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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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.
A riveting documentary from James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo.
Every Little Step never rises above being a very good showbiz documentary. But it's an engaging tribute to a groundbreaking musical.
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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.
A documentary that didn't get the awards-season love was the truly lovely Every Little Step. This film not so much chronicles the making of the famous Michael Bennett play, A Chorus Line, as it parallels its genius with the pain, guts, and glory of the casing process for a 2006 revival production of the same musical. Even if you haven't seen A Chorus Line, the movie gives you the cliff-notes version to know what you need to know: it's a story about dancers auditioning for a play, and the rigorous process of "making it" - callbacks, rejections, casting, so forth - as well as understanding just why the dancers chose to dance for a living. So as a documentary illustrating the grueling hard work - physically, emotionally, spiritually - to be cast in a Broadway musical, it should only be natural that the musical is a revival of the mega-hit A Chorus Line. Its power is in following a motley assortment of leading and middle-tier candidates, and the boot camp-like trials each one confronts in the competition to be cast, from the cattle call auditions to final callbacks so many months later. This is their lives, with their artistic fulfillment and rent checks at stake with their performance. Disillusionment is not an uncommon malady during this trying process, the audience soon learns. Some crash and burn, and some are rewarded for their persistence and gusto. At times it's a heartbreakingly beautiful marriage of innocence and passion, and you can't help but feel captivated by the high drama of it all. Lending more gravitas to the production are the veteran impresarios presiding over the casting - many of whom were involved with the original 1974 production of A Chorus Line. It's a story and a struggle for them, too, seeing so much heart and soul spilled on stage by many worthy dancers. And it's a wonderful struggle for the viewer, too, knowing that only a few can achieve this dream. Until next season's musical productions begin casting, that is. It is the business of show business. And scarcely has it been more compelling.
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