Editors' pick

Every Little Step

Every Little Step movie poster
MPAA rating: PG-13
Genre: Documentary
A documentary following aspiring dancers as they attempt to get a spot in the Broadway revival of "A Chorus Line."
Starring: Natascia Diaz, Bob Avian
Director: Adam Del Deo, James D. Stern
Running time: 1:36

Editorial Review

"God, I'm a dancer!/A dancer dances!" goes the memorable lyric from "A Chorus Line," the landmark Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. But as the filmmakers reveal in "Every Little Step," a thoroughly engrossing documentary about the origins and casting of the show's 2006 Broadway revival, a dancer also worries a lot and paces a lot and prays a lot and cries a lot.

The film cleverly and affectionately borrows from the musical's plot to lay out in fascinating detail the painstaking, months-long audition process through which the revival's cast was built.

You might think, from the endless audition chronicles of "American Idol" and "America's Got Talent," that you have witnessed all the trying-out you'll ever need. Yet there's a rawness and vitality to the hope and ambition depicted in "Every Little Step" that on "Idol" frequently comes across as ginned up for the cameras. The film is an exemplary vehicle, too, for anyone seeking an understanding of how serious -- and serendipitous -- decisions about the casting of a big Broadway show can be.

Much of the movie concentrates on the auditioning dancers themselves, who, like the characters they seek to play, really need this job. At the final callbacks, the cameras follow several dancer-actresses vying for the same roles. Their collective hunger is such that a moviegoer not only exults for those luckily cast but also grieves for the worthy cast-asides.

-- Peter Marks (May 22, 2009)

Contains strong language, including sexual references.