Sony to Release Chorus Line Documentary, "Every Little Step"

News   Sony to Release Chorus Line Documentary, "Every Little Step"
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the rights to the James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo A Chorus Line documentary, "Every Little Step."

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

Variety reports that Sony Pictures Classics purchased the North American and Australian rights to the 96-minute documentary that will likely be released in spring 2009 to coincide with the Tony season.

"Every Little Step" traces the casting of the 2006 Broadway revival of A Chorus Line and explores the late Michael Bennett's creation of the original production. The documentary includes testimonials from A Chorus Line's initial workshop tapes, which feature 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, made its debut at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this month. *

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.

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