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

Unrated | | Documentary, History, Music | April 2003 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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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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One filmmaker's search for a Broadway that was lost, and the 100 legends that he found... See more »


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Rick McKay approached Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Lena Horne, Sidney Poitier, June Allyson, Olivia de Havilland, Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Joel Grey, Miyoshi Umeki, Gloria DeHaven, Eartha Kitt, Eddie Bracken, Van Johnson, Patty Duke, Ossie Davis, Mickey Rooney, Cicely Tyson, Billy Dee Williams, Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Glynis Johns, Luise Rainer, Marsha Hunt, Marc Platt, Matt Mattox, Paul Newman, and Joanne Woodward for interviews, but all declined. Despite pleading from McKay and longtime friend Maureen Stapleton, Marlon Brando also declined to appear on camera, but offered suggestions and encouragement on how the film should be made. See more »

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Harold Prince: The more you know, the less you know.
Rick McKay: And you would know.
Harold Prince: And I would know.
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Followed by Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age (2017) See more »

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DVD is amazing

I saw this film in New York in June and loved it then and I just saw a press screener of the DVD - it is amazing what the filmmaker has done. In addition to being incredibly entertaining as a film, this is destined to be an invaluable historic reference. There are dozens of interviews with actors giving us a first person account of Broadway's Golden Age by those who were there, creating it.

The DVD has at leat 30 minutes of interviews with the cast of the upcoming (I hope soon) "Next Generation" including: Betty Buckley, Jason Alexander, Doug Sills, John Barrowman, Cady Huffman and Daisy Eagan. There are also deleted scenes, one has Marian Seldes on Katharine Cornell - I cannot imagine how this was not in the original film. The movie could have been twice as long and still held up. It's also fun to see the alternate ending on the DVD and the red carpet footage of the NY and LA openings. This is not a rental, you will want to own it and watch it when you want to be entertained, or inspired, or moved, or laugh. This film is incredible.


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