ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007)



Critic Consensus: Made with obvious care and attention, Showbusiness is an entertaining, insightful look into Broadway.

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"Show Business" documents four original Broadway musicals from a backstage perspective: "Wicked," the retelling of "The Wizard of Oz" from the witches' perspective; "Avenue Q," in which puppets give life lessons intended for adults; "Taboo," the glamorous saga of Boy George's musical career; and Tony Kushner's highly personal story about a black maid working for a Jewish family in the south, called "Caroline, or Change." Berinstein seems to have unlimited access to the actors, rehearsals and final productions. She captures the dreams of the dream makers from inception, all the way up to the crowning glory of the Tony Awards. With a sure hand, she conveys both the creative and technical challenges of preparing a production for the towering inferno known as Broadway. As we follow each of these shows from inspiration to opening night, the truth of the notion that theater rests on the passion of its practitioners is borne out.
PG (for language and some sexual references)
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Critic Reviews for ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (22)

For those who believe there's no business like show business, this documentary will be a singular sensation.

October 1, 2007
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

For the Broadway babies out there, ShowBusiness will make you want to schedule a trip to the Great White Way.

Full Review… | July 11, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Bright lights, big drama. A delectable trip down Broadway.

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

This is an entertaining visit to a strange planet.

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It is filled with neurotic people in greasepaint, some charming, most amusing, and by the time you've spent an hour and a half with them, you're more than invested in their lives and cares.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Along the way, the film includes insightful observations about the creative process.

Full Review… | June 8, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway


very interesting movie about the road to a hit musical. I do wish it would have been more drama heavy with the backstage drama with Taboo and how different the San Francisco Wicked was then the final production

Paul McGuire
Paul McGuire

This was a really good look into the world of Broadway musicals. Some of the transitions were a little weird and sometimes it felt a little rushed,b tu I really liked it.

Katie B
Katie B

Pretty cool.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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