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


Dori Berinstein
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Credited cast:
Alissa Anderegg ... Self
Kristen Anderson-Lopez ... Self
Rob Ashford Rob Ashford ... Self
Chris Boneau Chris Boneau ... Self
Boy George ... Self
Ben Brantley Ben Brantley ... Self
Harrison Chad Harrison Chad ... Self
Carol Channing ... Self
Kristin Chenoweth ... Self
Wayne Cilento ... Self
Hope Clarke Hope Clarke ... Self
Jennifer Cody ... Self
Dioni Michelle Collins ... Self
Nancy Marlowe Coyne Nancy Marlowe Coyne ... Self
Alan Cumming ... Self


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

Did You Know?


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 »


Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx
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Highly recommended for parents to enjoy with their children
12 June 2007 | by gymswimSee all my reviews

A refreshingly heartfelt look at theater, the theater community and the many facets of the creative process. This documentary provides an insider view of the challenges, risks, joy, sweat, tears and dedication required in pursuing the creative process, particularly theater. It affords parents a wonderful opportunity to share an experience with their children and open a dialogue about the magic of theater and what it takes to really be good at something. The documentary proves the pompous absurdity of the media critics in the act of expressing their ignorance, lack of respect for process and how often they completely misjudge what they have seen. By tracking the evolution of several shows, the documentary allows the viewer to see the value in forming one's own opinions and what can happen by pursuing one's "truth" and making the necessary sacrifices and risks to do whatever one loves. The payoff in this movie is illustrating what beauty, spontaneity and truth can be revealed in live theater and the depth of dedication required by all of those who devote their life to it.

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19 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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$8,829, 13 May 2007

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