A Chorus Line - High School Edition is a full-length version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, adapted for performance by students with family audiences. Every aspect of the show has been developed specifically for young performers: dialogue and content are age-appropriate, dance sequences are of a length befitting young dancers, and allowances are made to feature actors of any race or ethnicity. The materials have been prepared - with the authors' approval - to help your school or organisation mount the best possible production and to give your students an exciting and rewarding experience.
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A Chorus Line is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway performers, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include "What I Did for Love," "One," "I Can Do That," "At the Ballet," "The Music and the Mirror," and "I Hope I Get It." A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, the show was instantly recognised as a classic.
Though it remains a full-length musical, A Chorus Line - High School Edition differs from the original version in several ways. Here are some examples of the changes:
- The character of "Larry" is now "Lori," allowing for an additional female principal role.
- The open call portion of the audition ("I Hope I Get It") requires fewer boys.
- No references to smoking or suicide.
- "Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love" no longer contains any explicit sexual content.
- "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three" now features the refrain "This and That," and does not explicitly reference the character's anatomy.
- The dance sequence in "The Music and the Mirror" is shortened.
- The first version of "One," in which the actors learn the combination, is simplified.
- No "R-rated" profanity.
- The tap sequence is significantly shorter.
- Paul's monologue is slightly reduced in length.
- Alternate dialogue is provided for more flexible casting of Connie, Richie and Judy, who can be played by actors of any race or height.