Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
You’ve seen the process of creating theatre in fictional and documentary films, but this is a rare experience, one that concentrates solely on the audition process. It follows a group of hopefuls as they prepare and give their all to tryouts for the Broadway revival of Michael Bennett and Marvin Hamlisch’s box-office smash hit A Chorus Line. In between scenes of auditions and interviews with the young dancers, it cuts to footage of the original production from 1975, interviews with the original cast members and, most wonderfully, taped recordings from the late-night interview session with 26 dancers that inspired the show in the first place. Non-fans of the musical will still have a good time watching this energetic, emotionally stirring piece: it doesn’t mire itself down in endless songs, but focuses on the dedication and energy that brought A Chorus Line about in the first place, and then brings it back in its full glory. The youngsters whose happiness rides on being called back and cast are all sympathetic, and the look into the cutthroat competition of the musical theatre world in New York is fascinating.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2008