Here’s the answer: A Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch that centered on dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line. The original Broadway production ran for 6,137 performances, becoming then the longest-running production in Broadway history.
(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "D" is for "Dan")
Here’s this week’s Berownial quiz question. I wrote the following scenelet, thinking it might remind you of a well-known musical. Name the musical.
“Dan – you’re here? I thought you had a job.”
“‘Had’ is right; past tense. I haven’t worked for weeks. I heard a job was available here so I thought I’d better show up.”
“It’s not just a job. There are eight spots open, so that explains the crowd.”
“Right. I never saw so many people for a job interview. The line extends out onto the sidewalk.”
“Well, if they’re looking for eight folks, that means I may have a chance. I really need this job.”
“Tell me about it. I haven’t paid my rent for a couple of months. You know Len Crain? He’s the rogue doing the hiring.”
“Crain? Oh god, now I know I’m not gonna make it.”
“Why? You had problems with him in the past?”
“Yeah. I ran into him a few times. He just don’t like the way I look, or something. I don’t know what he expects. Should I come on real strong, accelerate and show I’m a takeover guy, real capable, or should I play it like more passive, more submissive – yes, Mr. Crain, you’re right, Mr. Crain.”
“I don’t know what to recommend. I just hope the two of us don’t wind up in competition for the same spot.”
“Well, with eight jobs available, we’ve both got a shot.”
“Tell me, you ever consider getting out of this rat race, going into some other line of work?”
“Ha. I’ve been in quite a few other lines of work. From Burger King to Wendy’s. No, seriously, this is what I should be doing. I remember way back when I was five or so I saw this on tv and before I even knew for sure what it was I said – I can do that!”