A Chorus Line : About the song: 'One'......

About the song: 'One'......

Who are they talking about???"one, singular sensation,every little step SHE takes,one, thrilling combination,every move that SHE makes.....
Who´s SHE?Is it Cassie?
Thanks BYE

Re: About the song: 'One'......

The "Chorus Line" in a musical exists just to promote the star of the show. When the golden years of Broadway were over, the producers did not have enough money to pay for the chorus line, so it was often cut. Michael Bennet, the inventor of "A Chorus Line" did it the other way round - he got rid of the stars and kept nothing but the chorus line. His musical is about the individual fears, whishes and dreams of those who work in the background. He wanted to tell the audience that they are talented, beautiful, hard-working persons - special persons, as Zach admits in the end.
So the musical is, in some way, a satire, a parody. They are singing about the star of the show that not yet exists - and they become stars themselves in doing that.
Of course, there is another possible interpretation, which does not rule out the first -and widely acknowledged - one. Remember when Zach keeps telling Cassie to "not move the head", that "this is not Vegas"? He is so in love with her, that he cannot concentrate on the of the others others, he just sees her and her "every little step", her "every move" is "one singular sensation" to him.

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I always felt that the song "One..." was a song from the musical they were all auditioning for. Kind of like what the chorus would sing when "dolly walks into the restaurant in "Hello, Dolly", had they not written something else....

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The song is about the satars of the show. The fist verse is "one singular sensation every single step HE takes". It does not become she untill the second verse ie "SHE walks in to her room".

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They are the ensemble singing about a character in the "show" that they are in, except onstage you don't see the character.

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No.

Zach is pulling her up on every embellishment she was putting in (as she'd been a principal player in productions elsewhere), but he had already said that he did not want anyone to pull his focus. So every time she did... she had screwed up.

When doing Busby Berkeley routines, synchronised moves are what is required. not someone head-flipping in diva mode.

Think how it cuts to the very sharp Cabaret/goose-stepping style for a few bars as he;'s asking Cassie "is this what you really want?"

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The song is referring to the star of the show that the dancers are auditioning for..."One" is a song from the show that the dancers are trying out for.

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I think that the song refers to how during the show of A Chorus line, the are all unique, but once they get into their gold costumes, they are indistinguishable from one another. Even after all of the hard work and pain they go through, they are still only in the backround to the big "star" of the show.

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Most of the posts here have said, correctly in my opinion, that the "she" is the star of the production, who would naturally not be auditioning with the background players.

One post did seem strange to though.

How could Zach have created "One Singular Sensation" to be about Cassie when A) He probably did not write the book or lyrics for the play; B) He didn't know Cassie was in town until she showed up at the audition?

The final scene was part satire, part homage to big production numbers such as Jerry Herman used to do.
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