▶ Song: At The Ballet — The “heart” of A Chorus Line.

Washington, D.C. — Marvin Hamlisch used to say that when the composition of the song “At The Ballet” for the Broadway Musical A Chorus Line materialized with its music and words, it was a turning point for the show; that this song embodied the spirit of this great musical and made it whole. This song speaks of the joys and sorrows in the lives of these dancers that the show was about to expose by the way of acting, singing and dancing. (the triple threat contenders.)

August 24, 1974 — “With the opening done, Ed and I pick up speed. We write two more songs real quick. One is called “I Can Do That,” about a dancer first discovering his talent. The other is called “At The Ballet,” which is about the endless years of training dancers endure. We played it for Michael Bennett and he said it was perfect” — Marvin Hamlisch

At The Ballet-Glee

VIDEO: Song with Lyrics tribute by TV’s Glee to the song: At The Ballet from the Broadway Musical A CHORUS LINE
Performed by: Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), Isabelle Wright (Sarah Jessica Parker), Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) & Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) — A GREAT RENDITION:

Background of the song  “At the Ballet” – sung by Sheila, Bebe, and Maggie:

Zach is angered when he feels that the streetwise Sheila is not taking the audition seriously. Opening up, she reveals that her mother married at a young age and her father neither loved nor cared for them. When she was six, she realized that ballet provided relief from her unhappy family life (“At the Ballet”), as did Bebe and Maggie.

VIDEO: Kelly Bishop, Terri Klausner and Kay Cole during Scene from A Chorus Line. “At The Ballet” (Record breaking performance, 1983)


READ MORE: Musical: A Chorus Line: At The Ballet - Menzel 2013


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Source: Team Marvin Hamlisch / The Music of Marvin Hamlisch



  1. I parked my car in the middle of ‘At the Ballet’ from ACL. I HAD to wait to the song was over to turn off the car. Thank you Marvin Hamlisch!

    LISTEN TO RENDITION BY Idina Menzel during BBC Radio 2 apperance (2013) Song: At The Ballet — The Music of Marvin Hamlisch

  2. A year ago today the world lost Marvin Hamlisch, a great American composer and conductor. ​Hamlisch was both loved in the music industry and his talent recognised. He won all four major music awards — the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — as well as a Pulitzer Prize. You may not know his name, but you are sure to know his music.

    Here are just a few of his songs you might not know he wrote:
    Whether you are a James Bond fan or not, you will probably be familiar with Carly Simon’s Nobody Does It Better
    If you’re a romantic film buff, or just a romantic, you will know Barbara Streisand singing The Way We Were from the film of the same name.
    If you play the piano, you may well have learnt The Entertainer / Rag Time Dance from the movie, The Sting and if you are into musical theatre you will know A Chorus Line. It is hard for me to chose between One (Singular Sensation) , At the Ballet and What I Did for Love.

    However, Idina Menzel reported that Marvin Hamlisch, himself, had a favourite which she performed at his funeral and during a concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on BBC Radio 2 on April 26, 2013.