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A Chorus Line (1975 Original Broadway Cast) [Cast Recording]

Marvin Hamlisch , Scott Allen , Renee Baughman , Carole Bishop , Wayne Cilento , Pamela Blair , Kay Cole , Nancy Lane , Priscilla Lopez , Donna McKechnie Audio CD
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listen  1. Opening: I Hope I Get ItA Chorus Line Ensemble 4:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. I Can Do ThatWayne Cilento 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. At The BalletCarole Bishop;Nancy Lane;Kay Cole 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Sing!Renee Baughman;Don Percassi 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Montage Part 1: Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello LoveCameron Mason;Baayork Lee 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Montage Part 2: MotherRon Kuhlman;Patricia Garland 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Montage Part 3: Gimme The BallMichel Stuart;Ronald Dennis 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. NothingPriscilla Lopez 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Dance: Ten; Looks: ThreePamela Blair 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Music And The MirrorDonna McKechnie 6:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. OneA Chorus Line Ensemble 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. What I Did For LovePriscilla Lopez;A Chorus Line Ensemble 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. One (Reprise) / FinaleA Chorus Line Ensemble 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Scott Allen, Renee Baughman, Carole Bishop, Wayne Cilento, Pamela Blair, et al.
  • Composer: Marvin Hamlisch
  • Audio CD (June 2, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: Sony Classical/Columbia/Legacy
  • ASIN: B000007OHY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One singular sensation indeed! This double-platinum classic remains one of the best-selling Broadway recordings of all time and returns here with unreleased music from the original session.

Michael Bennett's 1975 tale of Broadway's gypsies--the chorus dancers--resonated with audiences as few shows ever have, examining with both hilarity and heartbreak the grueling life of ordinary performers always auditioning for an opportunity to be members of a faceless chorus line. And along the way, it picked up the Pulitzer, the New York Drama Critics Award, and nine Tonys, and became the longest-running show in Broadway history. The original cast (eight of whom contributed their real-life memories to the show) included no major stars, but are unmatched on this cast recording of Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban's score, including Priscilla Lopez's poignant "Nothing," Donna McKechnie's yearning dance number "The Music and the Mirror," one of Broadway's most famous torch ballads in "What I Did for Love," and the ultimate high-kicking chorus number, "One." Fans of the show will welcome the 1998 remastered CD, which adds two and a half minutes to "Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love." While still incomplete, the montage now includes "Four-foot ten," "Little brat," and "The worst thing in school...." --David Horiuchi

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential ensemble Broadway musical March 31, 2002
Format:Audio CD
My actual and painful experience with theatrical auditions has been from both sides of stage and only once involved an actual musical. Still, I can relate to the desperation and urgency that propels the characters in "A Chorus Line" towards their respective fates. Yes, I might be rather sick and tired of hearing "One," not to mention "One (Reprise)-Finale," but for me the songs I can hear over and over again from this Broadway musical have always been the ensemble numbers: "I Hope I Get It," "At the Ballet" and "Hello Twelve, Hello Thirteen, Hello Love." Not even "What I Did for Love" compares with those tracks as far as I am concerned.

What makes this musical works is that while it is about an ensemble, it is an ensemble of clearly defined characters. Even the "cute" songs, such as "I Can Do That" and "Sing!", are clearly character driven. I have always liked audition sequences in films (the openings of "All That Jazz" and "Fame" immediately spring to mind), and those moments when a person and a part become joined. Here the moment becomes a mixture of celebratory elation and funereal disappointment. In other words, exactly what it is like when you want to be a Broadway hoofer.

