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#259709 A Chorus Line

Posted Mothers Younger Brother on 24 March 2013 - 12:13 AM

It's been a month since I got to see the show and I am still raving about it to all of my friends.  One piece of theatre I will never forget.

#257117 A Chorus Line

Posted armadillo on 04 March 2013 - 08:09 AM

View Postwickedgrin, on 04 March 2013 - 12:29 AM, said:

Ridiculous! I dont believe they are all on a rota! They auditioned to be cast in A Chorus Line and the paying public have a right at up to £60 a ticket to see that cast (barring illness). I will still maintain that they are ALL contracted to do 8 shows a week like the rest of us are contracted to do 40 hours per week! I am sick to death of all these "professionals" or their fans saying " oooh it's so demanding"- if you can't do it - there are plenty of people who can and do!
Do you not have paid holiday in your job then? I should get onto your union pronto if that's the case.

#256896 A Chorus Line

Posted stargirl90 on 03 March 2013 - 12:55 AM

I can't see any issue with John doing the lottery, obviously some arrangement has been agreed to by both parties. I'm fairly certain he's the most infrequent lottery presenter out of the current rotation. Missing one show every 4/5 weeks really isn't a big deal, and this is the first show he's missed since the beginning - he's worked through a broken toe and a hamstring injury so far, and possibly other things as well!  He's an extremely hard worker, I know for a fact he never missed a show in his last 2 years of panto (very impressive, considering that in 2011 he did a 90+ show run, including some 3-show days). I don't blame him for wanting to continue with his lottery duties, and I'm glad for him that he's been allowed to do that!

#256892 A Chorus Line

Posted lucyrara on 02 March 2013 - 11:53 PM

He was dancing with a broken toe for the first week and has sustained numerous other injuries but hasn't missed one show until tonight, unlike other members of the cast.

#256888 A Chorus Line

Posted lucyrara on 02 March 2013 - 11:43 PM

John Partridge renewed his contract with the BBC to present the lottery before he knew he'd got ACL so he's just fulfilling his work commitments. It's not every week, it just means missing a Saturday evening performance once every 4/5 weeks. It probably gives him the chance to recharge his batteries too. It's not like it's every week so I don't really see the problem. The BBC want him to continue with the lottery and Bob and Baayork want him to do ACL so they've done a compromise which works best for all concerned.

#254865 A Chorus Line

Posted mallardo on 15 February 2013 - 11:01 PM

Is A Chorus Line the greatest musical ever?  Yes.  Is this a great production of it?  Close.

It looks to me like a carbon copy of the most recent Broadway revival, not surprising, and it all works like the well-oiled machine it is.  Of interest, at a Friday night preview - Scarlett Strallen was out.  Her understudy, Genevieve Nicole, filled in capably in a somewhat tentative Music and the Mirror but she was dynamite in the dramatic scenes with Zach.   Sparks flew, as they say.

Other notes;

Maggie (Vicki Lee Taylor) landed her money note big time in At The Ballet, a genuine high belt.

Sheila (Leigh Zimmerman) was everything the role requires and got the most applause at the Finale.

Diana (Victoria Hamilton-Barritt) was superb in both her songs.  What a voice and what an actress!

Paul (Gary Wood) was just okay in his monologue.  But he'll grow into it.

Kristine (Frances Dee) and Al (Simon Hardwick) made a terrific team in Sing.  Could not have been better.

Connie (Alexzandra Sarmiento) and Richie (James T. Lane) were little balls of energy.  Loved them both.

Val (Rebecca Herszenhorn) had great attitude but not enough voice.

Zach (John Partridge) was excellent in all ways.

Oh, and the orchestra sounded sensational.

#254734 A Chorus Line

Posted CC. on 14 February 2013 - 07:24 PM


I haven't seen A Chorus Line yet, however, I do have tickets for next week with a bunch of friends! I'm looking forward to the show as some of them have already seen it and have been raving about how good it is! I've heard good things, and I've seen some promotion interviews (mainly with John Partridge - who seems very passionate, charismatic and excited about that show). I have high hopes for the show, and I can not wait until I finally get to see it for myself! Fingers crossed :)

#254735 A Chorus Line

Posted JennLaFleur on 14 February 2013 - 07:24 PM

I'm really looking forward to seeing this show! I have a ticket in the stalls for Press Night on the 19th. I've heard a lot of really great things about it, mostly first hand from my friends in England (I'm from Northern Ireland), and although I'm trying not to spoil it too much for myself, I've been watching the little clips and interviews on the news channels and it's been making me more excited! :) I've not seen any other versions, and not too familiar with the story, so I'll be coming into it with fresh eyes :P

As for Johnny Partridge, I think it's great he's involved so much in the dancing etc - would be a bit of a waste of his talents otherwise! If he has it, why the hell not use it if they can? :D

#254753 A Chorus Line

Posted Elphie89 on 14 February 2013 - 08:21 PM

I’ve been fortunate to see A Chorus Line already and I absolutely love it. Having never seen the show before and only knowing a few of the songs I was not sure what to expect but I enjoyed every second of it. I’ve seen a lot of West End shows and the energy and talent of the cast I would say is unsurpassed. Such is the show that each performer has to be a triple threat with acting, singing and dancing and the entire cast are amazing.
The standout performances for me include John Partridge as Zach; he has unique star quality and stage presence. His acting is fantastic and he moves from Zach in the strong, tough director mode to the caring, emotionally complex human Zach effortlessly and wonderfully. I love that he is involved in several of the dance numbers as his dancing is phenomenal.
Scarlett Strallen as Cassie is also fantastic, her solo dance is a beauty to behold, all at once strong and sensual whilst maintaining the fragility and emotion of Cassie in that moment; beautiful. Leigh Zimmerman as Sheila has the audience in the palm of her hand and delivers some of the best and funniest one-liners with aplomb. Victoria Hamilton-Barritt also gives stunning renditions of ‘Nothing’ and ‘What I did for Love’. I also adore Gary Wood’s portrayal of Paul; his monologue describing his childhood and youth is performed beautifully, retrained yet emotional, I was totally captivated by his performance.
I was lucky enough to see Marvin Hamlisch perform with Idina Menzel in 2011, a wonderfully charismatic and talented man, this new revival of A Chorus line with his gorgeous score is a credit to his memory. I cannot wait to see the show again.