Broadway: The Golden Age (2004)
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Critic Reviews for Broadway: The Golden Age
Old-timers, showbiz buffs and big-stage wanna-bes will not be disappointed.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
fascinating documentary with an amazing bevy of theatre performers and legends.
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