This project's funding goal was not reached on January 20, 2013.
This project's funding goal was not reached on January 20, 2013.
BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE is the long-awaited, much anticipated sequel to the award-winning feature film documentary, BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE, which documented American Theatre in the 30's, 40's and 50's. This new installment continues the story from the legendary Broadway season of 1959 (GYPSY, RAISIN IN THE SUN, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, etc.) through the tumultuous 60's (HAIR, OH, CALCUTTA, etc.), the revolutionary 70's (Sondheim, A CHORUS LINE, CHICAGO, etc.) up to the opening of 42ND STREET in 1980. Once again, the filmmaker Rick McKay tells the story with in-depth, candid, personal interviews with over 100 newly filmed, legendary stars, while incorporating never-before-seen footage of the original productions as well as home movies and photos from the stars' personal collections, bringing to life a lost era in American history. Many of the stars of the film went on to become household names from their subsequent fame in film and television, and talk of the differences between the mediums and how the theatre gave them the foundation for their success in front of the camera.
Your support, no matter how big or how small, makes a huge difference. With the economy in a downward spiral and government hardly supporting the arts at all, it is harder than ever to complete a project like this. But, Rolling Stone Magazine did not call me "the unstoppable Rick McKay" for nothing. I pulled off the first film of this trilogy, "Broadway: The Golden Age", to great success - and I know that the second film, "Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age" is richer, deeper and even more exciting. And it will reach more people than ever - thanks to you!
What we need to do is raise our $100,000 to go towards the post production of the film (color correction, final sound mix, HD upgrade, restoration of rare archival footage etc.) as well as the first installments of the tremendously expensive music and archival footage (film, tv, news footage, etc.) that we have to license in order to use. This $100,000 will be a tremendous help to keep us on schedule. And here at Kickstarter, as you might know, if we do not raise the FULL $100,000 we will not receive ANY of the funds! Your credit cards, bank accounts, etc. will not be charged, Kickstarter will not get any funds and we will all walk away empty handed. But, we can't let that to happen, not after all of this work, so it is important that you make your pledge today and send your film and theater lovin' friends to this page to do the same. I will keep you all updated on this page and through email updates (for those of you who've pledged and left your email addresses, so you can follow our progress. I will also be updating this page regularly as well. Hmmm ... our Kickstarter journey may be a whole new chapter for the bonus features on the BBGA DVD - and you'll be part of it! I will, as I mentioned elsewhere, be debuting new trailers and videos here on Kickstarter in the next four weeks - all that can't be seen anywhere else - so you will want to keep coming back and spreading the word. Thanks!
And even though I can do practically all the work on the film alone (write, shoot, direct, lights, sound, edit), the film is still enormously expensive to make. Our stars often need (and deserve!) hair, makeup and a car service to come here for the shoots. And the travel to London, Los Angeles, and other cities where I go to track down our stars - as well as hotels, etc., make the budget even bigger. Nevertheless. I am able to make each film for between $750,000 to $1,000,000 - whereas similar projects, even on public television (known for small budgets) are often in the $7,500,000 price range. So, I am bringing in the film for roughly 10% of what the networks or public television could - mostly because I do 90% of the work myself. I wear the hats of everyone from the entire camera crew, to creating the background music to avoid the costs of more music rights and the scoring of the film, to setting up and breaking down all the equipment while schlepping cameras, lights, tripods, etc. on my own across the country or globe.
Our fund-raising efforts continue with our fiscal sponsor THE FIELD, and I have chosen, as I did on the first film, to defer my salary, expenses and investment return until the films recoup. And as the final edit and post production are finishing, we will begin negotiating deals for Television, DVD and Theatrical. The monetary "advances" from these licensing deals will go towards the final music and archival licensing fees.
But, this is not till mid-2013, so your pledges are more important than I can tell you to help keep us on our timetable for a Fall 2013 release. Please call and email folks who you think would like what we are doing. Film fans, documentary fans, theatre fans - and send them here to our Kickstarter page. Thanks!
I believe that because I shoot and edit these films (often at the same time, as opposed to shooting it all and then editing), I can ask, or bring up subjects, that I know I can edit so that the stars (even though filmed years, continents and oceans apart) can be having a virtual discussion, or in some cases argument, and I don't think you will quite find that in many other documentary films. And whether the subject of the shoot is Robert Redford or a dancer who was in the back row of the chorus 50 years ago, I do every shoot personally, and alone - meaning running the camera, lights and sound while I am conducting the interview, never losing eye contact, and hopefully making each person feel that we are having a simple, if often deeply emotional, conversation between two friends. I truly believe that this is the reason that the films I make are deeply personal and surprise the audience so much.
