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Every Little Step (2009)

German Alexander , Bob Avian , Adam Del Deo , James D. Stern  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: German Alexander, Bob Avian, Justin Bellero, Michael Bennett, Jay Binder
  • Directors: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
  • Producers: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern, Alex LaGory, Christopher C. Chen, Douglas Hansen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002JT69LE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Every Little Step" on IMDb

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The engaging documentary Every Little Step threatens to be woefully insular--after all, it's about dancers auditioning for a Broadway revival of a musical about dancers auditioning for a musical. But what makes the musical A Chorus Line work--aside from memorable songs and topnotch choreography--is that while not everyone wants to sing and dance, everyone has had to apply for a job. So everyone can identify with the emotions applying for a job evokes. Similarly, viewers who don't even sing in the shower will understand the chaotic mix of ambition, anxiety, hope, and resentment that's churning in these very talented performers as they go through their paces. Balancing the audition process are interviews with performers from the original production and the creative team who crafted A Chorus Line from stories told by many of those original performers. The one missing voice is that of Michael Bennett, who originated the idea, shaped the process, and choreographed the dancing; fortunately, he's represented not only in affectionate anecdotes but also archival footage, including his touching acceptance speech when he won a Tony award for the show. Fans of A Chorus Line will find Every Little Step to be essential, but even the casual theatergoer will enjoy this backstage peek. --Bret Fetzer

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For over three decades, there's been one singular sensation: A Chorus Line, the groundbreaking hit musical inspired by the emotional lives of dancers during the audition process. Now the story comes full circle as a new documentary offers a revealing, unprecedented look at the auditions for the Broadway revival of the perennial classic, including interview footage with Bob Avian, Michael Bennett, Charlotte d'Amboise, Marvin Hamlisch and Donna McKechnie to name a few. The music, the moves and the real-life drama - they're all here in a documentary that brings you closer to the footlights than you ever thought possible.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars art imitates life imitates art May 11, 2009
About half way through this film I wondered to myself if the audience would clap when it was over. They did, and it was a spontaneous and well-deserved conclusion. I'm betting Every Little Step will earn awards for Best Documentary of the year. The film begins as a retrospective about the original Broadway musical A Chorus Line, which debuted in 1975 and after 6,137 performances became the longest-running musical ever. Archival material and interviews with members of the original production take you back thirty years to the show's simple premise, which centered on the deeply human stories of seventeen performers. The documentary then turns to the 2006 Broadway revival of the original musical, and takes you backstage to follow the stories of the dancers who auditioned for the fifteen or so spots. It begins with an open call that drew 3,000 artists, and proceeds through several call backs until the cast is finalized. Many are called but only a tiny few are chosen for the coveted opportunity.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than entertainment. May 18, 2009
I awaited this film and, as one of the hundreds of very lucky ex-dancers who once had the thrill of working "ACL", though a long time ago, this brought back so very much of a life almost forgotten by having left to "grow up" and enter the real world. A Chorus Line was the pinnacle of a career for many of us who had the honor and distinction to be a part of it, no matter how long ago. Just as the show was like no other, so this film is absolutely like no other documentary that I have seen. It is real, it is moving, it is genuine life, whether one has ever danced, never danced but wanted to, or never even considered dancing. The film highlights the universal thirst of youth and beyond for all who have ever had a dream no matter the profession, industry, or passion. It reflects the original show itself without repeating it. Thanks Michael and Bob for giving the show--and by extension this film--to all who have ever dreamed a dream. And a special thanks as well to the original Connie, the reliable Ms. B. Lee for doing your part to keep this dream alive for so many who have followed us.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it makes A Chorus Line all the better October 14, 2009
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After wiping the tears away at the end of the film, my first thought was, "This helps erase the memory of the awful film Of A Chorus Line". Having seen the show a number of times before the film adaptation, I was ready for a permanent homage to my favorite of all Broadway shows. I could have shot the director after seeing his misinterpretation of the original show. Every Little Step is even better than a film of the show could be for those of us who love it.

We are given a look into the genesis of Michael Bennett's concept. I did not know how groundbreaking A Chorus Line was until seeing this film. I think we all know about workshopping plays and shows now, but this show was the first one. Mr. Bennett sold the concept and found several years' funding to develop the show. Everyone in the Broadway community knows how hard the life of chorus dancers is and I think was interested in seeing a show that honored them. Mr. Bennett "wrote" the show by committee. The stories are true, though the film points out that he might have done a lot better giving more credit to the contributors. The concept was so compelling that Marvin Hamlisch, then making a very good living doing Hollywood films, dropped everything and went to NYC to write the music. The story about retitling one of the songs is special.

