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

Unrated | | Documentary, History, Music | April 2003 (USA)
Interviews and archival footage are used to tell the story of post-war Broadway through the 1960s.


Rick McKay


Rick McKay
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Release Date:

April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broadway See more »

Filming Locations:

Cork, County Cork, Ireland See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,524, 13 June 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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19 July 2004 | by tobby10See all my reviews

This movie is a valentine to all who love Broadway. Whether you're an actor, a writer, a director or even just an enthusiastic member of the audience, it is impossible not to be affected by this film. This is easily the most important film about theatre of all time. The stories told by these Broadway stars are wonderful. It's amazing Rick McKay has been able to capture everything in one film. I, for one, wished it would never end. I wanted to hear more stories, see more footage and continue to learn what it was like to be on Broadway in those days. The film did a great job of transporting you to those olden days when these stars were just starting out. It's so interesting to hear about how Carol Burnett shared a single dress with her four roommates and took turns wearing it to auditions. And how Shirley MacClaine used to make herself lemonade, asking only for the lemon and using her water and sugar to mix. My favorite part of the film was about the hangouts. Wallgreens Drugstore was a huge hangout for everyone. They all remember what it used to be like, going in there and seeing everyone, getting all the gossip and news regarding what shows were coming in and what was leaving. Great stuff. This is one of the best films I've seen in my life. I dare anyone to watch it and not adore it. If you don't love it, there is seriously something wrong with your life. This is what a real documentary should be and more-- a true testament to the enduring art of theatre. It ensures that it will never die but live on. And even though there will only be one Golden Age, there are still many more ages to come.

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