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ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  19 April 2007 (USA)
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Going behind the curtain to capture the most controversial, passionate, risky and high-profile Broadway season in decades.

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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

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The Real Drama is Behind the Curtain.

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Rated PG for language and some sexual references
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$8,829 (USA) (11 May 2007)

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$151,792 (USA) (29 February 2008)
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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 »

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The end credits are intercut with outtake footage of the film's subjects, including: a clip of "Caroline or Change" director George C. Wolfe discussing his love of dairy foods such as cheese and ice cream during a rehearsal, Alan Cumming visiting a psychic, and "Taboo" star Euan Morton lifting the kilt he wore to the Tonys to reveal that underneath, he is wearing boxer shorts with the Scottish flag on them. See more »

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Written by Boy George, John Themis and Richie Stevens
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A most excellent film...
12 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very exciting film...not the usual documentary...but a dramatic and often comedic look in to the backstage life of the Broadway musical...full of life...and most importantly...an honest view of a complicated industry...thank you Dori...it is amazing to see close up the coordination between a host of individuals...all with varied goals...working together in an exciting creative process...to watch this process be honestly and searingly recorded is a definite first...Show Business, The Road to Broadway is a MUST for anyone with an interest in the profession theatre...most especially in the musical theatre...four more different productions could not have been documented to greater effect...as well...Show Business is a loving shrine to a business/industry we all love...again...thank you Dori...and huge thanks to all those appearing in Show Business as well as the myriad of behind-the-scenes theatre makers.


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