Theater: A Chorus Line – Hollywood Bowl

Opened: July 29, 2016

Book by: James Kirkwood Jr. & Nicholas Dante

Music by: Marvin Hamlisch

Lyrics by: Edward Kleban

Hollywood Bowl Cast: Sabrina Bryan, Robbie Fairchild, Spencer Liff, Mario Lopez, Ross Lynch, Sarah Bowden, Mara Davi, Courtney Lopez, J. Elaine Marcos, Krysta Rodriguez, Jason Tam, Leigh Zimmerman, Cornelius Jones Jr., Denis Lambert, Ian Liberto, Tiana Okoye, Michael Starr, Justin Michael Wilcox & Kelsey Walston

With the Hollywood Bowl being a perfect venue for the minimalist set of A Chorus Line, the show succeeds in staging and some performances, but some moments fail to grasp attention.

Zach (Mario Lopez) auditions theater performances to make up the ensemble of an upcoming show. He asks them a series of questions that help reveal their inner selves.

Reprising his role from the 2006 Broadway revival, Jason Tam will bring you to tears with Paul’s monologue. The best vocals come from Mara Davi – also from the 2006 revival – who hits a beautiful high note in “At the Ballet” and Broadway veteran Krysta Rodriguez, who impresses on multiple songs. However, Sabrina Bryan gives it her all but is too cutesy when it comes to Val’s sexual side.

Final say: Dance – ten; Looks – seven. ★★★★☆

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