“Now comes your part. Join in with your own beloved song because the lyrics are poetry to your soul. BYOM and remember: It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Don’t Send That PING! Music is the Medicine in my Soul and I hope yours is as healing and nurturing as mine!”
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I fell in love with “What I Did For Love” with the first cast recording of A Chorus Line in 1975. It grabbed my heart the first time I heard it and it has never let go.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with A Chorus Line, it’s a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante. Centered on seventeen Broadway dancers auditioning for spots on a chorus line, the musical is set on the bare stage of a Broadway theater during an audition for a musical. A Chorus Line provides a glimpse into the personalities of the performers and the choreographer as they describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.
Following several workshops and an Off-Broadway production, A Chorus Line opened at the Shubert Theater on Broadway July 25, 1975, directed and choreographed by Michael Bennett. An unprecedented box office and critical hit, the musical received twelve Tony Award nominations and won nine, in addition to the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)