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Mirrors

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9780312534387: Mirrors

From Kirkus: Those who revere A Chorus Line will want to settle down with this mostly readable, essentially good-hearted saga of Broadway-musical dancers ("gypsies"), which boasts only the thinnest, most cliched plot and characters but does have more convincing showbiz/lifestyle atmosphere than most such workups. Lipton merely follows one B'way-bound musical from auditions through its try-out week in Philadelphia--concentrating on heroine Carin Bradley, a ballet student who gets dragged to the audition by chum Diane (the tough, aging, crying-behind-the-wisecracks stereotype to the hilt). Carin's secret, however, is that she's diabetic--like dancers Joan McCracken and Carol Haney, who died young--and this medical-crisis material adds just enough extra grab to maintain a modicum of tension. The rest is strictly by the numbers: Carin has a journalist boyfriend who's jealous of her career, angry about her on-the-road affair with the company stud; Carin and Diane have an aging, campy-homosexual, unemployed dancer-roommate who'll commit suicide while the girls are in Philly (his funeral is the novel's tacky-maudlin low point); Carin is chosen to be a featured dancer and must rehearse all night to prepare for her big moment; there's a Gypsy-style stage-mother-monster who pimps for her daughter; etc. But Lipton is relatively tasteful in recycling and updating all the backstage familiars: sex but nothing too kinky, vulgarity but nothing too gross. And his details are impressively authentic, from the dancers' muscles to the varied reactions when there's a pathetic closing in Philly (the neophyte book-writer weeps while veteran gypsies instantly call their agents). Don't look for depth, originality, or grownup characters: the cutesy, narrow, puerile, soppy showfolk sensibility is projected all too well. But this chatty, episodic, musical-comedy melodrama is going to be tres big wherever the stagestruck-dancer is an indestructible icon.

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