In New York: Casting About for a Chorus

"I really need this job. I've got to get this show."

—From A Chorus Line

By 9 a.m., when the auditions start, there are hundreds of people standing in the drizzle outside Broadway's Royale Theater. By midday, as the skies clear, the line has grown to perhaps 1,000. They wait for hours for the chance to spend, in most cases, scant minutes standing onstage before being rejected and hastened out the door. A few are on a lark, and some may be on a mystical private trip: one young woman wears a lifelike head-to-toe...

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