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On Broadway (2008)





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His uncle having recently died in his arms after a hard fall from a high roof, a Boston carpenter decides to pen a play about the funeral despite having no previous theater experience and only his instinct to guide him. Jack O'Toole was just an average guy from an average family, but the instant he gazed into the eyes of his dying uncle everything changed. Taken by emotion and stirred by an internal voice that encourages him to filter his pain into something creative, Jack quits his job and begins writing a play. Much to Jack's surprise, his heartfelt vision slowly comes into focus in the back room of a local pub -- the only stage he can afford. Anyone who has ever written or produced a play will likely attest to the personal toll it takes, however, and Jack is no exception. Not only does Jack's new marriage begin to suffer as a result of his creative aspirations, but his strained relationship with his own father begins to buckle under the stress as well. As the night of the big premiere looms ever closer, the vocal doubts of his family and friends do little to distract the budding playwright from telling the story that continues to weigh on his heart and mind.

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Joey McIntyre
as Jack O'Toole
Eliza Dushku
as Lena Wilson
Jill Flint
as Kate O'Toole
Mike O'Malley
as Father Rolie O'Toole
Robert Wahlberg
as Kevin Sheehan
Vincent Dowling
as Augie Burke
Nancy Carroll
as Dossie Peabody
Sean Lawlor
as Martin O'Toole
Lance Greene
as Billy O'Toole
Peter Giles
as Barry Cook
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Critic Reviews for On Broadway

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

The let's-put-on-a-show narrative is familiar but agreeable; the characters are likable, and there are some funny one-liners.

Full Review… | September 24, 2015
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The heart of On Broadway is in the right place. But when the story behind a film is more interesting than what's on the screen, that's a problem.

Full Review… | March 14, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

offers some truly sweet parts that feel like a return to the indies of the early '90s, when regional cinema still felt fresh and full of purpose.

Full Review… | March 17, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for On Broadway

When I first started watching this, I wasn't sold. But I decided to stick it out because of all the good reviews I've read, and I'm really glad I did. It takes a little while to get going, but once it does, it's beautiful. I really enjoyed this.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

[font=Comic Sans MS]Excellent story, with great direction and a fantastic cast. I believe the writer/director had also co-written Southie back in the 90's which was a well done indie.[/font]

Michael Conneely
Michael Conneely

On Broadway is a warm and affectionate film with a big heart. The bright sparks were Eliza Dushku, Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, and Lucas Caleb Rooney.

Robert Fearon
Robert Fearon

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