There are very few musicals that are actually about musicals, and given how successful "A Chorus Line" has been, there is little need for someone to try and come up with something new on the off chance it might be better. In a small collection of Broadway musicals, this is a necessary album to own. I have been listening to it again because I just discovered that Carole Bishop, who played Sheila and won the Tony award for Featured Actress in a Musical (While Donna McKechnie won for Leading Actress in a Musical), is now professionally known as Kelly Bishop and plays Emily on "Gilmore Girls."
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Broadway At its Subtle Best! November 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
"A Chorus Line"-was to broadway, what Beatles were to music. What Michael Bennet conceived, created and directed was unheard of in broadway-is still today. The proof was evident, as the musical was the longest running ever (till recently until CATS took over). TO come to the music. It is music that comes from within. The fact, that none of the performers were established artists, resulted in a phenomenon that was driven more from the heart and soul than vocal prowess and theatrical experience. The result- an energy driven, yet soft and heartfelt soundtrack. From the Powerful opening bars it goes on to Mike's histrionics on "I Can Do That! " followed by perhaps one of the most beautiful tracks on the CD "At The Ballet" The innocence and stark nature of the lyrics rouses goose pimples. "Montage" is the highlight of this REmastered Version. It contains Connie's "Four foot Ten" (Although it leaves out Mark's account of mistaking his first Wet dream for gonorehhea), Judy little bit on her humourous account and Greg's Scandalous "I'd Get Hard! " orginally omitted on the original version. This leads to Cassie's "Music and the Mirror", as her obvious desperation and desire to dance again comes forth so obviously. And Val's "Dance Ten looks Three" as always brings a wide smirk to one's face as one relates to the ever so popular use of Silicon today. IT ends with probably the 2 best tracks on the CD-"What I did for Love" and "ONE"..the former capturing the vision that like love-it could never be lost completely and ONE-which sums up the entire musical..that ultimately that is what everyone strived to get.. A place in the chorus- backing a star when jobs were so difficult to come.. ALl in all--it truly is "ONE SINGULAR SENSATION"
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic score, a classic cast, a classic recording February 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"A Chorus Line" may not have been the greatest musical to ever hit Broadway, but listening to this wonderful original cast recording, it's easy to see why it struck enough of a chord with audiences to keep it running for 15 years. We don't get Michael Bennett's supposedly amazing staging, but what we do get is a great score by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban that rises above its charming, energetic but often dated 70s-pop orechstrations to create a mood of such energy, excitement and heartbreaking hope that you can't help but be drawn in to the stories of all these would-be Broadway dancers auditioning for a Broadway chorus. You also get the performances of a uniformly dead-on ensemble cast. There are no star performances here, as was intended, but each and every performer is a standout. What is often neglected is how well this score is constructed. It chronologically reflects the life of the average dancer through many different characters and viewpoints, starting with the first dance class ("I Can Do That-" an amusing song done well by Wayne Cilento) and explaining different reasons why a dancer may start to dance, whether it's to escape home life (the deeply poignaint "At the Ballet," beautifully and emotionally performed by Carole Bishop, Kay Cole and Bebe Lane) or because it's the one thing in show buisiness you're good at (The hilarious "Sing!", the one thing the character portrayed by Renee Baugham cannot do, and the serio-comic "Nothing," brilliantly sung by Priscilla Lopez, about being told you'll never make it as an actress). Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD. Originals are always the BEST
Great CD.Originals are always the BEST!!
Published 19 hours ago by nikolas margerrison
4.0 out of 5 stars but this is the best recording out there
I never heard of this musical before, but this is the best recording out there.
Published 1 month ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars great item like new condition
the item was just as described in perfect like new conditon
Published 2 months ago by David Epstein
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Show. Great Score. Great Recording. Okay CD. through all the reviews hoping to find someone who felt as I did, and found none, so I figured I'd write my own. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Christopher
5.0 out of 5 stars Chorus Line
Loved the original theatrical musical and the movie that followed. The CD features all the great songs from the play written by Marvin Hamlish.
Published 3 months ago by Gail Wolfberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't find the 1975 until I went to Amazon
Took a few minutes to order and before I knew it, we had the music.
Invited some friends over, we had some wine and thanks for a fantastic memory lane evening.
Published 4 months ago by Michael F. OlenickA
5.0 out of 5 stars One singular sensation!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One singular success absolutely wonderful :)
saw this on the stage the sound track takes me right back there love it
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like good music, this is for you!
I have always loved the music and this album did not disappoint me. The singing was perfect and the sound quality first class.
Published 7 months ago by Janice Seagraves
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from a great show
So many of the characters and numbers are relatable. And who doesn't have fun with the number "Dance 10, Looks 3"?
Published 15 months ago by David T. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars original cast is always the best
The show is a fun look at Broadway and becoming a dancer. "At the Ballet" is my favorite song in this show. :)
Published 16 months ago by Teacher
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