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Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2004)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 8

Broadway: The Golden Age is a breezy, affectionate tribute to a sparkling array of the era's best and brightest.

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 2

Broadway: The Golden Age is a breezy, affectionate tribute to a sparkling array of the era's best and brightest.

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Directed by Rick McKay, who traveled across five continents during the documentary's production, Broadway: The Golden Age is both a celebration of current Broadway stars and a tribute to Broadway legends past. Through a plethora of interviews and vast amounts of archival footage, McKay presents a variety of factoids, anecdotes, and memories from over 100 Broadway actors, writers, and directors. The careers of Laurette Taylor, Kim Hunter, Jessica Tandy, and Marlon Brando are all animatedly

Nov 9, 2004

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For theater lovers -- on both sides of the footlights.

October 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Old-timers, showbiz buffs and big-stage wanna-bes will not be disappointed.

October 1, 2004
Detroit News
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Rather than listen to these old-timers reminisce about the good old days ... my advice is to get out and support your local thespians instead.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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McKay's straightforward cinematic valentine, which also includes rare archival stage footage, is a treat for those bedazzled by the idea of Broadway in its prime.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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[The subjects] eagerly unwind before McKay's one-man camera, reminiscing about everything from their finest hours to the days when ticket prices still ran in single digits.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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It takes more than a fan to analyze the legacy of a period. But a fan is just what it takes to indulge in that legacy, which is exactly what Broadway: The Golden Age is all about.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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It's the sort of history you could nibble on for hours.

November 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Whether it's Julie Harris weeping as she recalls an Ethel Waters performance she saw 60 years ago or Marian Seldes lamenting the cruelty of show biz or Ann Miller blithely carving a decade off her age, there's no arguing that these years were golden.

October 28, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Its appeal isn't likely to cross over to those who don't already have the Broadway bug, or share the recollections themselves.

October 14, 2004
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

I can think of no higher compliment than to report that after seeing it, I wanted to rush out and see a play.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

What makes Golden Age compelling cinema is the archival material that McKay has assembled to bind his loose and often casually unfocused interviews.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The demise of the New York theater is, of course, too complex a subject to be contained in a study of less than two hours, but this free-flowing film certainly hits the high points as it flips around its talking-head celebrity sound bites at warp speed.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

An enthralling, timeless documentary. It's the closest you'll ever get to actually being there.

September 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Modamag.com
Modamag.com

Fascinating.

August 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Packed with priceless footage.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This is a picture that devotees of the American theatre will cherish.

July 18, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Audience Reviews for Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

fascinating documentary with an amazing bevy of theatre performers and legends.
October 29, 2007
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jay nixon

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A living record of an age which unfortunately I will never be able to experience. It is true that Broadway is still with us but it pales in comparison to the stories told in this film about the "golden age".
October 28, 2007
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