Kym is an Aussie sheila who came to the UK, set down her swag, and stayed. Check out her everyday moments at www.giddayfromtheuk.blogspot.com
A Singular Sensation
There's nothing like a show tune to lift your spirits on a grey and drizzly Friday and after last night, I can recommend just the ticket.
More than 35 years after its original London premiere, A Chorus Line has returned. It's settled into its showbiz digs at The Palladium and after a smashing opening this week, looks set to stay a while.
A Chorus Line opened on Broadway in May 1975 and closed in April 1990, making it the longest running Broadway musical until it was superseded by CATS in 1997. Based on the book by James Kirkwood Jnr, it takes place on an empty stage during auditions for the chorus line of a new production.
The characters are said to be based on true stories and the tales range from the tragic to the titillating, the comic to the poignant and back again as these hopeful hoofers lay their fears, hopes and dreams onto the stage. Each character has their 'moment' and amidst the musical mayhem, they tap, nod and sashay through their paces under the watchful eye of director Zach (played brilliantly by John Partridge who you may have seen recently as Christian in East Enders).
Perky Val and her saucy serenade to showbiz success 'Dance 10 Looks 3' and the world weary cynicism of '30-year-old' Sheila both capture the spectrum of the dancers' insecurities perfectly while Cassie's pleas for a second chance are underscored by the increasingly probing questions fired from the back of the darkened auditorium - what indeed would happen if you couldn't dance?
The story ends with the choosing of the final eight, the stage darkening over their exclamations of joy and relief before coming to life again for the ultimate show tune 'One'. The cast glitter and sparkle and I defy anyone not to give in to a little foot-tapping in their seat...or a little humming on the way home for that matter.
A Chorus Line is a wonderful return to London's musical theatre landscape and is billed as 'for a limited season only' although who knows what will happen. But I'd definitely recommend you get yourself some tickets and head on down to the London Palladium for some high drama, high glamour and high kicks.
A word of warning though - it's a little over 2 hours long and there is no intermission so remember to take care of 'the essentials' before you go in. Because once it starts, you won't want to miss a single sensation.