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Broadway: The Golden Age (2004)



Critic Consensus: 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 retold, as is some of the Broadway "lore of olde," such as Angela Lansbury's struggle to land a role in +Mame and the shocked reaction to +West Side Story on its opening night. In addition to footage and discussion regarding highly successful Broadway stars, a variety of actors recount their experiences and struggles in finding even a small amount of critical recognition. The cast includes Shirley MacLaine, Bea Arthur, Edie Adams, Alec Baldwin, and Kaye Ballard, and many others.
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Broadway: The Golden Age

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (22)

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

Full Review… | October 28, 2004
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.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
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.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Broadway: The Golden Age

This magical doc from director Rick McKay is some kind of miracle. McKay grew up in Indiana in the 1960's, far from the glitz of Broadway. By the time McKay got his break as a singer, writer and producer and was able to witness live theatre in New York City, most of the icons of the stage had moved on. So he set out find them. What results is the movie you have before you. McKay logged more than 250 hours of interviews with numerous legends of the stage, and added rich archival footage, including John Raitt in Carousel and Marlon Brando's legendary performance in A Streetcar Named Desire. It's two magical hours of pure brilliance. Towards the end, the legend herself Elaine Stritch scolds McKay and remarks 'For Christ's sake, Rick, don't you have enough?'. No, but what he does have is sooo worth viewing.

Manny Casillas
Manny Casillas

If you're a fan of Broadway musicals, you have to see this documentary. Rick McKay may not be the best documentary filmmaker ever, but he certainly struck gold when he found a bunch of Broadway legends from the 40s 50s and 60s to talk about the Golden Age of Broadway. This documentary goes over just about everything from how auditions worked to where the hangouts were, you feel like you get a complete history of Broadway in its heyday. This is a documentary meant for the time capsule.

Patrick Bales
Patrick Bales

fascinating documentary with an amazing bevy of theatre performers and legends.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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