For anyone who loves theater, this contemporary history of Broadway is a delight! As audiences prepare for the return of live theater after an unprecedented absence of 18 months, an all-star cast tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink. On Broadway shows how this revival helped save New York City thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and the sometimes uneasy balance between art and commerce. Interviews with legends of the stage and screen including Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, and Ian McKellen take us behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from A Chorus Line to Hamilton. Archival clips of iconic performances by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones, and Mandy Patinkin punctuate this hurly-burly ride through the main street of American show business. Now that New York City is facing an uncertain path forward in its recovery from a devastating pandemic, this documentary from Academy Award-nominated director Oren Jacoby and the producers of RBG shows how Broadway led the way in the city’s last great rebirth, and provides a model of how it can come back again.
Tickets: $10 (members), $12 (nonmembers)
"Fascinating…On Broadway sure knows how to work a theater-lover’s heart."
“Though hard-hit by the pandemic, the film offers hope that a rebound is possible.”
“A must for theater aficionados. Those who have never stepped foot in Manhattan’s Theater District are bound to enjoy it too”
9/13: Q&A with director Oren Jacoby, moderated by Dori Berinstein
Monday, Sep. 13 2021, 7:00
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Oren Jacoby is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker. Among the documentaries he has written, directed and produced are: On Broadway (in release) Shadowman, (Tribeca, Amazon Prime), My Italian Secret, Constantine’s Sword, and Sister Rose’s Passion (Academy Award nominee). His films focus on personal narratives of conscience, courage, and innovation. Jacoby's stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man premiered in 2012 and won the Joseph Jefferson Award for best New Play adaptation.
This film is part of the Life on the Stage: Conversation and Film series.
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With support from: The Rea Charitable Trust