Answers 4 Actors

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Chorus Line Marks that Time in my Life

This morning I heard a wonderful interview on NPR. Take a listen.

It is an interview about a wonderful documentary called Every Little Step about the creating of Chorus Line. It is based on both the video tapes of Michael Bennett and also casting the revival of Chorus Line. I haven't see it yet but just this interview reminded me of what it was like living in NYC and going to see the original Chorus Line. I think most people I know at that time were touched by that performance. Although I never really considered myself a dancer ( I did dance in musicals) because I knew dancers, amazing dancers and that was not me; I related to the desire, the drive of those artists. It truly allowed the audience to understand the pain, agony, joy and love of the artist for the art.

What makes a person willing to go on when the odds are against them, when the reject can be ruthless, when many times family and friends don't understand? Hearing this interview I knew I must see this documentary because I need to be amongst artists who understand, who get it, who don't ask me to explain why I do what I do.

Maybe this is why I am most happy when I am coaching actors both privately and in groups. We all speak a language that most people will never understand. My club of people. People who don't need me to explain the joy of feeling the pain of my character, the exhilaration of find just the right inner thought that makes the character come alive on stage or on the screen. That joy cannot be bought. It must be found and experienced by each artist in their own distinctive way.

Enjoy the journey and I hope and pray you have artist friends to enjoy it with you.



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