Directed by James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo
A singular look at the various versions of A Chorus Line
Every Little Step “pays tribute to the durability and relevance” of the Broadway musical A Chorus Line, said A.O. Scott in The New York Times. The documentary tells the “rich history” of the record-breaking musical—which opened in 1975 and ran for an unprecedented 15 years—while juxtaposing it with the casting process from the 2006 revival. Considering that A Chorus Line itself was created from the actual experiences of 17 Broadway hopefuls, the “simple and obvious” premise of Every Little Step comes to seem “inspired.” Directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo have filmed a “heart-stopping series of auditions” filled with anguish and excitement, said Joe Morgenstern in The Wall Street Journal. As in the musical, these aspirants’ stories become the film’s “dramatic substance.” The problem is that we never learn enough about the dancers themselves to care, said Kyle Smith in the New York Post. The cast of characters becomes a “blur of interchangeable cute girls and gay guys.” So instead of getting a comprehensive film, we’re left with a “souvenir scrapbook.”
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