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Broadway: The Golden Age Reviews

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June 26, 2004
there's too little discipline here, and the parade of talking heads is too lost in nostalgia to be all that helpful
| Original Score: 3/5
June 25, 2004
It's like a love letter to live theatre. If you can recall the first time you saw a play that knocked your socks off, you'll probably get a kick out of this documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 7, 2004
Overstuffed with star power, but curiously lacking in focus.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 8, 2004
The autograph-hound sensibility that colors [McKay's] interviews ... provokes mostly unmemorable nostalgia from his roster of geriatric luminaries.
June 24, 2004
What could have introduced a young audience to the Broadway songs of yesteryear instead focuses on talking heads well past their Broadway prime.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 14, 2004
Its appeal isn't likely to cross over to those who don't already have the Broadway bug, or share the recollections themselves.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 10, 2004
More archival footage and fewer talking heads would have made it more watchable, and most viewers under 60 will be mightily confused as to who many of these people are.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 1, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2/4
October 28, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2004
If you love the theater, you've got to see the film and simply enjoy as everyone from A (Edie Adams) to Z (Karen Ziemba) holds forth.
September 24, 2004
[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 | Original Score: 3/5
June 11, 2004
A look at show business through rose-colored glasses
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2004
An enthralling, timeless documentary. It's the closest you'll ever get to actually being there.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
June 3, 2004
It's one for the time capsule.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 10, 2004
The best way to approach Broadway -- The Golden Age (and the movie is fun, despite its messiness) is to enjoy it as a fan's worshipful notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 11, 2004
The strength of McKay's film is not in identifying a cultural period, but in giving voice to so many great theater people.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 11, 2004
A delightful 'That's Entertainment' for the theater, offering priceless interviews with a who's who of entertainers and behind-the-scenes talent, as well as tantalizing snippets of long-ago performances.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 11, 2004
If you've ever fantasized about sitting in an all-night deli listening to veteran theater people dish and reminiscence about the Great White Way in mid-20th century bloom, filmmaker Rick McKay's cascading cavalcade of talking heads is the next best thing.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 23, 2004
It's the videotaped equivalent of a primary research data dump. But to quote Bette Davis by way of Edward Albee: What a dump.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2004
The stories they tell in this warm, evocative documentary crackle with humor and glow with reverence. By listening to those stories, you'll glow too.
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