) and she's just a brilliant performer, so funny and engaging. Of the regular cast, I want to mention Daisy Maywood as Bebe, it's one of the lesser roles but I think she's one of the best people on that stage. And Gary Woods monologue as Paul brings tears to my eyes every time.
I need to stop falling in love with shows that the general public just don't get.
I've seen understudies for every character except Zach and Connie (and will be going back after John and Alex have left to see their understudies too) and I genuinely probably wouldn't know they didn't always play their characters if I hadn't seen it so many times! They're amazing; I don't know why they get so little credit for what they do. I once even saw Jon Tsouras play Greg in a matinee and Don in the evening, after Gary Watson was injured, and the switch was flawless.
I love Daisy Maywood too! Despite Bebe being one of the characters with a smaller part she was one of the first I connected with, and Daisy's voice is beautiful.
At A Chorus Line lst month I was sitting next to woman in the middle of the front row who took her shoes off and put her bare feet up on stage! It was distracting for me so I hate to think what it was like for the performers! Also at the same show back in April, a male celebrity was in the front row of the Royal Circle with a lady friend and he was being hassled so much by people sitting behind him that he got up and left during a quiet and emotional part of the show, so they didn't only ruin the show for him but also disrupted it for everyone sitting behind him, which was a fair few. The middle of a theatre, during a show, is not the place to try and get the attention of celebrities.
I have to say, too, that most of the bad behaviour I've witnessed in theatres is down to adults, despite going to a lot of shows filled with kids. I was sitting next to a little girl in a show during the Cats tour a few weeks ago and she was so well behaved; she was completely engrossed in the show and only moved when Macavity frightened her (so she went to sit on her mum's lap for a bit). If children are taught how to behave in theatres they will, no matter what age.
I've seen this show a fair few times and I'm gutted it's closing so early. The cast are all so, so talented (especially the understudies, who are the unsung heroes of this musical) and I feel A Chorus Line tells a story that people outside the business very rarely see. Not only that but its mix of raw emotion and incredible thrills always leaves me on a high when I leave the theatre. I'm going to miss it and definitely feel that anyone who hasn't seen it is sorely missing out.
Also really upsetting to hear there'll be no cast recording. This cast deserve to have some sort of momento of their fantastic, albeit fairly short, run. Anyone who hasn't already seen it - go now!! It's one of a kind and a must-see for all musical theatre fans.