Licensing Company: Concord Theatricals
A Chorus Line (HS Edition)
It's one singular sensation! The groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning concept musical set a new standard for Broadway and remains relevant, poignant, provocative and explosively entertaining. A Chorus Line examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.
A Chorus Line (HS Edition)
It’s one singular sensation! The groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning concept musical set a new standard for Broadway and remains relevant, poignant, provocative and explosively entertaining. A Chorus Line examines one day in the lives of seventeen dancers, all vying for a spot in the “chorus line” of a Broadway musical. A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.
This licensed orchestration is based on the 2006 Broadway Revival that has 3 keyboard parts but has been slightly modified for this edition.
This show is orchestrated to be stick conducted and has 3 separate keyboard books. Book 1 is the piano book and has most of the iconic licks that are so familiar. This part will require a fairly advanced player but contains no programming.
Keyboard 2 is easily playable by an advanced high school or college student and has around 80 total patch changes. Those sounds include the iconic Wah Wah Electric Guitar in the opening number, Fender Rhodes, Harpsichord, Harp, Strings, Banjo, Celeste, and Organ to name a few.
Keyboard 3 has most of the string sounds that were cut from the original orchestration and has around 60 total patch changes. Other instruments and sounds include B3 Organ, Fender Rhodes, Harpsichord, Organ, Synth Bass, and Tuba.
ORIGINAL KEYBOARD PROGRAMMER
Synthesizer Programmer: Bruce Samuels
ORIGINAL MUSIC TEAM
Music by: Marvin Hamlisch
Book by: James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante
Lyrics by: Edward Kleban
Music orchestrated by: Bill Byers, Hershy Kay, and Jonathan Tunick
Musical Director: Donald Pippin
Vocal arrangements by: Donald Pippin
Musical Supervisor: Patrick Vaccariello
Conducted by: Patrick Vaccariello
Associate Conductor: Jim Laev
Keyboard 1: Greg Anthony
Keyboard 2: Jim Laev
Keyboard 3: Maggie Torre
Reed 1 (Saxophone/Woodwinds): Ted Nash
Reed 2 (Saxophone/Woodwinds): Lino Gomez
Reed 3 (Tenor sax/Oboe/English horn/Clarinet): David Young
Reed 4 (Saxophone/Woodwinds): Jacqueline Henderson
Trumpet 1/Flugelhorn: John Chudoba
Trumpet 2/Flugelhorn: Trevor Neumann
Trumpet 3/Flugelhorn: Scott Wendholt
Trombone 1: Michael Seltze
Trombone 2: Ben Herrington
Bass Trombone: Jack Schatz
Acoustic & electric bass: Bill Sloat
Percussion/Mallets/Latin/Timpani: Dan McMillan
Drums: Brian Brake
Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller
Music Copying: Emily Grishman Music Preparation
A Chorus Line is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. A brilliantly complex fusion of song, dance, and compellingly authentic drama, A Chorus Line was instantly recognized as a classic. Exploring the inner lives and bittersweet 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.”
After the first round of cuts, Zach, the director and choreographer, asks each dancer to speak about themselves. Discomfort opens into revelation, confession leads to redemption, and within the bright, outwardly homogenous chorus, the audience begins to see each dancer’s individuality. From Cassie, the star who just needs the “music and the mirror and the chance to dance,” to Val, a small-town girl with a brand-new big-town body, to Mike, who took his sister’s place in dance class, saying “I can do that.” Based on real Broadway dancers’ stories, as told to fellow dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett, A Chorus Line is funny, heartbreaking, and refreshingly honest.