I hate musicals and love documentary film. Every Little Step, The Journey of A Chorus Line is a documentary DVD about the Broadway Musical and its revival and it is as good as the show itself. Whether or not you like A Chorus Line, this backstage look at the audition process and the fight for that one performance that will get you that one job is fascinating.
Every Little Step, The Journey of A Chorus Line is a bit surreal as this is a movie about the auditions for a show about the auditions for a show. Interspersed with scenes from the 8-month long audition process for the revival are sound clips from tape featuring show creator Michael Bennett talking to his dancer friends as he tried to get the stories and characters for this idea he had for a musical.
The audition process is grueling for both the performers and the audience. You get to like some of these people and are either bummed out or thrilled when he or she get the part. The final call back is perhaps the strangest part of this documentary as you can pretty much figure out who got the part even before it is announced. As someone says: You have one chance to give an opening night performance and if you do you get the job.
There are a few lessons to be learned here too. Leave your ego at the door and your insecurities locked tight unless the character is supposed to be insecure.
I was surprised however at how the whole audition process was fair. Show director Bob Avian knew a lot of the dancers auditioning but this did not cloud his judgment.
It would have been nice to see clips of the actual Broadway performances of those who got the parts but there you go.
The Every Little Step DVD makes a great gift for any dancer in your family.