1 hour, 36 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for some strong language including sexual references.
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 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
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.