Where filmmaker Sir Richard Attenborough failed, the new film Every Little Step succeeds in making an engrossing movie of A Chorus Line. With its 1975 premiere, A Chorus Line became one of Broadways biggest hits, winning a Pulitzer and multiple Tonys and running for a record-breaking 6,137 performances. It dramatized the dance auditions for a glitzy musical, put the audience inside the theatrical creative process and, consequently, seemed utterly unfilmable. Attenboroughs 1985 adaptation felt artificial rather than immediate, and seemed to confirm that A Chorus Line belonged on the stage.
Directed by Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern, best known for their basketball documentary The Year of the Yao, Every Little Step has the ingenious premise of dramatizing the behind-the-scenes preparations for A Chorus Lines 2006 revival. For the initial auditions, 3,000 aspiring dancers line up around the block, putting themselves in the same position as A Chorus Lines characters. Every Little Step captures the white-knuckle, American Idol-style suspense of performance competition while doing justice to the demands on a dancers life.
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(Photo by Paul Kolnik, 2006 ©/Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)
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