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    Chorus Line Fans or Italians from New Jersey question

    Hey everyone.
    I am directing A Chorus Line and I wondered if anyone can tell me if Mike from New Jersey's Italian name - "Costafalone" is pronounced.

    Costafalonay or Costafalone - rhymes with phone.
    Thanks!

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    Costa - fa - lo - nee

    Here's a clip from the OBC - Introductions - where Mike introduces himself and pronounces his last name:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QUb5...eature=related
    (at about 1:35)

    Where are you directing this? I love seeing productions of ACL.

    soxxy, an Italian from Rhode Island
    Last edited by soxxy; 07-12-2011 at 12:25 PM.

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    This thread title cracked me up. "Chorus Line Fans or Italians from New Jersey". It's so random, until you open the thread.
    Use Yah Blinkah!

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    Thanks so much!!!

    Yeah - I struggled with the thread title

    I am directing the show for a youth summer theatre on Vancouver Island. I have such a great cast! But we have to put the show together in about 2 weeks - so it's long days!

    I knew I could count on FSU for the answer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Accordion View Post
    Hey everyone.
    I am directing A Chorus Line and I wondered if anyone can tell me if Mike from New Jersey's Italian name - "Costafalone" is pronounced.

    Costafalonay or Costafalone - rhymes with phone.
    Thanks!
    Here is a link to a bad quality video of the original cast doing their introductions. Wayne Cilento is playing Mike here.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QUb5er8bNE

    Huge ACL fan here, so I'll be excited to hear how your production turns out. I'm always interested to see how different people portray Sheila, Val, and Judy.
    Logic is in the eye of the logician --Gloria Steinem

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    My 100% Sicilian better-half from Bay Ridge says that his family would pronounce it 1/2 way between "Costafalon-eh" and "Costafalon-ay".

    Basically, there's some sort of "eh" at the end of it...just don't rhyme it with "phone"!
    Last edited by Fergus; 07-13-2011 at 05:13 PM.

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    Does he say his last name in the movie version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caseyedwards View Post
    Does he say his last name in the movie version?
    I don't think so, but the movie version is
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
    I don't think so, but the movie version is
    That's partly because Michael Douglas is not believable in the least as a choreographer.

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    Ahh, that dreadful movie. It still gives me nightmares.

    Have a great production! Loved the original Broadway album (and, yep, I had the album ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by GarrAarghHrumph View Post
    This thread title cracked me up. "Chorus Line Fans or Italians from New Jersey". It's so random, until you open the thread.
    ^This^

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    Quote Originally Posted by taf2002 View Post
    That's partly because Michael Douglas is not believable in the least as a choreographer.
    They also changed Cassie's situation quite a bit, which made her really unsympathetic in my opinion. Making Bebe a lead and inserting a backstory didn't work for me at all. The new choreography was horrendous. I really wish they had let Michael Bennett had more influence on the film version. The only performance that really resonated with me was Vicki Frederick as Sheila. She was a Cassie on Broadway, but was to me, almost as good as Kelly Bishop as Sheila. Val is one of my favorite characters and Audrey Landers did okay, but she made Val seem stupid, which she isn't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Accordion View Post
    Hey everyone.
    I am directing A Chorus Line and I wondered if anyone can tell me if Mike from New Jersey's Italian name - "Costafalone" is pronounced.

    Costafalonay or Costafalone - rhymes with phone.
    Thanks!
    The final "e" sounds like the "é" in Stéphane. The accent should be on the second "o".
    the sound "ee" (like "bee"), is an "i" in italian.

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    Indispensable viewing for all who love ACL:

    "A Chorus Line" on Donahue (1990)
    http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...+Donahue+&aq=f

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    Thanks for posting these videos. I love ACL. One thing I learned today...Kelly Bishop who played Sheila was Jennifer Gray's mom in Dirty Dancing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu View Post
    The final "e" sounds like the "é" in Stéphane. The accent should be on the second "o".
    the sound "ee" (like "bee"), is an "i" in italian.
    Italian American folks with names ending in gione or lone seem to go different ways, depending on the region of origin. I hear JOAN-ee or LOAN-ee and JOAN or LOAN almost equally. My husband's family is a JOAN-ee. Regardless of the region, the accent is on the JOAN or the LOAN and the ee sound is tacked on at the end if the family uses it.
    AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen View Post
    They also changed Cassie's situation quite a bit, which made her really unsympathetic in my opinion. Making Bebe a lead and inserting a backstory didn't work for me at all. The new choreography was horrendous. I really wish they had let Michael Bennett had more influence on the film version. The only performance that really resonated with me was Vicki Frederick as Sheila. She was a Cassie on Broadway, but was to me, almost as good as Kelly Bishop as Sheila. Val is one of my favorite characters and Audrey Landers did okay, but she made Val seem stupid, which she isn't.
    I couldn't agree more! Awful editing, sacreligious cutting of the glorious score and complete re-writing of the plot. All those ridiculous flashbacks to Cassie wearing that hideous hairpiece and the worst of all, the trivialisation of 'What I Did For Love'; originally written as a reflection of the dancer's sacrifices for their art, they just turned it into some meaningless love song for Cassie to angst over on a staircase!!

    And don't even get me started on the ditching of 'Music and the Mirror' for 'Let Me Dance for You'!! . If ever a movie musical was crying out for a re-make to right a heinous wrong, this is it!!

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