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.