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#258208 A Chorus Line

Posted Elphie89 on 12 March 2013 - 01:11 PM

I saw both shows on Saturday, matinee sat in the third row of the stalls and evening show sat in the back row of the upper circle, so it was really cool to see the show from two totally different perspectives.
Sat at the front of the stalls you really connect with the emotions, I could literally see the tears in Victoria’s eyes as Diana sang ‘What I did for Love’. I love Cassie and Zach’s scenes, they felt even more powerful and intense sat so close. One of my favourite parts is Paul’s monologue and Gary’s performance is so beautiful, wanted to leap up and give Paul a hug! And the moment where Zach comforts him is so moving.
Then sat at the back of the upper circle got a better perspective of the dance formations and I was basically just in awe of everyone’s dancing! Harry Francis was great as Mike, his dozen or so pirouettes were so impressive!! And Scarlett dancing ‘The Music and the Mirror’ is mesmerising. The finale is awesome too, really using that huge stage to its full advantage, I love that John/Zach is in that final dance too, the talent on stage is amazing!

#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.