ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway
"Show Business" documents four original Broadway musicals from a backstage perspective: "Wicked," the retelling of "The Wizard of Oz" from the witches' perspective; "Avenue Q," in which puppets give life lessons intended for adults; "Taboo," the glamorous saga of Boy George's musical career; and Tony Kushner's highly personal story about a black maid working for a Jewish family in the south, called "Caroline, or Change." Berinstein seems to have unlimited access to the actors, rehearsals and final productions. She captures the dreams of the dream makers from inception, all the way up to the crowning glory of the Tony Awards. With a sure hand, she conveys both the creative and technical challenges of preparing a production for the towering inferno known as Broadway. As we follow each of these shows from inspiration to opening night, the truth of the notion that theater rests on the passion of its practitioners is borne out.
Cast: Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Rosie O'Donnell, Idina Menzel, Boy George
Produced by: Alan Cumming, Wendy Riseborough
Directed by: Dori Berinstein
Written by: Dori Berinstein, Richard Hankin
Running time: 1hr 42min
Opens: May 11, 2007 NY
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