Cinema: The Show Must Go Under A CHORUS LINE

A CHORUS LINE Directed by Richard Attenborough

Who can read a mogul's mind? Somebody saw this most theatrical of Broadway musicals--one that exists uniquely on a stage, with no sets and only one glitzy production number--and decided it could make a hit movie without what is known in Hollywood as a radical rethink. Somebody figured that the sad, frayed lives of show-biz gypsies (always described, never shown) would strike a responsive chord in today's party-time teens. Somebody counted the Oscars and box-office grosses of Gandhi and determined that a British director in his 60s would be just the man to bring this musical Manhattan psychodrama to the screen....

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