A Chorus Line Documentary, "Every Little Step," to Premiere in Toronto

News   A Chorus Line Documentary, "Every Little Step," to Premiere in Toronto The 2008 Toronto Film Festival will screen "Every Little Step," a new documentary tracing the recent Broadway revival and original production of A Chorus Line.

Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise in A Chorus Line.
Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise in A Chorus Line. Photo by Paul Kolnik

James D. Stern (Hairspray) and Adam Del Deo produced "Every Little Step," which traces the casting of the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line and explores Michael Bennett's original creation of the show. The 96-minute documentary includes original actor/dancer testimonials from A Chorus Line's initial workshop tapes featuring the voices of the original 1975 cast members.

Revival cast members, including Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Yuka Takara, Jason Tam and Chryssie Whitehead, appear in the documentary, as well as Tony Award-winning original A Chorus Line cast member Donna McKechnie and Baayork Lee, who staged the 2006 revival.

In addition to highlights of "I Can Do That" and "At the Ballet," "Every Little Step" features A Chorus Line's Tony-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch, who discusses the history of the musical and how "Dance: Ten; Looks: Three" almost didn't make the cut in 1975.

"Every Little Step," executive produced by Doug Hansen, Christopher Chen and John Breglio, will be presented Sept. 6, 8 and 13 as part of the Toronto Film Festival.

For tickets and further information visit TIFF08. *

A Chorus Line has a book by James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante, music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by the late Edward Kleban.

The original production of A Chorus Line opened at the Public Theater on May 21, 1975, and transferred to Broadway's Shubert Theatre on July 25. The musical won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, along with nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. It ran for nearly 15 years, closing on April 28, 1990, after 6,137 performances.

Following a six-week run at San Francisco's Curran Theatre, A Chorus Line returned to Broadway for the first time since its original record-breaking run, officially opening on Oct. 6, 2006. Restaged by Bob Avian and Baayork Lee, A Chorus Line played 18 previews and 759 regular performances at the Schoenfeld Theatre when it closed Aug. 17, 2008.