A Chorus Line
Starring: Michael Douglas, Audrey Landers, Vicki Frederick Synopsis: A director is casting dancers for a large production. Large numbers of hopefulls audition, hoping to be selected. Throughout the day, more and more people are eliminated, and the competition gets harder. Eventually, approximately a dozen dancers must compete for a few spots, each hoping to impress the director with their dancing skill. But, is this really what the director is looking for? It took nearly ten years for the longest-running Broadway musical of all time to make it from stage to screen, and although director Attenborough's film version has a couple of pleasant numbers which serve as oases amidst the dullness, it really hurts for those who remember the dazzle and emotional depth of the let's-put-on-a-show original. Douglas plays Zach, the director who puts the young singer-dancers through their paces, demanding not only that they strut their stuff but that they also reveal something of their backgrounds and dreams. How much can you really like a musical when the direction is flat, several good songs are tossed into the ether, the singing and dancing are often not much to sing and dance about, and both the zest and the pain are rationed out in such miserly fashion? Skip it and dig up your "Playbill" of the stage original.