Insightful, energising, engaging.
I loved it. Has made me want to see the original show again. Seeing how A Chorus Line came into being was great and following new prospective cast members with original production people involved was wonderful.
A Fascinating look behind the scenes of auditions for a broadway show. If you liked "A Chorus Line" you'll love this!
I loved this documentary. I first saw it at the 2009 Sydney Film Festival, then went to see it again when it got a cinema release a couple of months later. Both times I was left uplifted and smiling from ear to ear.
As a kid I loved watching an old VHS recording of the movie-version of A Chorus Line (with Michael Douglas, directed by Sir Richard Attenborough), but I've never seen the stage version (which afficionados say is much better than the movie).
I was fascinated to learn about how the musical was originally devised - it was one of the first shows created via workshops. During long, recorded group discussions, cast members told personal stories that were then woven into the story and lyrics for the show. It's amazing hearing the tapes of these original, late night confessional interviews.
Also, I'm a sucker for audition stories. I always find them fascinating. The tension and drama as people throw themselves into their performances always entertains me. One of the auditionees is Tyce Diorio who has since become famous as a choreographer on US So You Think You Can Dance.
I have to disagree with Elaine's review - having seen the film twice, what Elaine says about the audio doesn't really make sense. Sounds like Elaine might have been watching with the commentary turned on by accident...
In theory it seems like a very interesting concept which falls a little flat when watching for pleasure. Interesting concept which is executed well enough (not great but I didnt run away screaming) to be pleasurable if your in the mood for a documentary which sadly I was not.
Very disappointing. The features uses interviews with key production members, yet instead of hearing the voices of interviewees, we hear the constant commentary and chatter of off-camera people. The moments when the dialogue and the screen images coincide are great, but unfortunately there's not enough of this to satisfy the viewer.
Loved this! the behind the scenes look at a show, not everyone's taste, but as I enjoy writing, have dappled in screen plays, I really learned a lot from this inside view.