“Stage Debut” ( Eng. Stepping Out ) - a film , a musical directed by Lewis Gilbert . The script was written by Richard Harris based on his play of the same name.
|Genre||musical , comedy|
|Producer||John Dark |
|In the main|
|Film company||Paramount pictures|
Mavis, the main character of the film, was a promising actress on Broadway shows. At that moment, when the real great success was already close, it so happened that she fell in love and got married. Following her husband, Mavis ended up in Buffalo , far from the center of theatrical life.
Mavis found consolation in giving step lessons to ordinary people. Her students and students: a clerk and a librarian, a nurse and a housewife. All of them are people of difficult fate and Mavis asks them to share their problems during classes.
One day, Mavis's class is asked to speak at a charity evening. This is the first appearance in front of a large audience and she is carefully preparing for the performance ...
Roger Ebert spoke coolly of the film as an inept attempt to film the provincial Corps de ballet . The star of the film Lisa Minnelli draws all the audience's attention and the other characters look very pale against her background. The time of these musicals has already passed and Minnelli’s talent alone does not draw the picture.
The plot is quite far from the play, based on which the film was created. So in the play, attention is focused mainly on the out-of-work problems of the dance class students, while in the film, according to the laws of the musical, much more time is devoted to musical and dance numbers.
- Lisa Minnelli - Mavis Turner
- Bill Irwin - Jeffrey
- Ellen Green - Maxine
- Jane Krakowski - Lynn
- Julie Walters - Vera
- Andrea Martin - Dorothy
- Shelley Winters - Mrs. Fraser
Awards and nominations
- 1976 - BAFTA Award Nominations
- Best Supporting Actress - Julie Walters