On Sept. 29, 1983, A Chorus Line became the longest running show in Broadway history. (It has since been surpassed by Les Misèrables, Cats, and Phantom of the Opera). For the record-breaking performance, director Michael Bennett assembled over 300 current and former cast members and created an unforgettable evening of theatre, where the actors from various companies of the show tag-teamed the entire performance, starting with the then-current cast in the opening number. The original cast (minus Pam Blair) stepped in for the "names" section, several Cassies joined Donna McKecknie for the Cassie dance, there were numerous Pauls for the Paul monologue, the "alternative scene" ("What would you do if you couldn't dance any more?") was performed in multiple languages representing the many international companies of the show, and the evening concluded in this incredible finale, with hundreds of Chorus Line alums filling the Shubert Theatre with "One" amazing singular sensation. (The stage had to be reinforced to support them all.)
[This portion was televised as part of a program called "Live and In Person". Though I was one of the ACL cast members that appear here, I do not claim rights or ownership. It is presented here for your enjoyment as part of history.]
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"One (Finale)" is the fifteenth and final musical number in A Chorus Line, and is performed by...