So last night was the New York premiere of “Show Business: The Road to Broadway.” The film follows four musicals from the first rehearsal up to the Tony Awards, and shows it all. We see the fatigue, the writer’s block, the bitchy critics, the triumph and the heartache. There’s “Avenue Q,” “Caroline, or Change,” “Taboo” and “Wicked.” I must say, it’s pretty juicy, and most ambitious. At the after-party, many of the featured players were in attendance and poised at the bar. Among them: director, Dori Berinstein, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (creators of “Avenue Q”), Jeanine Tesori (composer, “Caroline…”), theatrical PR exec, Chris Boneau, “Taboo” cast members, Euan Morton, Raúl Esparza. Also on hand were SIRIUS’ Frank DeCaro, “54” director, Mark Christopher, and of course, moi.
For the curious, the film is pretty remarkable. For anyone who has ever worked in the theatre, dreamed of working in the theatre, or even just been to the theatre, this is the revelatory film that will peel back the curtain like nothing else out there. Required viewing for theatre-junkies.
Check out the trailer and release dates on their site: http://www.showbusiness-themovie.com