Broadway: The Golden Age

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

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Filmmaker Rick McKay directs this oral history about the golden age of live theater in New York City during the 1940s and '50s. The film includes interviews with the actors, singers, dancers, authors, directors and producers of some of Broadway's greatest shows, as well as reminiscences from younger actors inspired by the greats of this era. Over 100 interviews are included, from stars such as Bea Arthur, Angela Lansbury, Charles Nelson Reilly and Elaine Stritch.

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Critic Reviews for Broadway: The Golden Age

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (8)

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

    October 28, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Old-timers, showbiz buffs and big-stage wanna-bes will not be disappointed.

    October 1, 2004 | Rating: B-

    Tom Long

    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 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [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 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Broadway: The Golden Age

  • Oct 29, 2007
    fascinating documentary with an amazing bevy of theatre performers and legends.
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  • Oct 28, 2007
    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".
    John B Super Reviewer

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