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Pack your bags for a trip to a Catskills summer camp where the stars of tomorrow go to prepare for their shot at the big time as filmmaker Alexandra Shiva allows viewers a fly-on-the-wall perspective of Stagedoor Manor, the illustrious training ground for such notable Hollywood heavyweights as Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Natalie Portman. This is the story of five Broadway hopefuls willing to sacrifice their sun-soaked days of carefree fun in hopes of realizing their dreams of striking it big on-stage. Though grueling days of rehearsal and a constant struggle to earn their… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"... charming documentary ..."
‑ Shauna Lyon, New Yorker
"Watching these pint-sized Lizas resuscitate a dying popular art in a ghost-town vacation resort, you don't know whether to laugh or cry for the loony resilience of the Broadway spirit."
‑ Jan Stuart, Newsday
"Totally appealing documentary on aspiring theatrical performers at summer camp."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"The documentary only scratches the surface of these lives, but it remains goodhearted and agreeable throughout."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"If you're already a self-acknowledged Theater Geek, you'll find a lot to enjoy in Stagedoor. And if you're not, you'll probably have a good time anyway."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Although Stagedoor has its enjoyable observational moments in its depiction of budding young entertainers stretching their wings, it also has an aimless quality."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Shiva has a sensitive eye for rarefied outcasts."
‑ Jorge Morales, Village Voice
"Age and experience questions aside, you want to see more really breakthrough performances."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"... bears an unfortunate resemblance to one of the ambitious three-week productions the Stagedoor Manor campers strive to put on."
‑ Merle Bertrand, Film Threat
"Shiva's most impressive achievement here is her ability to communicate universal verities through specific details."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Performing is something [these kids] need to do. And Stagedoor shows them doing it -- blindly, bravely, determinedly."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Fans of Todd Graff's endearing Camp will also enjoy Alexandra Shiva's documentary about Stagedoor Manor, the real-life Catskills summer workshop that inspired Graff's Camp Ovation."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Divas-in-training, overacting, pouting, and enough angst to fill a season of reality TV... but there are also some terrific performances by some extremely talented kids."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
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