Are you the person that loves to share all of your Broadway knowledge at every opportunity? Well, a new documentary deep-dive into the history of Broadway from 1959 through the early 1980s is coming to PBS via its Great performances programming.
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age is a sequel to the 2003 documentary film Broadway: The Golden Age – By the Legends Who Were There which explores 1940s and 1950s Broadway through more than 100 interviews.
“Written, directed, and produced by the late filmmaker Rick McKay and hosted by two-time Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff, the new documentary is the long-awaited sequel to McKay’s award-winning 2003 film Broadway: The Golden Age – By the Legends Who Were There. This follow-up to McKay’s acclaimed oral history of Broadway continues the saga into the 60s and 70s, spotlighting beloved classic Broadway shows including Once Upon a Mattress, Bye Bye Birdie, Barefoot in the Park, Pippin, A Chorus Line, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Chicago and 42nd Street. Particular focus is placed on famed directors and choreographers Gower Champion, Bob Fosse, George Abbott, and Michael Bennett with anecdotes from 1959’s Once Upon A Mattress through 1983 when A Chorus Line became the longest-running show in Broadway history.”
The documentary features interviews and commentary from Broadway stars including Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Glenn Close, André De Shields, Jane Fonda, Robert Goulet, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen, and more. These and archival photos and footage from classic Broadway performances and their behind-the-scenes moments make this documentary a full look at this period. (Perfect for gathering info for theater-themed trivia nights!)
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age premieres Saturday, August 14 on PBS, PBS Great Performances, and the PBS Video app.