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Every Little Step (10/10)
by Tony Medley
Run Time 96 minutes.
I like pretty much anything about Broadway
musicals. I like the PBS shows of cast recordings. I like movies and
shows about how plays are made. This is a movie about how a revival of
“The Chorus Line” was cast. It is drop-dead fascinating, actually much
more entertaining than the musical about which it is made.
It starts with a tape recording director
Michael Bennett made on January 18, 1974 when he called 18
dancers together in an empty exercise center in Manhattan, and got them
to tell their stories as the basis for what became “The Chorus Line.”
These people are the “gypsies” who are the heart and sole of the
Broadway musical. They travel from musical to musical to form the
essential background behind the stars.
For the next 12
hours on that early winter morning in 1974, Bennett and his fellow
dancers talked about their lives, revealing an incredible amount of
information about their personal histories, their motivation to perform
and their dreams. The process of discovery revealed that the faceless
chorus was composed of individuals with wit and abundant humanity, each
with a special story to tell.
these conversations and collaborated with Nicholas Dante to write A
Chorus Line. His long time associate Bob Avian helped choreograph the
show. Multiple Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch was
brought on to fashion the score, and Ed Kleban contributed the Lyrics.
The team began intense workshops with the cast before the script and
songs were even finished.
I have to say right here that “The Chorus
Line” is not one of my favorites. I wouldn’t walk across the street to
see the play or the movie (and I’ve seen both). But I would walk a lot
further to see this movie.
We see auditions for each of the major
roles, from the first cattle call, then to subsequent auditions as the
applicants are narrowed down. Finally it comes down to the final two or
three for each of the roles and by this time we’ve gotten to know each
of the contestants through interviews which are frank, revealing, and
What is remarkable and admirable is how
these people put everything they have into every audition. Dustin
Hoffman, for one, has called auditioning “the lowest depths of misery.”
It’s awe-inspiring to see them throw caution to the wind and let it all
If you like Broadway, this is a movie you