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Running Time:
1 hour, 36 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for some strong language including sexual references.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A superb documentary about the creation, birth and rebirth of A Chorus Line should entertain several generations of fans who will be swept away by nostalgia for the beloved classic Broadway musical.

Additional Info:
Additional DVD Features:
Deleted Scenes; Donna McKechnie: In Conversation Featurette; Commentary with Directors Adam Del Deo, James Stern and Composer Marvin Hamlisch.

featuring interviews with
Bob Avian, Michael Bennett, Charlotte d'Amboise, Jacques d'Amboise, Natascia Diaz, Ramon Flowers, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Marvin Hamlisch, Megan Larche, J. Elaine Marcos, Donna McKechnie, Meredith Patterson, Yuka Takara, Jason Tam, and Chryssie Whitehead

Every Little Step
   Every Little Step with Adam Del Deo: DVD Cover Every Little Step follows the audition process of director Bob Avian as he casts the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line as nearly 3,000 young contestants are quickly whittled down to a few dozen, mirroring the musicalís original storyline. The documentary also reveals how its creator/choreographer Michael Bennett made a new kind of musical out of his taped interviews with the young Broadway dancers whose stories were the basis for the original production in 1975.

Directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo cut gracefully between Avianís 2006 auditions, which are the very definition of talent under pressure, and interviews with the veteran performers of the 1975 production including Donna McKechnie (the original Cassie) and Baayork Lee (the original Connie, and the revivalís dance captain). All of the characters in the show are based on real-life dancers' stories
and are seen in archival reel-to-reel tapes of Bennettís initial workshop interviews, including a number of off-hand remarks that made their way into the showís final script. And several of the original cast members are involved in the casting process for the revival.

Directors Stern and Del Deo draw parallels between the historical and present day footage suggesting that
there are many similarities in the 21st century to the era of the original: a controversial war, the specter of violence constantly on the horizon, citizens across the world calling for leaders to step down for their political corruption, and movements for racial, religious, and sexual equality. Especially striking are a series of cuts between dialogue spoken on the original taped interviews and those same lines being sung by the auditioners thirty years later. 

By the time
Every Little Step shows the final callbacks, the directors have so expertly laid the dramatic groundwork for the finale that their bold decision to devote a full 15 minutes to what essentially amounts to repeat performances, plays like the dazzling show-stopper that it has always been, a fitting climax for an unexpectedly entertaining movie.

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