Duplex to Screen “Broadway: The Golden Age” Jan. 30; Filmmaker McKay Guests

News   Duplex to Screen “Broadway: The Golden Age” Jan. 30; Filmmaker McKay Guests
The Duplex Cabaret Theatre will continue its Cinema Duplex series with a screening of Rick McKay’s "Broadway: The Golden Age, By the Legends Who Were There."

The Jan. 30 event will feature an interview with filmmaker McKay prior to the screening. Show time is 8 PM. The documentary features interviews with dozens and dozens of Broadway stars, including 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Indiana — arrived in New York in 1981 and was disappointed to realize that the Broadway of his boyhood dreams had been replaced by rock operas and musicals that celebrated felines over humans.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.

The Duplex Cabaret Theatre is located at 61 Christopher Street. For reservations call (212) 255-5438.

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