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ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway Reviews

October 2, 2007
For those who believe there's no business like show business, this documentary will be a singular sensation.
July 12, 2007
For the Broadway babies out there, ShowBusiness will make you want to schedule a trip to the Great White Way.
June 30, 2007
Bright lights, big drama. A delectable trip down Broadway.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 29, 2007
This is an entertaining visit to a strange planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 21, 2007
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.
June 8, 2007
Along the way, the film includes insightful observations about the creative process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
June 8, 2007
The film's slick and entertaining, an obvious must-see for musical hounds. It holds water for laypeople, though, because the insights into a communal creative process are so sharp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 8, 2007
Sheds much-needed light on a fascinating show-business institution.
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.
June 7, 2007
Dori Berinstein's fine documentary chronicles the production of four high-profile musicals during the 2003-'04 New York theater season.
June 7, 2007
Much of this strikingly human, rapidly paced and laudably well-rounded film is fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2007
The film is a love letter to theater and the people who make it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 24, 2007
Following the shows from rehearsals to Tony Awards night, [director Dori Berenstein] gets behind the scenes and does a good job conveying the incessant anxieties and glee of the talents involved.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 12, 2007
A smart, highly entertaining piece of cinema-reportage.
Read More | Original Score: B+
May 11, 2007
Made with care and affection.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
May 11, 2007
It's all conveyed with an evenhanded, often affectionate tone. Even [Rosie] O'Donnell comes off sympathetically.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 8, 2007
Movie buffs who don't know their way around the Great White Way will be struck by the endless parallels to Hollywood in the Broadway documentary ShowBusiness.