But too many of the characters are interchangeable or extraneous and too many of the performances lack distinction and definition. Unlike with the well-drawn contestants from “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” say, we don’t have as much of a vested interest here in which ones make the cut or which ones don’t.
Acting honors go to David Rossetti (as Paul, the least flamboyant of the gays) and Meredith Campbell (as the cynical Sheila). It would have been nice to see more of Leslie Bellair (as the diminutive Connie) and Greg Kamp (as the innocent Mark), both of whose scenes are shortchanged by a recurring “montage” number.
Among the memorable songs (music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban), highlights include Marissa Druzbanski’s solo “What I Did for Love” and the Nick Morrett-Angela Harris duet “Sing.”
In the dancing department, Pamela Gold (as Cassie, a fallen diva and Zach’s former flame) is most convincing. For all their right moves and even from a back corner of the balcony, some of the others look a bit old – and more than a few of them out of shape, frankly – to be truly believed as Broadway hoofers.
To borrow the title of another tune in the show, “Dance: 10; Looks: 3,” indeed.
“A Chorus Line”
Through Sept. 4. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; 10 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 31). $16-$35. Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. auroratheatre.com
Bottom line: Not quite a singular sensation.