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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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19 April 2007 (USA)  »

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Showbiznes: Droga na Broadway  »

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


$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 »

Crazy Credits

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 »


The Avenue Q Theme
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
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Performed by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
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entertaining and informative
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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.

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