The stories about making the show and the archival films bring back wonderful memories and give great insight to the original show and the inspiration to/for the revival. Having principals from the original show staging the new one gives us a special look at why casting for this revival was so hard to do. Most important to the director and backers was whether they should even dare to try reproducing this most perfect of all Broadway shows.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the DVD to come out! May 18, 2009
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"Every Little Step" is a terrific movie. I've already seen it twice in the theater and I'm looking forward to a DVD ASAP :-D

A documentary about dancers auditioning for the revival of the musical about dancers auditioning for a musical?...it sounds insular but it's not. There is a universal appeal in following the hopeful young performers who aspire against tough odds and thousands of other dancers to land a role in A Chorus Line.

I'm a sucker for competition-type stories, and I remember seeing A Chorus Line on Broadway, so I found it fascinating to see how it all began and follow the intense, complex process of bringing a production to life.

You don't have to love musicals or dancing to enjoy this documentary. But if you do, you'll probably find it entertaining, moving, and more suspenseful than many so-called thrillers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art and life intertwined many times over June 17, 2009
If Man on Wire was the Academy Award winner for 2008's best documentary, then "Every Little Step" better be a shoo-in for 2009. We saw these two films back-to-back this past weekend and by my estimation, Step's co-directors Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern have created a more compelling film-going experience.

Art and life are intertwined here many times over - Michael Bennett's interviews of real chorus line dancers spawned the initial incarnation of the play, which grew quickly into a Broadway colossus winning a Tony for Bennett and ascending him to a Broadway pantheon reserved for its great heroes. Indeed, in this film Bennett is discussed in reverential tones. There are compelling, fascinating videos and interviews of Bennett discussing the creative process of putting 'A Chorus Line' Together. Most notably, the movie starts and ends with audio tapes of the original 12-hour session recorded by Bennett. In the world of theater, that's almost a sacred document.

With "Every Little Step," art and life get further intertwined - just as the original play pulled its stories from real dancers, the movie bookends that by pulling together the real stories behind the casting of the revival. It helps that some of the original players are here - co-casting director Bob Avian was a partner of Bennett's from the original production; and Baayork Lee - who does the choreography in the re-do - was not only 'Connie' in the original, she was also the inspiration of the Connie character. It's her voice, her story on Bennett's tape.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Every Little Step' documents the tryout process
As a fan and theater-goer, I loved this behind-the-scenes glimpse of the origins and concept of "A Chorus Line," with the focus on the audition process of the last revival... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Wayne Harada
5.0 out of 5 stars A pitch perfect film depicting the highs and lows of a stage...
This is one of my top favorite Broadway shows. The process of reviving Every Little Step with the love and reverence it deserved is spot on. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars I love dance.
I first saw this on TV and always wanted to get it. I love dance.
Published 1 month ago by Janice Warner Rosario
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!
I watched this through 3 times - it was just soooo good! After the first time through I watched Chorus Line, then watched this again, then again keeping track of who got the roles... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R.T., M.D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting documentary
Shows us the entire process of casting a Broadway show - the egos, the good intentions gone wrong - the blood, sweat and tears! Well worth a rent.
Published 2 months ago by Morty
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Broadway show!
It was a delight to go behind the scenes of my favorite show, A Chorus Line! From inception to production, including revivals, this movie explores the phenomenal success of this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anne Howe
4.0 out of 5 stars A look back stage
The viewer shares the emotions of those trying out. We enjoyed it from beginning to end. A great addition to our library.
Published 4 months ago by Bob Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary!
The raw truth about what professional Broadway actors, singers and dancers go through. Very touching biographical information about the late, great Michael Bennet.
Published 6 months ago by Franklin716
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well done!
I got to see A Chorus Line on Broadway and it was just outstanding. Loved watching this - really well done.
Published 6 months ago by Test_Gal
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt Documentary for Anyone Who Loves Theater... A Winner! It...
I saw the original Broadway production "A Chorus Line" a lifetime ago at the Schubert and have always loved this show. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James L. Mcgrath
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