Every Little Step
Runtime: 1 hr 36 min
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
Starring: Bob Avian, Michael Bennett, Charlotte d'Amboise, Jacques d'Amboise, Natascia Diaz, Ramon Flowers, Jessica Lee Goldyn
Thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining.
Review by: SteveRhodes
Added: 7 years ago
EVERY LITTLE STEP, by directors Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern, is a documentary that follows people auditioning for a musical about people auditioning for a musical. So does the mere description of this documentary about people auditioning to get parts of the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line" have your heading spinning?
Well, don't worry. EVERY LITTLE STEP won't leave your head spinning for long, since it's a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining film that will captivate your head and your heart, especially the latter.
The film works marvelously well on two separate levels. In addition to the obvious part of following the dancers through their trials and tribulations, their joys and their heartbreaks, the movie is riveting in the background material it provides about how "A Chorus Line" was first conceived and developed. Think of EVERY LITTLE STEP as "So You Think You Can Dance?" as The History Channel might produce it. And, speaking of "So You Think You Can Dance?", Tyce DiOrio from that dance competition show -- where he was first a contestant and is now a choreographer -- is one of the dancers who is seen auditioning in EVERY LITTLE STEP.
"A Chorus Line" was originally conceived in 1974 by choreographer Michael Bennett when he got a group of dancers together to talk about their lives and dreams. He made a long series of audio tapes of these discussions, and, from these tapes, he came up with the musical about auditioning for a musical. As we watch an old reel-to-reel tape player spin, we get to hear selections from the original tapes. The editor, thankfully, knows just how much of this to use, since watching a tape whirl can be deadly dull if overdone, which it never is in EVERY LITTLE STEP.
While the background story about the original concept of "A Chorus Line" is consistently fascinating, as is the old, poor quality film footage of the original production, it isn't the best part of EVERY LITTLE STEP. What really makes the film come alive are the auditions, as we observe three thousand dancers answer an open call for a 2006 Broadway revival of the famous musical.
If you've ever tried out for a part or interviewed for any job you wanted really, really bad, then EVERY LITTLE STEP will speak to you directly. As the number of people competing for each role gets reduced, you'll soon feel like every dancer has become your best friend, and you'll be rooting for them all to get the part, even though, logically, you know that many will still have to be cut. By the "final, final call back," you'll be on pins and needles worrying about who among your newfound friends will have to go.
But, as sorry as you'll be when people aren't picked, you be overjoyed with those who are. Don't be surprised if you, too, shed a tear or two along with the dancers when they are picked for the role of a lifetime. It's that kind of film. It really gets to you, in a good way.
EVERY LITTLE STEP runs 1:36. It is rated PG-13 for "some strong language including sexual references" and would be acceptable for kids around 9 and up.