Too many years ago, I used to stand in line at TKTS, hoping to get half-priced tickets, especially for my favorite show, A Chorus Line. I've seen it quite a few times, even a couple times from the lighting booth. So yes, I know the original show quite well.
I wasn't sure what to expect, or how any revival cast could possibly compare with the original that was so absolutely set in my mind, but the moment this film began with that cattle call, seeing the lines down the block of all those dancers hoping for some chance, and knowing the real number that would be cast, I found the thrill once again, reliving all those times, all those faces filled with hope, all those tears I so often saw from backstage.
Of course, I had my favorites in this new cast, and quickly felt I knew the final cast. Sometimes I was right. Surprisingly, I was often wrong in unexpected ways, just as those sitting at that table were surprised by the changes over those many months, for the better, for the worst.
And that is why this film was so good. I was there again, just like you will be there if you've ever been part of a theatrical production.
Bravo for such a wonderful documentary that shared such a personal inside view to the triumphs, devastation, and resolve to try again, because, 'maybe next time I'll get it'.