REVIEW: A Chorus Line – Baring The Soul Of Dance – City Hub Sydney

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This version of A chorus line, brilliantly directed and choreographed by Amy Cambell, has it all. Energy, enthusiasm, dedication, raw emotion. It’s full of show stops, tears, titillations – yes, there’s even a song about boobs – numbers. In fact, the line-up auditioning for a role in this chorus is matched by the line-up backstage who have already secured the job and given their roles everything they had to give.

From music director Damon Wade to lighting designer Peter Rubie, the show sizzled from the start. The lighting, in particular, both illuminated and reflected the dancers as they moved past the mirror revealing their souls with every step.

As for the casting put in place, who can say how difficult it would be to choose from such a set of talented dancers? It’s just as difficult to single out talent when writing a review as each of the dancers brought their own unique style and personality to the character they played. Angélique Cassimatis as Cassie, the dancer too good for a chorus line, certainly proved with her jaw-dropping solo, that she has what it takes. Others who stood out were, Ryan Ophel as Greg, with his wonderful singing voice and Tony Oxybel as Richie, whose acrobatic moves captivated the audience. So does Mariah Gonzalez, whose story and song with the lyrics “So I dug deep in my soul to see what I could find and felt nothing,” explains the struggle of all who try to be someone in this world.

The ending is something else again. Style, class, spice. A chorus line has it all with great disco lighting to boot.

Until March 6. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. $110 to $170 + breakfast Tickets and information:

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