"Broadway: The Golden Age" Documentary Premieres on WNET March 12

News   "Broadway: The Golden Age" Documentary Premieres on WNET March 12 "Broadway: The Golden Age, By the Legends Who Were There," the acclaimed film from documentarian Rick McKay, will make its New York City television premiere on WNET/Channel 13 on March 12 at 8 PM.

The documentary, which features interviews with dozens and dozens of Broadway stars, will be rebroadcast March 13 at 1:30 PM and March 15 at 8 PM; check local listings. The film explores the fabled Golden Age of Broadway. Among the stars who were interviewed are Elaine Stritch, Shirley MacLaine, Ann Miller, Kim Hunter, Jeremy Irons, Tommy Tune, Angela Lansbury, Carol Burnett, Patricia Neal and Stephen Sondheim.

McKay — a native of Beach Grove, Indiana — arrived in New York in 1981 and was disappointed to realize that the Broadway of his boyhood dreams had been replaced by rock operas and musicals that celebrated felines over humans. With no crew, no budget and one digital camera, McKay’s search to determine whether a Golden Age ever really existed brought the former actor-singer to four continents. That five-year journey featuring interviews with over 100 theatrical legends is captured in "Broadway: The Golden Age."

Among the film's highlights: Shirley MacLaine recalls her star-making performance in The Pajama Game when she filled in for the injured Carol Haney. Lainie Kazan remembers the despair of being replaced out-of town in Seesaw by a young Michele Lee. Robert Goulet remembers his audition for and co-star Richard Harris' reaction to his reading for the role of Camelot’s Lancelot. Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince and Chita Rivera all relate stories about the groundbreaking musical West Side Story. And, Angela Lansbury explains nabbing the only role that she ever desperately wanted: Mame in Jerry Herman's Tony-winning musical.

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