As Broadway show cast members, and their audiences, all self-isolate at home, leaving stages dark during the coronavirus pandemic, dancers have not let their passion go without an outlet.
The video "A Chorus Line in Quarantine" originated on a private Facebook group among the company of the 2006-2008 Broadway revival of the landmark musical, with each performer recorded separately as they live out the COVID-19 outbreak in isolation. Through the magic of editing, their movements blend together as they might have on stage, into "one singular sensation," in a performance by turns nostalgic, humorous and unifying.
"A Chorus Line in Quarantine" was the brainchild of Jeffrey "Shecky" Schecter, who played Mike in the original Broadway revival cast. On March 31, about two weeks into quarantine, Schechter proposed that his fellow cast mates record the show's opening combo (the lead-in to the song "I Hope I Get It") in whatever lockdown circumstances they were living. Heather Parcells (who played Judy) volunteered to edit, and reached out to cast members not on Facebook.
The group effort would grow to include 44 cast members, from across the U.S., Australia and Japan, each exuding the joy of dance under the oppressive confines of a pandemic's quarantine.
Click on the video at the top of the page to relive a little Broadway magic.
Cast (in order of appearance):
E. Clayton Cornelius
Jessica Lee Goldyn
Jessica Lea Patty
Liza B. Domingo
Courtney Laine Mazza
Aaron J. Albano
Kimberly Dawn Nuemann
J. Elaine Marcos