BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE
Nostalgic Oral History
Release Date: July 02, 2004
Audience: Older children to adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Dada Films
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McKay has mixed all of these glorious reminiscences of theater life in New York City with rare clips of rehearsals and actual plays, plus a few television performances. Among the highlights are people’s recollections of performances by the legendary Laurette Taylor (THE GLASS MENAGERIE), Kim Stanley (BUS STOP), and Marlon Brando, whose naturalistic stage performances transformed acting technique. The film shows Taylor’s 1938 screen test, a scene from BUS STOP, and a recording from Brando’s performance in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. It was also great to see and hear old recordings of singers John Raitt and Robert Goulet in their prime, which give a taste of what it must have been like to hear them belt out a tune on stage.
BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE is a wonderful record of a time that has long since passed away. It is only marred by its basic humanist outlook of the theater, discussion about hanging around nightclubs after the performances, and some foul language, including a few strong profanities from a couple of Broadway’s more worldly performers.
Of course, there was another side of Broadway, with stars who had faith and values and solid family lives such as Greer Garson, Rosalind Russell and Robert Allen. In fact, Dr. Ted Baehr's father, whose stage name was Robert Allen, starred on Broadway in such classic plays as: I KILLED THE COUNT; KISS THEM FOR ME; SHOWBOAT; AUNTIE MAME; and, the revival of WHOPEE. Finally, where is the greatest of all Broadway plays, MY FAIR LADY, and one of the most beloved, PETER PAN?
BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE is a wonderful record of a time that has long since passed away. It is only marred by its humanist outlook of the theater and some foul language, including a few strong profanities from a couple of Broadway’s more worldly performers. Regrettebly, it neglect a few of the great stars and plays, such as MY FAIR LADY.