“Who have you been with my son?”
Funny you should ask…
Growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, listening to original Broadway cast recordings, I somehow discovered A Chorus Line. It was dynamic and cool, and mysterious (“Give me somebody to dance for…”) and…..some stuff I didn’t understand (yet).
And then I saw the show on Broadway at the Shubert Theater and it flew by! Like the album on steroids.
So fast! And all the stories! Brilliant and raw and funny and, and, and, and somewhere up there, I saw…me.
Who would guess in a few years I’d be cast in the national tour company with the original Tony Award winner, Donna McKechnie? Directed by original cast member Baayork Lee?
The show became an enormously important part of my life. Not one performance went by that I didn’t look up to ‘the second balcony’ and thank the universe for the ‘chance to dance.’
Today is, incredibly, the 45th anniversary of the opening night of A Chorus Line on Broadway. What an incredible gift this show has been to me.
From ‘Mark’ to ‘Bobby’ to directing the show and passing on what I learned from Donna, Baayork, Kay Cole (original ‘Maggie’), and my dear wonderful Thommie Walsh, I say thank you.
p.s. If you know the show, you know the monologue I quote to begin this post 😉