A Chorus Line, which premiered in 1975, had the distinction of being the longest-running Broadway show until a 1983 show called Cats swiped the record away. A Chorus Line is still one of the most beloved musicals of all time, however, even resulting in a relatively well-done movie version in 1985. Nothing much occurs during the course of A Chorus Line story-wise, except the audiences come to care for a line of prospective dancers who are auditioning for a place in the chorus line of a new musical, and only eight can be chosen. Many of the songs are not very well-known, but A Chorus Line is a showcase more for dancers than vocalists. The original German cast recording is a fine showing, but the original Broadway cast and the film soundtrack are both stronger, with more familiar renditions of the songs for those who are fans of the show.
AllMusic Review by Sarah Erlewine
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