A must-see for theater fans, Show Business: The Road to Broadway takes a look at the typically not-so-typical 2003-04 Broadway season, from the promises of the fall to the thrilling opening nights to the devastating closings to the big upsets at the Tony Awards and more. Focusing on four of the most anticipated musicals of that year -- Avenue Q, Taboo, Wicked and Caroline, or Change -- the documentary offers all the behind-the-scenes drama of a life in drama.
Filled to the brim with Big Apple stage faves and legends -- Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Raúl Esparza, Harvey Fierstein, Boy George, Tony Kushner, Idina Menzel, Euan Morton, Rosie O'Donnell, Tonya Pinkins, Anika Noni Rose, Stephen Schwartz, John Tartaglia, the list goes on -- what really sets this one apart is the presence of the highly influential (and, more often then not, equally loathed) New York stage critics. Shown periodically throughout the year, this elitist cabal chimes in with their snobbish thoughts on the season, predicting gloom and doom at every turn. But what is most enlightening here is the revelation that they are not that much different then any of the rest of us; after all, we've all gathered together in similar round table bitch sessions about what we do and do not love about the theater.
The DVD includes a host of delicious bonus materials for Broadway geeks to gorge on, including the one brief appearance of the season's man of the year (noticeably absent in the main feature), The Boy from Oz himself, Hugh Jackman.
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