ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway Reviews

  • It's all conveyed with an evenhanded, often affectionate tone. Even [Rosie] O'Donnell comes off sympathetically.

    Matt Zoller Seitz — New York Times

  • It is filled with neurotic people in greasepaint, some charming, most amusing, and by the time you've spent an hour and a half with them, you're more than invested in their lives and cares.

    Philip Kennicott — Washington Post

  • The film's slick and entertaining, an obvious must-see for musical hounds. It holds water for laypeople, though, because the insights into a communal creative process are so sharp.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Movie buffs who don't know their way around the Great White Way will be struck by the endless parallels to Hollywood in the Broadway documentary ShowBusiness.

    Matt Singer — Village Voice

  • What stands out, not surprisingly, is the work and passion that goes into the shows. But seeing all this from the inside creates an extraordinary level of empathy for those involved.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • Dori Berinstein's cameras catch gallant theater people doing what they've done since Sophocles was a pup: rehearsing, revising, worrying, learning, stretching, struggling to bump things up from good to wonderful and constantly, fervently hoping.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • In the end, I wish Berenstein had devoted her filmmaking to two musicals instead of four, thus affording even more screen time to each show's creative process (the audition process, the choreography, early rehearsals and such).

    Miriam Di Nunzio — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Much of this strikingly human, rapidly paced and laudably well-rounded film is fascinating.

    Chris Jones — Chicago Tribune

  • Dori Berinstein's fine documentary chronicles the production of four high-profile musicals during the 2003-'04 New York theater season.

    Albert Williams — Chicago Reader

  • Short on insight. You'll have to look elsewhere than this love letter to the Great White Way to explain why Wicked and Avenue Q became huge hits, and why Caroline, or Change joined Taboo as a costly flop.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Sheds much-needed light on a fascinating show-business institution.

    Frank Scheck — Hollywood Reporter

  • The film is a love letter to theater and the people who make it.

    Charles McNulty — Los Angeles Times

  • (ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway movie review at NPR.org)

    Bob Mondello — NPR.org

  • Anyone who thinks show biz is glamorous and easy should watch this film.

    Phil Hall — Film Threat

  • It whets your appetite for the stage; it certainly made me want to watch every one of these plays.

    Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone — TheMovieChicks.com

  • For those who believe there's no business like show business, this documentary will be a singular sensation.

    Joe Williams — St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • This sounds like the sort of thing that could bore to tears anyone not enamored of the musical theater, but in fact it's a compelling, often amusing look backstage.

    Marc Mohan — Oregonian

  • Thanks to Berinstein's celebratory but lucid documentary, now have a better sense of what it takes to make it on Broadway.

    Mark Keizer — Boxoffice Magazine

  • It's a rosy and warty look at what makes the big shows happen, and what makes them tick. I hope you'll see it, even if you're not 'into' musical theatre -- it's really well done.

    Karina Montgomery — Cinerina

  • Berinstein's film captures all the hopes, thrills and heartache of an endeavor in which every night is a high-wire act.

    Robert W. Butler — Kansas City Star

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