"Broadway: The Golden Age" Arrives on DVD Nov. 9 with Many Bonus Features
"Broadway: The Golden Age, By the Legends Who Were There," the
acclaimed film from documentarian Rick McKay, arrives in stores on DVD
Nov. 9 on the RCA Victor label.
The documentary, which features interviews with dozens and dozens of
Broadway stars, will feature 88 minutes worth of bonus material. The
original film has a running time of 114 minutes and explores the fabled
Golden Age of Broadway. Among the stars who were interviewed for
McKay's work are Elaine Stritch, Shirley MacLaine, Ann Miller, Kim
Hunter, Jeremy Irons, Tommy Tune, Angela Lansbury, Carol Burnett,
Patricia Neal and Stephen Sondheim.
Among the bonus features to be found on the DVD: footage of the
star-studded movie premiere events, including a Sardi's bash with Peter
Jackson, Naomi Watts and Leonard Maltin; extended performance footage
of Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse; Marian Seldes discussing actress
Katharine Cornell; June Havoc discussing the Rodgers and Hart musical Pal
a deleted scene that was titled "Passing It On"; an alternate ending;
the original theatrical trailer; and Rick McKay's director commentary.
There is also 35 minutes of footage from next year's sequel film,
"Broadway: The Next Generation." That follow-up film will feature
interviews with Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, John Barrowman, Alan
Cumming, Daisy Eagan, Tovah Feldshuh, Bonnie Franklin, Joanna Gleason,
Ruthie Henshall, Cady Huffman, Cherry Jones, Michael John La Chiusa,
Patti LuPone, Cameron Mackintosh, Matthew Morrison, Christine Pedi,
Amanda Plummer, Ann Reinking, Liev Schreiber, Marc Shaiman, Douglas
Sills, Mary Testa, Marissa Jaret Winokur, George C. Wolfe and Karen
Rick McKay — a native of Beach Grove, Indiana — arrived in New York
1981 and was disappointed to realize that the Broadway of his boyhood
dreams had been replaced by rock operas and musicals that celebrated
felines over humans. With no crew, no budget and one digital camera,
McKay’s search to determine whether a Golden Age ever really existed
brought the former actor-singer to four continents. That five-year
journey featuring interviews with over 100 theatrical legends is
captured in "Broadway: The Golden Age."
Among the film's highlights: Shirley MacLaine recalls her
star-making performance in The Pajama Game when she filled in
for the injured Carol Haney. Lainie Kazan remembers the despair of
being replaced out-of town in Seesaw
by a young Michele Lee. Robert Goulet remembers his audition for and
co-star Richard Harris' reaction to his reading for the role of Camelot’s
Lancelot. Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince and Chita Rivera all relate
stories about the groundbreaking musical West Side Story.
And, Angela Lansbury explains nabbing the only role that she ever
desperately wanted: Mame in Jerry Herman's Tony-winning musical.