Anyone who thinks show biz is glamorous and easy should watch this film.
| Original Score: 3/5
It whets your appetite for the stage; it certainly made me want to watch every one of these plays.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
For those who believe there's no business like show business, this documentary will be a singular sensation.
This sounds like the sort of thing that could bore to tears anyone not enamored of the musical theater, but in fact it's a compelling, often amusing look backstage.
| Original Score: B+
Thanks to Berinstein's celebratory but lucid documentary, now have a better sense of what it takes to make it on Broadway.
It's a rosy and warty look at what makes the big shows happen, and what makes them tick. I hope you'll see it, even if you're not 'into' musical theatre -- it's really well done.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Berinstein's film captures all the hopes, thrills and heartache of an endeavor in which every night is a high-wire act.
| Original Score: 3/4
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway is a tasty bonbon for theater buffs that has many fascinating backstage details.
For the Broadway babies out there, ShowBusiness will make you want to schedule a trip to the Great White Way.
It's incredibly prescient of Berinstein to know where to be and get in there...It's a rosy and warty look at what makes the big shows happen, and what makes them tick. I hope you'll see it, even if you're not "into" musical theatre.
By keeping the theme squarely on the process and the toll it takes on the players, Berinstein gives viewers a captivating look behind the scenes.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Bright lights, big drama. A delectable trip down Broadway.
This is an entertaining visit to a strange planet.
| Original Score: 3/4
Showbusiness: The Road to Broadway is essentially a valentine to a profession that filmmaker Dori Berinstein loves and admires.
| Original Score: 6/10
A fascinating document about the constant tussle between the show and the business of showbiz.
It is filled with neurotic people in greasepaint, some charming, most amusing, and by the time you've spent an hour and a half with them, you're more than invested in their lives and cares.
Along the way, the film includes insightful observations about the creative process.
It's an entertaining primer on the surprisingly arduous process, as well as a glimpse into the involvement of folks like Rosie O'Donnell, Boy George, Alan Cumming and Idina Menzel.
| Original Score: 8/10
The film's slick and entertaining, an obvious must-see for musical hounds. It holds water for laypeople, though, because the insights into a communal creative process are so sharp.
Gives a strong impression of the atmosphere, excitement and complexity of a Broadway production.