Stagedoor (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 24, 2006
DVD Release Date: August 22, 2006
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Shauna Lyon
New Yorker

... charming documentary ...

Jan Stuart

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.

Louis Proyect

Totally appealing documentary on aspiring theatrical performers at summer camp.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Although Stagedoor has its enjoyable observational moments in its depiction of budding young entertainers stretching their wings, it also has an aimless quality.

Jorge Morales
Village Voice

Shiva has a sensitive eye for rarefied outcasts.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Age and experience questions aside, you want to see more really breakthrough performances.

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Joe Leydon

Shiva's most impressive achievement here is her ability to communicate universal verities through specific details.

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Performing is something [these kids] need to do. And Stagedoor shows them doing it -- blindly, bravely, determinedly.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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Sunil Jawahir
I LOVED this movie and I usually don't do documentaries. It's pretty misleading to list all of it's major alumni like they appear in this movie… More