Several Broadway fan-favorite Broadway shows are working hard to reopen in September, but even with all of the support and excitement, things are still uncertain. The question of whether or not theaters could or will have to shut their doors again is on everyone’s mind from cast and production staff to fans.
A new documentary about Broadway’s history hopes to shine some light on what it looks like when Broadway is struggling and highlight how strong it is. Only time can answer whether or not Broadway’s September reopenings will be a success or how long they will be able to continue, but as the documentary shows, Broadway isn’t immune to hardship, but with love, support, and passion, it can find highs to match every low. Directed by Oren Jacoby, On Broadway looks at post-Golden Age Broadway and how a change in popular tastes spelled doom for some shows (only for Broadway to regain its success later on). “The story of that resilience is really the message,” Oren told AP. “And we hope that inspires people and will make them want to support the arts and want to go back to Broadway.”
“For anyone who loves theater, this contemporary history of Broadway is a pure joy! As audiences prepare for the return of live theater after an unprecedented absence of 18 months, an all-star cast tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink. On Broadway shows how this revival helped save New York City, thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and the sometimes uneasy balance between art and commerce. Interviews with legends of the stage and screen, including Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, and Ian McKellen take us behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from A Chorus Line to Hamilton. Archival clips of iconic performances by Lin Manuel Miranda, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones and Mandy Patinkin punctuate this hurly-burly ride through the main street of American show business. Now that New York City is facing an uncertain path forward in its recovery from a devastating pandemic, this documentary from Academy Award®-nominated director Oren Jacoby and the producers of RBG shows how Broadway led the way in the city’s last great rebirth and provides a model of how it can come back again.”
On Broadway premieres in New York City on August 20, 2021 and will open in Los Angeles and Long Island on August 27. It will make its way to more theatres across the country on September 3. Locations, tickets, and home streaming options are available via Kino Marquee.