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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
    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
    The film is a love letter to theater and the people who make it.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    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. StephanieR.
    Jun 5, 2007
    Really loved this doc. It felt like a feature. What a great ride and fantastic characters I really cared about. And funny too! A rock solid 10.
  2. LeeS.
    May 16, 2007
    Brilliant! I saw it with people who don't love theatre and they loved this film!! What a ride. And so funny. Can't wait for the DVD>
  3. EmilyR.
    May 25, 2007
    I strongly recommend this film! It's not just for theater lovers. It's the best doc I've seen in years. And funny too!!
  4. BillS.
    May 13, 2007
    I like musicals, so this was really wonderful. My only complaint - keeping it from a 10 - is that it didn't go as deeply as I wanted it to, because of time. What a great series this would have been. Expand
  5. JasonR.
    Jun 26, 2007
    Great idea to follow so many shows, though it did mean that it didn't get as involved enough in each of the shows separately as I would have liked. Bill S. is right... should have been a series. Even if you haven't seen any of the shows, I'd still recommend it. You'll want to see them afterwards! (unfortunately for me - and all of us I suppose - the two I haven't seen are the ones no longer running). Expand