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Michael Bennett's 1975 valentine to "gypsies," the dancers who are often treated as so much mobile scenery in Broadway musicals, is sometimes considered to have broken new ground with its frank portraits of talented but frustrated performers. The score by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban is a favorite of "theater people" everywhere, but was designed to showcase the abilities of dancers rather than singers. Consequently, only the ballad "What I Did for Love" has had a life outside of the show's context. This reissue of the original Broadway cast recording of A Chorus Line contained the previously unreleased "Montage, Pt. 1: Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love," plus extensive liner notes featuring memorabilia, cast listings, and previously unpublished photos.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
wow! Feb. 7 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am your typical teenage dancer but the show A Chorus Line changed that. when I decided to buy the cd for my dance studio I wasnt sure whether to buy the original or the movie version.I bought the both, and thats when I realized,vintage is in! Go with the original for sure!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A classic! May 20 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A CHORUS LINE is a classic staple of musical theater, having won tons of Tony Awards and was the longest running musical on Broadway of all time until CATS put an end to their record. The story takes place in a theater... simple enough, and it all takes place in one day in which a director named Zack must choose four men and four women to be in the chorus of a musical he's going to direct on Broadway. In the end, the eight are chosen and the rest are heart broken.
There are so many legendary songs in this show, I'd have to list the entire soundrack to name them all. Everyone has their personal favorites. WHAT I DID FOR LOVE, ONE (singular sensation) and NOTHING are probably the most popular.
If you ever want to be able to talk inteligably about musical theater, this soundtrack is a must have classic.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One Of The Greats! April 25 2008
By Tom George - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The original ACL was astonishing in every way. The OBC recording does justice to this masterpiece, capturing all the flavor of the production. Alas, the amazing dancing (especially by Donna McKechnie) can't be seen, but you get the majority of the score and it's wonderful. This is a MUST HAVE for every theater fan/collector/performer.
Forget about the abomination of a movie..totally and completely misses the point, it's just awful!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thrilled to have a Chorus Line on CD! Oct. 2 2013
By Tenletter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Reliving the original cast of Chorus Line as I drive or sit in traffic is like bringing the original cast into my car! I still have my vinyl but had missed listening to the songs when I'm not at home. This musical is a classic and I'm very happy with my Amazon purchase of this CD.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
the brilliant music of A Chorus Line ~~ BRAVO AND REST IN PEACE, MARVIN HAMLISCH !!! Aug. 7 2012
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Marvin Hamlisch, (June 2, 1944--August 7, 2012) is gone; I will always remember him with admiration and fondness. "At the age of 7, Hamlisch was the youngest student ever accepted at the acclaimed Juilliard School of Music...he is one of only 11 people to have been awarded Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, and a Tony. He is also one of only 2 people to have won those 4 prizes and also a Pulitzer Prize (the other is Richard Rodgers). Hamlisch also won 2 Golden Globes."

Indeed, the awards were many. "He composed the score for the 1975 Broadway musical `A Chorus Line,' for which he won both a Tony Award and a Pulitzer Prize." Every song here has beautiful, memorably written music; and that's grand.

A Chorus Line had no big name celebrities to brighten up the stage, no elaborate sets, and a comparatively thin plot to connect the outstanding musical numbers. However, A Chorus Line shined brightly because it highlighted the lives of the people who are in the chorus line of a Broadway musical. By focusing on people who normally don't make the leap into stardom, the show paradoxically gained remarkable strength and popularity. "A Chorus Line" ran for 15 years; and there is no doubt that Marvin Hamlisch's score is a big reason why.

The CD begins with the track entitled "Opening: I Hope I Get It." Too many actors and actresses have arrived to compete for jobs in a Broadway chorus line. Zach, the man who must choose the people who make the final cut, stuns the actors by requesting them to talk about themselves. This provides the premise for the rest of the music of the show. One by one the actors open up and share their life stories in song; and the music by Marvin Hamlisch enhances their songs greatly.

Several memorable stories told in song by the actors include "I Can Do That" in which Mike, performed by Wayne Cilento, tells about how he swiped his sister's dance shoes to race to a dance rehearsal; the beautiful ballad about escaping the heartache of real life at the theater entitled "At The Ballet" performed by Carole Bishop, Nancy Lane and Kay Cole; "Montage, Part 3: Gimme The Ball" performed by Michel Stuart and Ronald Dennis as Greg and Richie respectively; and "Dance: Ten; Looks Three" performed by Pamela Blair in the role of Val.

Other numbers deserve very special mention. "What I Did for Love" is delivered flawlessly by Priscilla Lopez and company; Priscilla's character Diana Morales sings of how she would have no regrets if she could never dance again. Priscilla Lopez also performs the memorable balled "Nothing" about how she simply did not profit from a course she took with an acting professor.

The finale, a reprise of the smash number "One," features the cast singing together as polished professionals instead of the somewhat clumsy chorus line hopefuls they were before.

A Chorus Line paints a sophisticated portrayal of the real lives of struggling actors and actresses. The catchy melodies by Marvin Hamlisch will delight you; the lyrics by Edward Kleban display forethought and sensitivity, too.

I highly recommend this CD for fans of the theater and for people who love the outstanding music of Marvin Hamlisch. People who enjoy convincing exposés of the real lives of struggling actors will also enjoy this CD.