Aloha Performing Arts Company’s opening night of the Broadway musical “A Chorus Line” proved to be a singular sensation. The cast of local talent really stretched themselves and their abilities to learn the extremely complicated script, songs and, of course, the dancing. The entire first half of the show is one seamless flow of comedy, pathos and action, with each member of the rather large ensemble cast contributing to the intricate interweaving of stories.
I enjoyed this show especially because every lyric and every line was clear and easy to hear. With the orchestra now up above the stage, the music projects evenly throughout the hall and doesn’t overpower one section of the audience.
But the main praise belongs to the cast and the orchestra. Since virtually every character is on stage for the entire length of the show, often in vigorous action, it is easy to appreciate how much energy is required for each performance. The orchestra did a superb job of the very complicated score, unobtrusive and subtle when needed and right on target at the big finale.
If you’re looking for a fun, happy evening, it’s APAC Hawaii’s “A Chorus Line.”
“A Chorus Line” is on stage now at the Aloha Theater in Kainaliu, around 15 minutes south of Kailua-Kona. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through July 29. Tickets are online at www.alohatheatre.com, where you may see and select your actual seats. You may also try to get tickets at the door, but this run is expected to sell out early so advance purchase is recommended. The theater box office also takes phone calls Mondays through Thursdays, at 808-322-9924.