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ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 21, 2007
Show Business misses lots of fascinating stuff.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Miriam Di Nunzio
Chicago Sun-Times
June 8, 2007
In the end, I wish Berenstein had devoted her filmmaking to two musicals instead of four, thus affording even more screen time to each show's creative process (the audition process, the choreography, early rehearsals and such).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
June 7, 2007
Does nothing to analyze why 'Wicked' and 'Avenue Q' became monster hits and the others didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 11, 2007
Short on insight. You'll have to look elsewhere than this love letter to the Great White Way to explain why Wicked and Avenue Q became huge hits, and why Caroline, or Change joined Taboo as a costly flop.
| Original Score: 2/4
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David Fear
Time Out
May 10, 2007
Even blessed with an all-access pass, ShowBusiness is incapable of being considered anything besides a hooray-for-Broadway memento.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Gianni Truzzi
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 28, 2007
The star-struck [Dori] Berinstein squanders her opportunity to ask some tough questions about the state of, and prospects for, the American musical.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
June 30, 2007
By keeping the theme squarely on the process and the toll it takes on the players, Berinstein gives viewers a captivating look behind the scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
August 30, 2007
Thanks to Berinstein's celebratory but lucid documentary, now have a better sense of what it takes to make it on Broadway.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 7, 2007
Dori Berinstein's cameras catch gallant theater people doing what they've done since Sophocles was a pup: rehearsing, revising, worrying, learning, stretching, struggling to bump things up from good to wonderful and constantly, fervently hoping.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
May 10, 2007
This is a film that will appeal to anyone who is an aficionado of the theater or of show music.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chris Barsanti
May 10, 2007
For theater types ... it would be hard to imagine a better film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
June 27, 2007
Showbusiness: The Road to Broadway is essentially a valentine to a profession that filmmaker Dori Berinstein loves and admires.
| Original Score: 6/10
Cole Smithey
June 8, 2007
Even audiences not enamored with Broadway musicals could find Dori Berinstein's documentary, about the trajectory of four Broadway shows, entertaining and informative.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Raven Snook
TV Guide
May 11, 2007
It's riveting to watch the shows' respective creators work, clash, whine, celebrate and commiserate as the season and their stories unfold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emily S. Mendel
July 21, 2007
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway is a tasty bonbon for theater buffs that has many fascinating backstage details.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 1, 2007
'ShowBusiness,' a fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary about Broadway, is a special treat for people who love musicals, whether live or onscreen.
Kent Turner
May 11, 2007
For ... those who have been away from the Great White Way, it will be like reading a whole season's worth of Playbills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Gene Seymour
May 10, 2007
Even though the theater season it chronicles is four years old, Dori Berinstein's lively documentary still is fun to watch as it breezes through the ups and downs of Avenue Q, Wicked, Taboo and Caroline, or Change.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 11, 2007
What stands out, not surprisingly, is the work and passion that goes into the shows. But seeing all this from the inside creates an extraordinary level of empathy for those involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 11, 2007
Made with care and affection.
| Original Score: 3/4
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