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Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003)

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In their own words, and not a moment too soon - 'Broadway' tells the stories of our theatrical legends, how they came to New York, and how they created this legendary century in American theatre. This may be the last chance that these stories may be documented, for unlike film and television, live theatre exists only in the memories of those who were there watching, or more importantly, creating this magic. 'Broadway' tells the stories of these legendary performers, composers and writers while illustrating their tales with amazing, rare, archival performance footage and these legends' own home movies and photos. Written by Anonymous

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Most of the interviewees initially declined to appear in the film. Rick McKay obtained most of them by having those who had already appeared make personal appeals to their friends, which often helped the elusive subjects overcome their reluctance. See more »

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Elaine Stritch: I think people are so STUPID when they say, "Oh, we shouldn't revive these musicals, we shouldn't revive that show." My God! There's a whole new generation in the world! They should see 'Kiss Me, Kate.' It's great theater! They should see 'Guys and Dolls.' One of the best musicals ever written. They should see 'Annie Get Your Gun.' It's a ball. This is, you know, Beethoven, this is Bach, this is, uh, somethin'! Fer chrissake...
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"Broadway" is even better!
18 September 2004 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie last year and loved it. It was before it had distribution and i have watched happily as it went on its way to national theatrical runs and great

reviews. I had heard that the filmmaker had changed it since then, but I

assumed it was minor. I am in Chicago for a gig and when I read the great

reviews in the Chicago papers today I ran to see it again - almost a year later. Amazingly, the filmmaker Rick McKay was at the theatre again! In a whole

different part of the country, as he lives in NYC and I saw the film AND him in LA. He must be the moist passionate filmmaker ever to have made this film with 100 stars and taken six years.

But, most important, the film is much, much different. it is absolutely brilliant. Moving and touching. There were people laughing and sobbing at the same

time around me. It is such a lost era and it seems even more profound a year

later. Not to mention that at least five of the stars have died in this last year, making it more precious.

The audience gave McKay a standing ovation and he regaled him with stories. I know I have friends who are going to kill me. They were so jealous when I saw an advance screening a year ago and it has been opening up in ciites all over the country but a lot of people still can't find it. SO , the good news is that McKay announced that the film comes out on DVD on November 9th. "Loaded with

extras," he said. I am counting days.

Nobody wanted to leave the theater. Everyone waited after in the lobby for

McKay and he told stories after to us. It was like we were trying to hang on to the last of this era and time in the film. I read a review on Ain't It Cool News that said this movie is a national treasure. They are right. And so is McKay. It would have all been gone were it not for this film. Thank you.


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