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  • Summary: ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway is a feature-length documentary that examines the annual influx of ambitious, star-crossed hopefuls, scrambling for the high-board to make their big leap into everlasting limelight. (Regent Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 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.
  2. 83
    ShowBusiness is a smart, highly entertaining piece of cinema-reportage, but it never quite rises to the level of penetrating insight or emotional catharsis.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    80
    Producer/director Dori Berinstein knows her way around a Broadway show -- she's produced 11 of them, including her latest, Legally Blonde -- and her insider status no doubt helped secure behind-the-scenes access as she tracks one season in the life of four musicals, and explains the unusual level of intimacy between interviewer and subjects.
  4. Following the shows from rehearsals to Tony Awards night, she gets behind the scenes and does a good job conveying the incessant anxieties and glee of the talents involved.
  5. Reviewed by: Charkes McNulty
    70
    The film is a love letter to theater and the people who make it.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    70
    ShowBusiness is packed with telling details that the director, Dori Berinstein, was lucky to catch on camera.
  7. 50
    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.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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