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Broadway: The Golden Age Reviews

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 28, 2004
For theater lovers -- on both sides of the footlights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Arizona Republic
October 19, 2004
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 1, 2004
Old-timers, showbiz buffs and big-stage wanna-bes will not be disappointed.
| Original Score: B-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
September 24, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
September 24, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 17, 2004
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 29, 2004
While less than artfully composed, Rick McKay's homegrown documentary about the glory days of the American theater represents an invaluable oral history.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
July 9, 2004
Theater fans, whose numbers continue to dwindle, will cherish the rest of Broadway as a remembrance of a great time long gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2004
In what must have been a daunting challenge, given the richness of the material, McKay managed to cull from more than 250 hours of footage an admirably comprehensive and revealing documentary running a taut 110 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
June 30, 2004
With all those heads talking, there's precious little time for singing and dancing, though more than enough for a consensus to form around cherished memories of the bigger personalities.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
June 29, 2004
Perhaps the screen's most authoritative encapsulation of Broadway history and an intimately resonant one.
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Tom Sime
Dallas Morning News
June 24, 2004
Manages to immerse us in the moment, Broadway from the late '40s to the mid-'60s, even if we weren't there.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 17, 2004
Riveting, historically valuable and heart-skippingly exhilarating.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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
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Charles McNulty
Village Voice
June 8, 2004
The autograph-hound sensibility that colors [McKay's] interviews ... provokes mostly unmemorable nostalgia from his roster of geriatric luminaries.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 3, 2004
It's one for the time capsule.
| Original Score: 3.5/4