Every Little Step (2009)
Critic Consensus: Fascinating and insightful, Every Little Step is a thoroughly engrossing behind the scenes look at Broadway performers.
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Critic Reviews for Every Little Step
It's all up there on the screen in this impassioned, exhilarating documentary. They want to dance for you. It's what they did for love.
I was thrilled and moved by Every Little Step, despite the abundance of bad dancing pouring out of reality television these days, because it's about the real thing, and offers marvellous insights into of the process of creating a Broadway hit.
Every Little Step, like A Chorus Line itself, should prove catnip for any self-respecting, self-flagellating actor-dancer.
The documentary, edited down from some 400 hours, is packed with crowd-pleasing moments.
Audience Reviews for Every Little Step
A Chorus Line is about how hard it is to get that dream gig on Broadway, and this documentary looks into that as well, as thousands audition for a turn in the 2008 revival of A Chorus Line. You watch as casting directors make the tough decision, actors and dancer and singer oh my are cast asunder or make their big break, and history is revived and made in that instant. Beautiful film.
Very intriguing backstage look at the entire audition process for a revival of "A Chorus Line". It's unafraid to show that it's a tough business trying for that break to what is hopefully the big time.
Being that A Chorus Line is a famous Broadway musical all about auditioning for a Broadway musical, Every Little Step, an agile documentary following every heel-toe-kick, takes place almost entirely in the world of high-stress auditions. The documentary traces the origins of the meta-theatrical show all the way to a taped conversation director Michael Bennet had with a handful of New York City dancers in 1974. That night they opened up about their lives and then it became character backstories. I would have liked more of an exploration about the nature of art transposing someone?s life story, but this is not that movie. Every Little Step examines the elation, disappointment, and sheer exhaustion of getting a part in a show. We watch scores of actors try out for the 2006 revival and we also listen to interviews from key participants in the original 1975 production. The movie does have some issues and one of them is that it doesn?t become personally involving to a Broadway naïf until after an hour in. I understand that the casting crew was weeding out hundreds of talent, but the movie doesn?t give enough time to specific hopefuls to follow, build a connection with, and eventually root for. Every Little Step only begins to flesh out its finalists at the final round of callbacks, which makes the stakes less emotionally involving. Still, it?s hard not to feel the rush of joy when some dancers achieve their dreams.
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