28 user 60 critic

Every Little Step (2008)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Music | 12 June 2009 (USA)
1:38 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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.
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.

Director: Bess Kargman
Stars: Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora
A Chorus Line (1985)
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Hopefuls try out before a demanding director for a part in a new musical.

Director: Richard Attenborough
Stars: Michael Douglas, Terrence Mann, Michael Blevins
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

This film from acclaimed theater director Lonny Price charts the journey of the original cast of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" in the 30-plus years since the musical debuted on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre in 1981.

Director: Lonny Price
Stars: Terry Finn, Ann Morrison, Tonya Pinkins
Breaking Pointe (TV Series 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Series goes behind the stage curtain for an intense, unfiltered look at one of the most competitive ballet companies in the country, Ballet West, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beneath the beauty... See full summary »

Stars: Allison DeBona, Adam Bloodgood, Paul Michael Bloodgood
Ballerina (2012)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A poetic take on a true pas de trois - the difficult balance act between human love and true artistic passion.

Director: Maja Friis
Stars: Stefanos Bizas, Stina Ekblad, Ana Sendas
Sweet Charity (1969)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Taxi dancer Charity continues to have Faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and Hope that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Fosse
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, John McMartin, Ricardo Montalban
At the Ballet (2014)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

At The Ballet is the rise and fall of a Prima ballerina.

Director: Darian Lane
Stars: Emma Sofia Fazzuoli
Documentary | History | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Ballets Russes is an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists -- now in their 70s, 80s and 90s -- who gave birth to modern ballet.

Directors: Daniel Geller, Dayna Goldfine
Stars: Irina Baronova, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Yvonne Chouteau
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A documentary about 15-year-old Oksanna who follows her mother's dream to see her become a prima ballerina.

Director: David Kinsella
Stars: Yana Alfimova, Ekaterina Deryagina, Elena Kostuk
Ballet 422 (2014)
Documentary | Music | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as emerging choreographer Justin Peck crafts a new work.

Director: Jody Lee Lipes
Stars: Justin Peck, Tiler Peck, Sterling Hyltin


Credited cast:
German Alexander ...
Himself (as German Santiago)
Bob Avian ...
Himself - Revival Director
Justin Bellero ...
Michael Bennett ...
Himself - Original Choreographer & Director (archive footage)
Jay Binder ...
Himself - Revival Casting Director
Herself (archive footage)
John Breglio ...
Himself - Revival Producer
Nigel Columbus ...
Charlotte d'Amboise ...
Herself - Cassie Auditionee
Jacques d'Amboise ...
Nicholas Dante ...
Himself (archive sound)
Herself - Maggie Auditionee
Herself - Cassie Auditionee


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The journey of 'A Chorus Line'.


Documentary | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some strong language including sexual references | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Every Little Step: The Journey of a Phenomenon  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,724,351 (USA) (2 October 2009)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


Baayork Lee (Herself): Eat nails!
See more »


References The Red Shoes (1948) See more »


Written by Michael Gore and Dean Pitchford
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Misleading; Just a play on your emotions
6 April 2009 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

The directors of Every Little Step achieve their intended goal: getting the viewer's tear ducts to well up at least a couple of times, as we observe the travail of Broadway aspirants and young veterans vying for the coveted roles in a revival of A Chorus Line. But as a film and especially as a non-fiction (documentary) film, it is a complete failure. Instead of learning something, we are treated to at best misinformation and at worst a calculated distortion of history.

First of all, a documentary about the genesis of A Chorus Line in the mid-1970s and its impact makes sense -certainly it is a pillar in Broadway history and deserves that sort of attention. Its 2006 revival made a lot of money and entertained a lot of people, but is hardly a footnote in theater history, and does not merit this attention. So the subject of this documentary takes on a more universal theme, drawn from the play of course: "I Need a Job", and how difficult it is to compete with about 3,000 other people at auditions to get one. Sounds like "American Idol" and its many early weed-out episodes each year, and that is about the level of achievement here.

The distortions are crucial errors, either of omission or just plain intentional. The writers of the play, James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, are hardly mentioned at all, and this film leads the viewer to automatically infer that Michael Bennett created A Chorus Line on the basis of his marathon audio taping session of dancers, from which the play's characters and content were derived. The dancers Tony Stevens and Michon Peacock, who concocted these tapings in the first place, also get short shrift. Of course Bennett receives and deserves the lion's share of the credit and goes into the history books as Mr. Chorus Line, but to leave out his collaborators, especially as important as Kirkwood, is ludicrous. It took Pauline Kael to point out (quite forcefully) that Citizen Kane = Orson Welles was an exaggeration, bringing screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz back into the equation. The parallel in blowing up the director's contribution here is obvious.

Similarly, there are entertaining interview segments here with composer Marvin Hamlisch, who delightfully credits Marsha Mason with making a key suggestion to Bennett re: the fate of the character Cassie -that is one of the film's most informative moments. However, the film ultimately gives Mason, just a fan in the audience basically, more time and credit for A Chorus Line than Edward Kleban, who is never mentioned at all, yet wrote the lyrics for all the songs! Pretty damning omission -reminds me of the latter-day cult of Burt Bacharach -hardly ever mentioned in tributes to BB is Hal David, who wrote all those classic lyrics to Walk On By, Look of Love, Close to You, What the World Needs Now Is Love, Do You Know the Way to San Jose and so on.

I can see the cop out already: "we weren't making a film about A Chorus Line but just about the revival". But Bennett and especially the audio tapes leading to the original are central subjects in this film, so there is no excuse for distorting the record.

I grant that there are memorable moments in Every Little Step -such as the soon-to-be-legendary footage of an audition for the role of Paul by Jason Tam. But this is just footage culled from hundreds of hours of pseudo-vérité documenting of the 2006 auditions and rehearsals. The principals, especially director Bob Avian and his casting director, are on their best behavior because the cameras are running -the supposed "truth" of what we see strikes me as about as authentic as the whole corpus of Reality TV (I'm exaggerating, but the fallacy of cinéma vérité needs to be emphasized over & over again). What we have is more of a promotional video for the revival (who needs it?) than a documentary film, with about as much value (apart from preserving Tam's highlight for future excerpting) as the thousands of Making-Of promotions created for nearly every crappy movie coming out of Hollywood.

28 of 48 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page