▶ Song: I Hope I Get It. Musical A Chorus Line. Original Cast / Lyrics.

SONG: I Hope I Get It. MUSICAL: A Chorus Line. The Music of Marvin Hamlisch.

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The human struggle behind the songs:

Every kid who ever came to New York to work in and around the theater, or anybody who dances for a living in that milieu, will immediately connect with the stories of the characters of A Chorus Line, and upon listening to them will say, “That’s me.” Which may explain why this is such an emotional show for so many people.

 

What emerged from the workshops at the New York Public Theater, was a show with no stars, no set, and almost no plot. This struck people as daring in 1975; given what’s been on the Broadway stage in the intervening two decades, “astounding” seems more like it.

 

LISTEN: Song: I Hope I Get It. Musical A Chorus Line. Original Cast

LYRICS:

I Hope I Get “A Chorus Line” soundtrack

 

[ZACH]

Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch…Again!

Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch…Again!

Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch…Again!

Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch…Right!

That connects with…

Turn, turn, out, in, jump, step,

Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch.

Got it?… Going on. And…

Turn, turn, touch, down, back, step,

Pivot, step, walk, walk, walk.

Right! Let’s do the whole combination,

Facing away from the mirror.

From the top. A-Five, six, seven, eight!

 

[ALL]

God, I hope I get it.

I hope I get it.

How many people does he need?

 

[BOYS]

How many people does he need?

 

[GIRLS]

God, I hope I get it.

 

[ALL]

I hope I get it.

How many boys, how many girls?

 

[GIRLS]

How many boys, how many…?

 

[ALL]

Look at all the people!

At all the people.

How many people does he need?

How many boys, how many girls?

How many people does he…?

 

[TRICIA]

I really need this job.

Please God, I need this job.

I’ve got to get this job.

 

[ALL]

God, I really blew it!

I really blew it!

How could I do a thing like that?

 

[BOYS]

How could I do a thing like…

 

[ALL]

Now I’ll never make it!

I’ll never make it!

He doesn’t like the way I look.

He doesn’t like the way I dance.

He doesn’t like the way I…

 

[ALL]

GOD, I think I’ve got it.

I think I’ve got it.

I knew he liked me all the time.

Still it isn’t over.

 

[MAGGIE]

What’s coming next?

 

[ALL]

It isn’t over.

 

[MIKE]

What happens now?

 

[ALL]

I can’t imagine what he wants.

 

[GIRLS]

I can’t imagine what he…

 

[ALL]

God, I hope I get it!

I hope I get it.

I’ve come this far, but even so

It could be yes, it could be no,

How many people does he…?

I really need this job.

 

[A FEW VOICES]

My unemployment is gone.

 

[ALL]

Please, God, I need this job.

 

[A FEW VOICES]

I knew I had it from the start.

 

[ALL]

I’ve got to get this show.

 

[PAUL]

Who am I anyway?

Am I my resume?

That is a picture of a person I don’t know.

What does he want from me?

What should I try to be?

So many faces all around, and here we go.

I need this job, oh God, I need this show.

 

VIDEO: I Hope I Get It A Chorus Line – Extreme Dance Studios Port Macquarie Australia (Music to “A Chorus Line – The Movie”

 

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