“A Chorus Line” at The Muny is simple, beautiful, powerful

On the show’s opening night, The Muny’s seats were packed for good reason. Since its Broadway opening in 1975, A Chorus Line has often been called “the best musical ever.”

There are some shows that, when you leave the theater, you feel as if you’re still in the space of the story. As you walk to your car, the songs linger in your head. You can’t stop thinking about the characters: what becomes of them after the curtain closes? You want to tell everyone about the show. Productions with this kind of staying power are rare. Luckily for St. Louisans, we have the chance to see precisely this kind of show at The Muny this week. Their production of A Chorus Line is heartwarming, heartbreaking, powerful, innovative—I could go on—and playing in Forest Park until August 4th.

On the show’s opening night, The Muny’s seats were packed for good reason. Since its Broadway opening in 1975, A Chorus Line has often been called “the best musical ever.” If you’re not familiar with the show, on first watch that title might surprise you. A Chorus Line doesn’t have one star—it has 17. Seventeen dancers auditioning for a spot in a Broadway musical, to be exact. And yes, there are breathtaking dance numbers and incredibly impressive vocal stylings throughout the show but don’t expect over-the-top musical theater grandeur. A Chorus Line is simple, and therein lies its beauty.

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