ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway
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The documentary ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway journeys behind the scenes of four Broadway productions mounted during the 2003-4 theatrical season that ultimately garnered nominations for Best Musical: Wicked, the Rosie O'Donnell/Boy George collaboration Taboo, Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change and the iconoclastic puppet review Avenue Q. The film provides a glimpse into each stage of the theatrical process for these productions - from auditions to staging to rehearsals to previews to opening night to awards season. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For those who believe there's no business like show business, this documentary will be a singular sensation."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"This is an entertaining visit to a strange planet."
‑ Misha Berson, Seattle Times
"Anyone who thinks show biz is glamorous and easy should watch this film."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Thanks to Berinstein's celebratory but lucid documentary, now have a better sense of what it takes to make it on Broadway."
‑ Mark Keizer, Boxoffice Magazine
"ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway is a tasty bonbon for theater buffs that has many fascinating backstage details."
‑ Emily S. Mendel,
"For the Broadway babies out there, ShowBusiness will make you want to schedule a trip to the Great White Way."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out
"It is filled with neurotic people in greasepaint, some charming, most amusing, and by the time you've spent an hour and a half with them, you're more than invested in their lives and cares."
‑ Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"It whets your appetite for the stage; it certainly made me want to watch every one of these plays."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"It's a rosy and warty look at what makes the big shows happen, and what makes them tick. I hope you'll see it, even if you're not 'into' musical theatre -- it's really well done."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"It's incredibly prescient of Berinstein to know where to be and get in there...It's a rosy and warty look at what makes the big shows happen, and what makes them tick. I hope you'll see it, even if you're not "into" musical theatre."
‑ Karina Montgomery,
"Bright lights, big drama. A delectable trip down Broadway."
‑ , Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Along the way, the film includes insightful observations about the creative process."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"This sounds like the sort of thing that could bore to tears anyone not enamored of the musical theater, but in fact it's a compelling, often amusing look backstage."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Berinstein's film captures all the hopes, thrills and heartache of an endeavor in which every night is a high-wire act."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"By keeping the theme squarely on the process and the toll it takes on the players, Berinstein gives viewers a captivating look behind the scenes."
‑ Jonathan W. Hickman, Entertainment Insiders
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