Kino Lorber has announced the Oct. 19 DVD-only release of On Broadway, a newly produced documentary on the legendary Great White Way.
As audiences prepare for the return of live theater after the extended COVID-19 shutdown, an all-star cast tells the inside story of the last time Broadway came back from the brink, through the early 1980s “Save the Theaters” campaign. This came after New York’s storied live-theater scene had been struck by economic downturns, cultural shifts and the AIDS crisis — as well as the threatened destruction of historic theater buildings by big-money Manhattan developers. 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.
The documentary includes interviews with such stage and screen icons as Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis and Ian McKellen. They take viewers behind the scenes of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and beloved shows, from A Chorus Line to Hamilton.
Also included are archival clips of iconic performances by Lin Manuel Miranda, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones and Mandy Patinkin.
On Broadway was directed by Academy Award-nominated director Oren Jacoby.
Broadway has been slowly reopening, with some changes, according to CNN. Audience members need to show proof of vaccination and are required to wear masks. There are no longer intermissions or autograph opportunities at stage doors, and some show times are being condensed to about 90 minutes.