Magazine article The Nation

A Chorus Line; the Movie

Magazine article The Nation

A Chorus Line; the Movie

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What ever happened to all those nice kids from New York City's High School of the Performing Arts who vowed to live forever in Fame? Well they've all been auditioning for a chorus line in A Chorus Line: The Movie, and you can see the results in Richard Attenborough's film of the longest-running musical in the history of the universe. Almost as many people tried to make A Chrous Line as saw it, but to say that Attenborough succeeded where the others failed is to assign much more credit than is due.

There must have been a radical shift of theatrical linguistics in the past few decades, because the vocabulary of the musical just doesn't make sense to audiences anymore. Broadway is virtually bereft of the form, and those few attempts at revival have been egregious failures. Hollywood hasn't translated a major musical successfully since Cabaret fifteen years ago, and even that was an exception in its time. …

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