Focal Point – Every Little Step (2008)
Every Little Step is an amazing documentary that follows the plight of real-life dancers as they struggle through auditions for the Broadway revival of “A Chorus Line”. The film also looks into the history of the show and the creative minds behind the original and current incarnations.
The Kirkwood-Dante-Kleban-Hamlisch Broadway musical A Chorus Line is quite familiar, and it takes a closer look at the 17 actors auditioning for spots in a chorus line on the Great White Way. Taking us back and forth to Donn Pennebaker’s Moon Over Broadway and other similar efforts, documentarians Adam Del Deo and James D. Stern’s film Every Little Step travels behind the scenes of the auditions for a 2006 revival of A Chorus Line.
The film has been rated PG-13 for some strong language including sexual references by the MPAA. It holds the tagline, ‘The journey of ‘A Chorus Line’. The film holds a 91% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while the audience rating is slightly lower at 84%.
The film is often considered to be one of the best documentaries that have emerged from the US in recent times. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2008 and went into theatrical release with the title Broadway Broadway in Japan the following month. It was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, and the Sarasota Film Festival before going into limited release in the US on April 17, 2009.
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