It has been 35 years since “A Chorus Line” wowed and conquered audiences. “Every Little Step” takes us behind the scenes, where we witness the grueling audition process for the Broadway show’s current revival.
Though some may view the documentary purely as a money-making gimmick, directors James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo have crafted something more interesting and, above all, more profound.
In addition to showing cuts from more than 3,000 auditions for the revival, Stern and Del Deo unearth audition footage where we see and hear from the creator of the original show, Michael Bennett, who died from AIDS-related complications in 1987.
‘Every Little Step’
DIRECTED BY James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo
STARRING Bob Avian, Michael Bennett, Charlotte d’Amboise, Jason Tam
RUNNING TIME 96 minutes
The show’s most moving moments arrive when Paul (a character based on Bennett and played in the current production by Jason Tam) recalls the time his father encounters, and lovingly accepts, his boy’s homosexuality. When we recall how hard it was for a boy and his dad to deal directly with this issue, the scene resonates with even more poignancy.
If you stand back, you may discover or remind yourself that “Every Little Step” is mainly about rejection. Ironically, the failure is a testament to the hope and endurance of the human spirit.
Children, especially, can benefit knowing that even the very talented do not always make the first team.
Triumphant joy rarely attends traditional first-place victory. The enduring victory is in mustering the courage to embark on the journey itself.
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