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"Bobby's_Monologue_And"_from_A_CHORUS_LINE

"Bobby's Monologue And" from A CHORUS LINE

Musical Theatre West portrayal by Matthew Williams. (photographer unknown)

"And..." is the third musical number in A Chorus Line, and performed by Bobby, Richie, Val, and Judy with backing from the company.

Lyrics[]

BOBBY. He lived' cause luckily I didn't paint the soles of his feet and ...
RICHIE. And .. .
What if I'm next?
What if I'm next?
What am I gonna do?
I haven't got a clue.
I gotta think of something.
What does he want?
What does he want?
Stories from the past?
I better find one fast!
GROUP I: MAGGIE, GREG, BEBE, RICHIE, VAL & PAUL. What should I say?
What can I tell him?
BOBBY. (over music) As I got older I kept getting stranger and stranger. I used to go down to this busy intersection near my house at rush hour and direct traffic. I just wanted to see if anybody'd notice me. That's when I started breaking into people's houses - Oh, I didn't steal anything - I'd just rearrange their furniture. And ...
VAL. And ...
Orphan at three.
Orphan at three.
Mother and Dad both gone.
Raised by a sweet ex-con.
Tied up and raped at seven.
Seriously!
Seriously!
Nothing too obscene!
I'd better keep it clean.
GROUP II: DON, CONNIE, SHEILA, RICHIE, VAL, DIANA. What should I say?
What can I tell him?
BOBBY. School? You wanna hear about school? I went to P. S. Shit ... See, I was the kind of kid that was always getting slammed into lockers and stuff like that. Not only by the students - by the teachers too. Oh, and I hated sports, hated sports. And sports were very big. I mean, it was jock city, but I didn't make one team. See, I couldn't catch a ball if it had Elmer's Glue on it. And wouldn't my father have to be this big ex-football hero? He was so humiliated, he didn't know what to tell his friends, so he told them all I had polio. On Father's Day I used to limp for him. And ...
JUDY. And ...
God, I'm a wreck.
God, I'm a wreck.
I don't know where to start.
I'm gonna fall apart.
Where are my childhood mem'ries?
Who were the boys?
What were my toys?
How will I begin?
And why am I so thin?!!!
What should I say?
GROUP III: VAL, RICHIE, MAGGIE, CONNIE, JUDY, DIANA & MIKE. What can I tell him?
JUDY. And ...
CONNIE & MAGGIE. And .. ,
RICHIE. And ...
VAL & DIANA. And ...
BOBBY. And my mother kept saying: "If you don't stop setting your brother on fire, we're going to have to send you away." And I was always thinking up these spectacular ways how to kill myself. But then I realized - to commit suicide in Buffalo is redundant.

Alternate Lyrics[]

In case the actress playing Judy is neither tall or thin, alternate lyrics for her verse are provided.

VERSION 1:

And ...
God, I'm a wreck.
God, I'm a wreck.
I don't know where to start.
I'm gonna fall apart.
Where are my childhood mem'ries?
Who were the boys?
What were my toys?
Gone beyond recall.
And why am I so tall?!!!

VERSION 2:

And...

Try to be calm,

Try to be calm,

You're getting overwrought,

Follow a train of thought,

That way you won't be nervous.

Try to relax,

Try to relax,

It only lasts a while,

Just close your eyes and smile.

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