(Aileen Jacobson’s article appeared in The New York Times, 4/4; via Pam Green.)

“Everything was beautiful at the ballet” is one of the most recognizable song lyrics from “A Chorus Line.” A similar line, “Everything is beautiful at the theater,” could be the overall theme of the 1975 musical, which won nine Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize in 1976. For the characters in this show about show business, no matter the ups and often painful downs of auditioning, they are never sure they will get a job or, if they do, how long it will last.

That brave outlook, and many other issues that “A Chorus Line” tackles, have not changed much over the last 40 years, which helps to keep this paean to musical theater and a dancer’s life feeling fresh and contemporary.


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