The 104-minute documentary, which was written by director Dori Berinsten and Richard Hankin, is scheduled to arrive Oct. 16 on the Liberation Entertainment label. The film follows four Broadway musicals from inception through the 2004 Tony Awards. The musicals include Wicked, the hit Stephen Schwartz musical at the Gershwin Theatre; Avenue Q, the Tony-winning musical at the Golden Theatre; Taboo, the short-lived Boy George musical produced on Broadway by Rosie O'Donnell; and Caroline, or Change, the much acclaimed musical by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori, which was directed by George C. Wolfe.
"ShowBusiness," according to press notes, "provides an insightful and entertaining never-before-seen look at the inner workings of Broadway musicals, from casting and staging to the previews and red-carpeted opening nights, . . . [capturing] the hard-work ethic, imagination and triumph in putting on a Broadway musical."
Among those interviewed for the documentary were Rosie O'Donnell, Boy George, Euan Morton, Anika Noni Rose, Stephen Schwartz, John Tartaglia, Kristin Chenoweth, Harvey Fierstein, Tony Kushner, John Lithgow, Bobby Lopez, Jeff Marx, Idina Menzel, Liza Minnelli, Tonya Pinkins, George C. Wolfe and Alan Cumming; the latter co-produced the film.
Special features on the DVD release will include audio commentary with director Berinstein, producer Cumming and Avenue Q co-creator Jeff Marx; over 60 minutes of deleted scenes; Tony Award promotional spots; and trailers.
"ShowBusiness — The Road to Broadway" has a list price of $28.95. For more information visit www.showbusiness-themovie.com.
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