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Every Little Step (2008)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Music | 12 June 2009 (USA)
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Follows the plight of real-life dancers as they struggle through auditions for the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line". Also investigates the history of the show and the creative minds behind the original and current incarnations.
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Himself (as German Santiago)
Bob Avian ...
Himself - Revival Director
Justin Bellero ...
Himself
Michael Bennett ...
Himself - Original Choreographer & Director (archive footage)
Jay Binder ...
Himself - Revival Casting Director
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Herself (archive footage)
John Breglio ...
Himself - Revival Producer
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Herself
Nigel Columbus ...
Himself
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Herself
Charlotte d'Amboise ...
Herself - Cassie Auditionee
Jacques d'Amboise ...
Himself
Nicholas Dante ...
Himself (archive sound)
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Herself - Maggie Auditionee
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Herself - Cassie Auditionee
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Starting at midnight January 26, 1974, dancer and choreographer Michael Bennett held a twelve-hour taped get-together with twenty-two dancers talking about themselves, he not knowing exactly where it would lead. It would become the genesis for what has become one of the most influential Broadway musicals of all time, and a show which speaks to theatrical dancers' hearts: "A Chorus Line". In 2008, a Broadway revival of the show is being mounted, with many involved in the original production part of the creative team behind the revival. The issue for the revival's creative team is to make the show and the casting fresh, while respecting the original, where the characters, their stories and their related songs all came out of the 1974 dancers' stories, they who were cast in the original production. Although the names and the faces have changed from 1974, the dancers auditioning mirror many of the stories and issues faced by those original dancers. As such, they "really want this job" as ... Written by Huggo

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The journey of 'A Chorus Line'.

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language including sexual references | See all certifications »
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12 June 2009 (USA)  »

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Every Little Step: The Journey of a Phenomenon  »

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$68,504 (USA) (17 April 2009)

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$1,724,351 (USA) (2 October 2009)
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Although this film is classified as a documentary, Charlotte d'Amboise, one of the stars of the revival of A Chorus Line, told Playbill Magazine that several scenes in the film, including the ones in which she and Jessica Lee Goldyn get phone calls informing them that they have been chosen for the cast, were staged - recreated for the documentary cameras. d'Amboise said that when they filmed her pretending to receive the news that she'd been cast, there was actually no one on the other end of the phone line with her. See more »

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Baayork Lee (Herself): Eat nails!
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Good but not great
9 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A documentary on the revival of "A Chorus Line" on Broadway in 2006. It goes over the rehearsals and has interviews with the casting directors, the dance instructor and Donna McKechnie (going over the original production). It focuses on various performers and shows their auditions. At the end we find out who gets the job--or doesn't. There's also some very grainy b&w footage from the original show.

I saw a "Chorus Line" on stage multiple times in the 1980s. I found the play funny, sad, touching and just brilliant. I haven't seen it in ages but I clearly remember all the songs and characters. This documentary only focuses on the characters who have songs. Nothing wrong with that but it gets repetitious. I don't think I can ever listen to "Dance Ten, Looks Three" or "At the Ballet" again--they're done virtually nonstop here! Also some of the scenes look very staged, the direction is clumsy and some people appear and disappear at an alarming rate. Still the interviews are fun and there are little facts dropped throughout the movie that some people might not know. The best acting done here is by Jason Tam. He doesn't sing but he has a monologue about coming out to his parents and breaks down crying (it's in the play). His acting in that was just perfect and more than a few people in my audience were crying along with him. That alone was a highlight. Worth seeing if you're a gay man or a lover of "A Chorus Line". Slightly recommended.


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