Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There
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Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There
Directed by Rick McKay, who traveled across five continents during the documentary's production, Broadway: The Golden Age is both a celebration of current Broadway stars and a tribute to Broadway legends past. Through a plethora of interviews and vast amounts of archival footage, McKay presents a variety of factoids, anecdotes, and memories from over 100 Broadway actors, writers, and directors. The careers of Laurette Taylor, Kim Hunter, Jessica Tandy, and Marlon Brando are all animatedly retold, as is some of the Broadway "lore of olde," such as Angela Lansbury's struggle to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For theater lovers -- on both sides of the footlights."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"McKay's straightforward cinematic valentine, which also includes rare archival stage footage, is a treat for those bedazzled by the idea of Broadway in its prime."
‑ Misha Berson, Seattle Times
"It's the sort of history you could nibble on for hours."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"I can think of no higher compliment than to report that after seeing it, I wanted to rush out and see a play."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"An enthralling, timeless documentary. It's the closest you'll ever get to actually being there."
‑ Susan Granger,
"Old-timers, showbiz buffs and big-stage wanna-bes will not be disappointed."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"[The subjects] eagerly unwind before McKay's one-man camera, reminiscing about everything from their finest hours to the days when ticket prices still ran in single digits."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Whether it's Julie Harris weeping as she recalls an Ethel Waters performance she saw 60 years ago or Marian Seldes lamenting the cruelty of show biz or Ann Miller blithely carving a decade off her age, there's no arguing that these years were golden."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"What makes Golden Age compelling cinema is the archival material that McKay has assembled to bind his loose and often casually unfocused interviews."
‑ John Coulbourn, Jam! Movies
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Rather than listen to these old-timers reminisce about the good old days ... my advice is to get out and support your local thespians instead."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"It takes more than a fan to analyze the legacy of a period. But a fan is just what it takes to indulge in that legacy, which is exactly what Broadway: The Golden Age is all about."
‑ Kamal Al-Solaylee, Globe and Mail
"Its appeal isn't likely to cross over to those who don't already have the Broadway bug, or share the recollections themselves."
‑ Jack Zink, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The demise of the New York theater is, of course, too complex a subject to be contained in a study of less than two hours, but this free-flowing film certainly hits the high points as it flips around its talking-head celebrity sound bites at warp speed."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Packed with priceless footage."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International