A Chorus Line

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In Brief: I've never been a fan of musicals, and A Chorus Line provides about as good an explanation as I can give as to why. Favoring style over substance yet somehow achieving neither, Richard Attenborough's 1985 adaptation of one of the longest-running and most successful stage musicals of all time seems to have missed the appeal of the original story of struggling dancers trying to make it big on Broadway. Having stripped the source material of what made it interesting to those who enjoyed it — namely, the dancers and their perspective — and replaced the central conflict with a tepid love story focused on Michael Douglas' tyrannical producer, Attenborough made a rare misstep for such a talented director. However, if you're a devout fan of the musical genre, you may enjoy this one more than I did.  
Genre: Musical
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Michael Douglas, Terrence Mann, Alyson Reed, Cameron English, Vicki Frederick, Audrey Landers
Rated: PG-13

The Hendersonville Film Society will show A Chorus Line on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing Retirement Community, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville.


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