I have a real love for theater and musicals. So, with a bit of down time during the holidays I was able to catch up on my reading and picked up On the Line: The Creation of a Chorus Line about one of my favorite musicals.
I caught the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line with my theater buff brother in San Francisco over thirty years ago, which makes the book more memorable since it's based primarily on interviews with the original 19 dancers whose stories provided the plot of A Chorus Line.
One of Broadway's longest running shows, it's about dance pros looking for work--a universal theme as best quoted by Trish Garland who created the role of Judy Turner for the musical.
"Chorus Line allowed you to feel human lives, all different lives, in a situation where they all had the same need. Everybody can put themselves on the line. Everybody in life has to audition, no matter what it's for."
Enjoying Life's Auditions
I was reminded of how we all have to audition in life--experienced pros as well as novices--when a professional in her late forties and a former senior manager at a prestigious high-tech company found herself out of a job like so many others in 2008.