BWW Reviews: Eagle Theater's A CHORUS LINE is One Singular Sensation

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The Eagle Theater in Hammonton NJ opens its 2013 Season with a refreshing, good-as-it gets production of A Chorus Line.

Most audience members know exactly what they're going to get: a heart-wrenching, brutally honest portrayal of competing chorus dancers vying for thankless parts in the ensemble of a splashy musical.

Director Ed Santiago and Assistant Director Joe Marrella have brought out all the passion of each dancer's individuality, making each a loving, well-defined portrait of a human being with all the hopes and dreams, problems and shames that everyone has but nobody ever sees.

BWW Reviews: Eagle Theater's A CHORUS LINE is One Singular Sensation

A Chorus Line stands unadorned by flashy sets, costumes or special effects, relying on the power of story, music and movement. Dance moves are orchestrated by Broadway and International performer and choreographer Renee Chambers-Liciaga whose career spans over 30 years. Renee shares her philosophy; "the first bit of advice I share with my dancers is that they have passion and the 3 D's-determination devotion and discipline. The best advice I can give is to be you, do you and don't put a time or age limit on your dream and most importantly be adaptable, teachable and ready for anything at a moments notice".

A Chorus Line opened on Broadway in 1975 to widespread critical acclaim, and went on to become one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history. Dancers' stories, dreams, and aspirations are told through such powerful and passionate songs such as "I Hope I Get It", "What I Did for Love, "At the Ballet" and "The Music and the Mirror".

BWW Reviews: Eagle Theater's A CHORUS LINE is One Singular Sensation

The Eagle cast pulls you in with their personal stories and dazzles you with their moves. The spotlight shines on performers who earned their solos in the spotlight, including Kelly Boeckle as Diana, who belts with feeling for the ironically titled "Nothing" and who leads the company in "What I Did for Love." Former Miss New Jersey Erica Scanlon Harr is the show-stopping Cassie, singing and dancing her heart out for a chance to be on the line and perhaps reconnect with her former live-in love, the show's director Zach played by Greg Harr. It's not hard to pick up the chemistry between this real life husband and wife team!

Lauren Kerstetter, who as jaded veteran Sheila provided some laughs with her deceptively disdainful delivery, joined with Jessica Lynn Evans the soaring big-voiced Maggie in "At the Ballet," a song that zeros in on the lasting effects of distant fathers and out-of-touch mothers. Cory Wade Hindorff's (Paul) monologue on sexual identity and isolation breaks hearts with his tale of growing up gay in the 1970's which ends with the discovery about his parents' unconditional love.

BWW Reviews: Eagle Theater's A CHORUS LINE is One Singular Sensation

Standout dancers Franklin Anthony and Anthony Mauriello as Richie and Mike also soar as this production is faithful to the original vision of director/conceiver/ choreographer Michael Bennett. All the movement is performed with great precision, as well as purposely highlighting the imperfections of the less experienced dancers. Adding to the compelling company is the effective use of lighting by Chris Miller and Brielle Martone. The production is based on the book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante; Music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Edward Kleban.

A Chorus Line will run at the Eagle Theatre 208 Vine Street in Hammonton, NJ with selected dates through Feb. 9. For tickets and more information call (609) 704-5012. Or visit www.TheEagleTheatre.com

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Pati Buehler Pati has been involved with various aspects of the theater from hosting large groups to Broadway shows in the early 90's to supporting various Broadway artists for charities such as the "Make A Wish Foundation", The Leukemia Society, and Gilda's Club, programs supporting fighting ovarian cancer. New York's Jane Ellisa's Shining Star Award for the Leukemia Society. In 2001, she began writing for various theater-based web sites from www.talkinbroadway.com, www.broadwayworld.com, and www.philly2philly.com.

Her passion is Arts and Education and Fundraising for Non Profit Organizations. In 2002 she teamed up with Broadway star Craig Schulman (Les Miserables/Phantom/Jekyll & Hyde) to put together a traveling Broadway in your school Workshop/Master Class program that has thrilled young artists and theater groups across the country.

She began producing live concert events as PB Entertainment in 2003 at various venues. From 2004-2006 she produced two seasons of professional events for Eastern High School Performing Arts Center, Voorhees, NJ including Neil Berg's "100 Years of Broadway", two Rockin' Oldies events, a Broadway cast Jazz Show and the Southern New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Australian world class violinist Martin Lass and more. In 2013 Pati produced “Broadway Sings For Newtown” bringing 6 Broadway artists together to perform for the Newtown Conn. Community to benefit the “Healing Arts Foundation” and honoring all the families involved in the Sandy Hook School tragedy.

Venue Affiliations: Theater Reviews: Forrest Theater, Merriam Theater, Walnut Street Theater, The Academy of Music, The Kimmel Center, Peter Nero & the Philly Pops, Media Theater, Lenape Regional PAC, The Arden Theater, The Prince Music Theater, The Paper Mill Playhouse, The Bristol Riverside Theater, Commerce Bank Arts Center, Surflight Theater, Society Hill Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Company and more.

Events Producer: Ritz Theater Company, Ocean City Music Pier, Collingswood Foundation For the Arts , Stafford Township Performing Arts Center, Mainstage Center for the Performing Arts , Eastern Center For the Performing Arts, Newtown Conn. Arts Festival.

Pati owns and manages PB Entertainment LLC. www.pbentertainment.com and is a director for a private fundraising company Fundagroup. www.fundagroup.com


 
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