▶ Song : At The Ballet from the musical A CHORUS LINE — Sheila, Maggie & Bebe.

Song: At The Ballet from A Chorus Line (Musical, 1975)

Sheila, Maggie and Bebe, characters from the musical A Chorus Line belt out this beautiful song, of which the composer of the musical score (Marvin Hamlisch) said to be “the heart” of the musical.

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Listen to the song “AT THE BALLET” from the musical A Chorus Line:

At The Ballet. Lyrics:

[MAGGIE, SHEILA AND BEBE]

Up a steep and very narrow stairway

To the voice like a metronome.

Up a steep and very narrow stairway

[MAGGIE]

It wasn’t paradise…

[BEBE]

It wasn’t paradise…

[SHEILA]

It wasn’t paradise…

[MAGGIE, SHEILA AND BEBE]

But it was home.

[MAGGIE (Spoken)]

I don’t know what they were for or against, really,

except each other.

I mean I was born to save their marriage

but when my father came to pick my mother up

at the hospital

he said, “Well, I thought this was going to help.

but I guess it’s not…”

Anyway, I did have a fantastic fantasy life.

I used to dance around the living room

with my arms up like this

My fantasy was that there was an Indian Chief…

And he’d say to me,

Maggie, do you wanna dance?”

And I’d say, “Daddy, I would love to dance!”

[SHEILA AND MAGGIE]

Doo-doo-doo-doo

[BEBE]

But it was clear…

[BEBE AND MAGGIE]

Doo-doo-doo

[SHEILA]

When he proposed…

[SHEILA AND BEBE]

Doo-doo-doo

[MAGGIE]

That I was born to help their marriage and when

[MAGGIE AND BEBE]

Doo-doo-doo-doo

[SHEILA]

That’s what he said…

[SHEILA AND MAGGIE]

Doo-doo-doo

[BEBE]

That’s what she said…

[BEBE AND SHEILA]

Doo-doo-doo

[MAGGIE]

I used to dance around the living room…

[BEBE AND SHEILA]

Doo-doo-doo-doo

[SHEILA]

He wasn’t warm…

[SHEILA AND MAGGIE]

Doo-doo-doo

[BEBE]

Not to her…

[MAGGIE]

It was an Indian chief and he’d say:

Maggie, do you wanna dance?”

And I’d say, “Daddy, I would love to…”

Everything was beautiful at the ballet,

Raise your arms and someone’s always there.

Yes, everything was beautiful at the ballet,

At the ballet,

At the ballet!!!

[MAGGIE, SHEILA AND BEBE]

Yes everything was beautiful at the ballet.

[MAGGIE]

HEY!…

[BEBE]

I was pretty…

[SHEILA]

I was happy…

[MAGGIE]

I would love to…”

[MAGGIE, SHEILA AND BEBE]

At…the…ballet.

 

"At The Ballet"

At The Ballet”

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