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

Unrated   |    |  Documentary, History, Music

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Interviews and archival footage are used to tell the story of post-war Broadway through the 1960s.

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  • "Broadway: The Golden Age" director Rick McKay interviews cast member Carol Channing on stage after a Palm Springs screening of the film.
  • Director Rick McKay with actress Carol Burnett on the set of "Broadway: The Golden Age."
  • Director Rick McKay and actor Shirley MacLaine at LA's MGM/Sony Studio for the filming of "Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There."
  • Director Rick McKay with actor Angela Lansbury at L.A.'s Universal Studios for the filming of "Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There."
  • "Broadway: The Golden Age" director Rick McKay with cast members Maureen Stapleton and Fay Wray.
  • Composer Stephen Schwartz and Filmmaker Rick McKay honored at the New England Theatre Conference for their "Outsanding Achievement in the American Theatre" in November 2006.

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19 July 2004 | tobby10
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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