It might be the most famous opening number from a Broadway show ever. The audition or “I Hope I Get It” from A Chorus Line is intense, nerve-wracking, and above all, totally awesome. Having performed as Sheila in this last summer, it’s one of the most thrilling onstage experiences I’ve ever had. The energy of the music and the choreography is infectious; it pumps through your veins, grabs hold of you, and doesn’t let go.
It’s also pretty exhausting, but ridiculously fun. I think A Chorus Line is still the best, truest-to-life musical about the cutthroat world of showbiz.
This performance is of the original Broadway cast at the Tony Awards (Skip the 80s movie version; it just doesn’t do this terrific musical justice…and I don’t buy Michael Douglas as a choreographer. Sorry, but NO.).
Sometimes at auditions, I catch myself singing, “…GOD, I hope I get it!” What can I say? It’s a catchy number.
I have a new obsession, and it’s bad: trying to score tickets to the 2010 Bonnaroo Music Festival. This 4-day event is held each year in Manchester, Tennessee, and brings out some of the very best acts in the indie rock scene. My favorite radio station at home (central Missouri), 102.3 BXR, is currently having a call-in contest to get your name thrown into the mix to win two passes to Bonnaroo. I have actually been listening to it online and calling in, but to no avail. I have not been caller 10 (damn you, fast dialers!).
As a rabid follower of the indie music scene, I’ve been dying to go to Bonnaroo for the last several years, but this year’s lineup is pretty spectacular. A brief sampling of the attending artists include (but are not limited to): Regina Spektor, Phoenix, The Temper Trap (my newest musical interest; look for a review of their debut album soon), Brandi Carlile, Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Norah Jones, The Avett Brothers, Weezer, OK Go, Ingrid Michaelson, and Conan O’Brien. For a complete lineup, click here.
Needless to say, my little indie heart is swooning beyond belief. My generation hasn’t had some big event like Woodstock, but I feel like Bonnaroo may be as close as I could get to experiencing just a taste of that celebration of peace and music back in ’69. Also, I’m looking to have a little adventure this summer instead of just hanging around my house for three months and being bored in a small town of 12,000 people.
So who wants to go with me?