MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,490 this week

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007)

7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 295 users   Metascore: 73/100
Reviews: 6 user | 19 critic | 14 from Metacritic.com

Going behind the curtain to capture the most controversial, passionate, risky and high-profile Broadway season in decades.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 630 titles
created 26 Oct 2011
 
a list of 899 titles
created 23 Nov 2011
 
a list of 1896 titles
created 11 Nov 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 11 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007)

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Herself
...
Herself
Rob Ashford ...
Himself
Chris Boneau ...
Himself
Ben Brantley ...
Himself
Harrison Chad ...
Himself
...
Herself
...
Herself
...
Himself
Hope Clarke ...
Herself
...
Herself
...
Herself
Nancy Marlowe Coyne ...
Herself
...
Himself
...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

Follows the four high-profile productions that would eventually become Tony nominees for Best Musical of 2004: "Wicked," (currently the highest grossing musical of all time), the Rosie O'Donnell/Boy George musical brought from London, "Taboo," Tony Kushner's "Caroline, or Change," and a grown-up puppet show called "Avenue Q." Digging behind the scenes, from casting and out-of-town previews to the suspense-filled Tony Awards, "ShowBusiness" provides an engrossing look at the inner workings of Broadway musicals. Listening in to critics around the dinner table, interviews with the creators, footage of rehearsals and openings all combine to make this one of the most entertaining documentaries (and dramas) about the world of musical theater. Written by Andrew Stephens

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Real Drama is Behind the Curtain.

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some sexual references
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$8,829 (USA) (11 May 2007)

Gross:

$151,792 (USA) (29 February 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The song that Idina Menzel sings over the credits is a much-changed version of "Lullaby of Broadway," written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren. The song originally appeared in the Warner Brothers film Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)and won the 1936 Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was one of many Warren and Dubin songs eventually included in the 1980 musical "42nd Street" (based mostly, but not entirely, on their 1933 movie of the same name). The version that Menzel sings in this documentary was arranged by Jan Folkson and Jeanine Tesori and given an almost entirely new tune, as well as some new lyrics - a spoken interlude drawn from Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay's 1920 poem "On Broadway;" Billy Porter performed the McKay portion of the song. See more »

Crazy Credits

At one point during the end credits, the recording session for Idina Menzel's version of "Lullaby of Broadway" is shown. See more »

Soundtracks

Lullaby of Broadway
Written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren
Arranged by Jan Folkson and Jeanine Tesori
Performed by Idina Menzel
Vocals: Cheyenne Jackson, Gerti Lee James, Angela Lockett, Jason Paige,
John E. Parker, Rene Rodriguez and Shayna Steele
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
entertaining and informative
28 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This documentary is perfect for both theater people and non-theater people --- really, anybody who's ever gone to a musical and had a good time. It gives a pretty good account of the long, sometimes arduous process of writing, rehearsing, and staging a musical. It's informative, it's entertaining, it's funny. It's very inspiring to see a group of people doing what they love to do (it's like Man on Wire in that sense), but it's very honest about the fact that shows close early, people can be out on the streets pretty quickly, and there is a sense of sadness as well as joy to the film.

The only reason I don't give it ten stars is that its issues are not as important as, say, "When the Levee Broke" or "Sicko." But it does what it sets out to do, is well worth watching, and I know I'll be watching it more than once.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
When will this be on DVD? doreen_waver
Theaters? MeredithMonster
Soundtrack!!!!! alexander-70
John Tartaglia's Tony Faces theatrebum263
On DVD 10/16/07 idolx
Taboo victor-41

Contribute to This Page