Adam del Deo and James D. Stern’s 2008 documentary Every Little Step follows a group of young performers as they try out for a revival of A Chorus Line—which means that it’s a film about auditioning for a Broadway show about auditioning for a Broadway show. And it’s a darn good one, too. Stern and del Deo take a fairly unimaginative approach to the subject: Talking heads talk, young hopefuls sing and dance, some people get cut, some people get jobs, and everybody cries. But theater geeks should appreciate the detailed history of the original show, which is covered via retrospective interviews and audio excerpts from the conversations between Broadway babies that inspired A Chorus Line. The documentary features several high-quality performances of the show’s now-classic songs, and some genuine drama as the mob of auditioners gets thinned-out. Even people unfamiliar with A Chorus Line ought to be caught up in the suspense over who’s in, given that so many of these singers and dancers have pinned all their hopes on a callback. In that way, Every Little Step mirrors A Chorus Line, a musical that’s provided aspiring theater geeks with moments of stark self-recognition for decades now. Every Little Step airs on Starz’s Indieplex at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.
November 19, 2014 Cable Pick Of The Day