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|Every Little Step|
Actors: Bob Avian, Michael Bennett, Kelly Bishop, Candy Ann Brown, Charlotte d'Amboise
Directors: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
Genres: Special Interests, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
For over three decades, there's been one singular sensation: A Chorus Line, the groundbreaking hit musical inspired by the emotional lives of dancers during the audition process. Now the story comes full circle as a new do... more »
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Art imitates life imitates art
Daniel B. Clendenin | www.journeywithjesus.net | 05/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"About half way through this film I wondered to myself if the audience would clap when it was over. They did, and it was a spontaneous and well-deserved conclusion. I'm betting Every Little Step will earn awards for Best Documentary of the year. The film begins as a retrospective about the original Broadway musical A Chorus Line, which debuted in 1975 and after 6,137 performances became the longest-running musical ever. Archival material and interviews with members of the original production take you back thirty years to the show's simple premise, which centered on the deeply human stories of seventeen performers. The documentary then turns to the 2006 Broadway revival of the original musical, and takes you backstage to follow the stories of the dancers who auditioned for the fifteen or so spots. It begins with an open call that drew 3,000 artists, and proceeds through several call backs until the cast is finalized. Many are called but only a tiny few are chosen for the coveted opportunity."
More than entertainment.
Infrequent reviewer | Chicago, IL USA | 05/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I awaited this film and, as one of the hundreds of very lucky ex-dancers who once had the thrill of working "ACL", though a long time ago, this brought back so very much of a life almost forgotten by having left to "grow up" and enter the real world. A Chorus Line was the pinnacle of a career for many of us who had the honor and distinction to be a part of it, no matter how long ago. Just as the show was like no other, so this film is absolutely like no other documentary that I have seen. It is real, it is moving, it is genuine life, whether one has ever danced, never danced but wanted to, or never even considered dancing. The film highlights the universal thirst of youth and beyond for all who have ever had a dream no matter the profession, industry, or passion. It reflects the original show itself without repeating it. Thanks Michael and Bob for giving the show--and by extension this film--to all who have ever dreamed a dream. And a special thanks as well to the original Connie, the reliable Ms. B. Lee for doing your part to keep this dream alive for so many who have followed us."
Can't wait for the DVD to come out!
DMac | California | 05/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Every Little Step" is a terrific movie. I've already seen it twice in the theater and I'm looking forward to a DVD ASAP :-D
A documentary about dancers auditioning for the revival of the musical about dancers auditioning for a musical?...it sounds insular but it's not. There is a universal appeal in following the hopeful young performers who aspire against tough odds and thousands of other dancers to land a role in A Chorus Line.
I'm a sucker for competition-type stories, and I remember seeing A Chorus Line on Broadway, so I found it fascinating to see how it all began and follow the intense, complex process of bringing a production to life.
You don't have to love musicals or dancing to enjoy this documentary. But if you do, you'll probably find it entertaining, moving, and more suspenseful than many so-called thrillers.
Art and life intertwined many times over
Andy Orrock | Dallas, TX | 06/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If Man on Wire was the Academy Award winner for 2008's best documentary, then "Every Little Step" better be a shoo-in for 2009. We saw these two films back-to-back this past weekend and by my estimation, Step's co-directors Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern have created a more compelling film-going experience.
Art and life are intertwined here many times over - Michael Bennett's interviews of real chorus line dancers spawned the initial incarnation of the play, which grew quickly into a Broadway colossus winning a Tony for Bennett and ascending him to a Broadway pantheon reserved for its great heroes. Indeed, in this film Bennett is discussed in reverential tones. There are compelling, fascinating videos and interviews of Bennett discussing the creative process of putting 'A Chorus Line' Together. Most notably, the movie starts and ends with audio tapes of the original 12-hour session recorded by Bennett. In the world of theater, that's almost a sacred document.
With "Every Little Step," art and life get further intertwined - just as the original play pulled its stories from real dancers, the movie bookends that by pulling together the real stories behind the casting of the revival. It helps that some of the original players are here - co-casting director Bob Avian was a partner of Bennett's from the original production; and Baayork Lee - who does the choreography in the re-do - was not only 'Connie' in the original, she was also the inspiration of the Connie character. It's her voice, her story on Bennett's tape.
Standouts here include: Broadway royalty Charlotte d'Amboise (there's some great footage of her with her Dad, ballet legend Jaques d'Amboise) who wins the role of Cassie that was pioneered by Donna McKechnie; Yuka Takara, who wins the role of Connie despite some initial hesitancy from Lee; Rachelle Rak, compelling in _not_ getting a role (she's wonderfully articulate in describing her desperation at reaching for something that she can't remember when she asked to recreate "what you did here eight months ago"); and - most notably - Jason Tam, whose audition for the seminal role of Paul has become the stuff of Broadway legend. You'll see why here in the film's best passage. Watching Avian and his team react to Tam, it's clear that they're of the belief that spirit of Bennett has entered the room."