When the legendary, golden age theatre/film critic Judith Crist (Today Show, New York Magazine, New York Herald Tribune, TV Guide) interviewed me on stage at a film festival, she said, "I know, intellectually, that your films take 5 or 6 years to make, and that you travel all over the world to find these stars. I also know that you spend years editing them into one seamless piece. But, when I am watching your films you can not tell me that all hundred stars are not sitting together in your living room, for a few hours one afternoon, interrupting each other and having one conversation ... I can hear and feel your heart beating in every frame of this film. And that is a triumph." She completely "got" what I am trying to accomplish and that also makes me feel like I am on the right track.
Although it can be exhausting, and take years to complete, I happily practice my one-man-band technique for another reason. It keeps costs down, which helps me to keep creative control of the films, allowing me to make the film I want, as opposed to the one that the studio or network wants. It also enables me to turn out a project I would really want to see myself, and not one that executives at studios or networks think would generate the best TVQ, ratings to pander to advertisers. I try to make the films the equivalent of sitting at the knee of a treasured elderly relative and begging them to tell stories about life "back in the day." But these "relatives" changed the world with their their passion and talent by transforming the theatre, as well as the film and television, that we know today. It is a HUGE responsibility documenting this history as many (over 50 so far) of the subjects have passed away during the process, which makes it even more vital to document this history while racing with the clock. But it also is a tremendous honor that I don't take lightly. I am grateful for every minute I have spent with each person in this trilogy. And the outpouring of deeply positive, emotional mail that I get from fans, young and old, and from the passionate fans that come to my DVD signings and lectures, make it all worthwhile.
If you haven't seen the first film of the trilogy, "Broadway: The Golden Age", it is available in stores, or for rent on Netflix or from Amazon.com and many other sources online. Or you can get a peek below at the trailer that played in theaters before it opened. It is rather sad now to see Jerry Orbach as the first person in the trailer. The last time I spoke to him was a few days after the NYC premiere. He called me to to tell me how sorry he was for having missed the premiere due to illness, but had loved seeing the film that afternoon at the Sutton Theater on 57th Street in New York City with his wife Elaine. He passed away a few months later and is much missed. I thank God now that I documented his story before it was too late. He was especially happy to do our film because, as he told me on camera, "Most young people think I came out of the womb, fully formed, as Jennifer Grey's father in 'Dirty Dancing', or as Lennie Brisco on 'Law and Order!'" And this is a man whose long career in theatre included starring in everything from the original productions of "The Fantastics" and "Chicago" to "42nd Street" and "Annie Get Your Gun" opposite Ethel Merman! So I am racing the clock again with the second film as well. Another reason your support is so very important.
Keep your eye on our Kickstarter page as I will be doing updates regularly. And next week should have the FIRST TRAILER for BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE posted here - debuting on Kickstarter! There will also be a great featurette the week after about the journey that this trilogy has been taking entitled ROAD TO BROADWAY, which takes you on our journey shooting the films here in my modest NYC apartment, and traveling to every corner of the land to track down reclusive and excluisve stars. It follows us on the festival circuit and through the successful journey to opening the film in theaters around the country, and to filming this second installment of the trilogy. But, for now, here is a slideshow of photos from the release of the first film and the DVD release.
Since the cast is a bit younger this time, I expect the new film, "Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age" will resonate with even more people and I think it will reach a tremendous younger audience as well.
When I talk about being a one-man band, I have to admit that I am not truly doing everything alone. I couldn't do it without my producing team!
Jamie deRoy and I broke into public television together as a producing team on the hugely popular PBS series City Arts, which won over 30 Emmy awards, and where we produced numerous award-winning segments. Jamie is a co-producer of the first and second films of this trilogy and threw great fund-raising parties for the first film. She is also now a very successful Broadway and Off-Broadway producer.
Jack Coco was the first person to donate to the first film of the trilogy and went on to contribute countless hours to helping out in the office, at shoots and on the road at film festivals and screenings.
Jane Klain called me out of the blue when I was beginning the first part of our trilogy, "Broadway: The Golden Age." She said that she had heard that I was tracking down the stars who had been there, instead of the usual method of just using historians and "experts". She wanted to be of assistance on the film and wanted to know if I needed someone to help in the research and archival footage department. When I told her that I didn't have enough in the budget to hire anyone, she said, "I don't want money. I want to help! I think what you are doing is important!" Well, help she did. She has been an invaluable and heroic member of the team who is responsible for some of the most choice "lost footage" in both of the films.
Richard Eric Weigle isa fim archivist, singer and educator by trade, and was brought on board early in the first film by producer Jane Klain. He was a huge help contacting some of the stars, raising money, throwing fund-raising parties, bringing potential donors to my living room for screenings, and doing anything possible to assist. He is back on board for this film and is doing even more. A true producer in the sense of keeping the talent (me!) on track, encouraged and fed so that the film can be finished and a success for everyone.
Anne L. Bernstein came on board later than the rest of the team on the first film, "Broadway: The Golden Age", but made up for it by saving us when funds were low and keeping the film going through its last, challenging stages before it premiered. She remained loyal to this second film as well, and gave beyond what was her obligation. She has produced theatre on Broadway and Off-Broadway, as well as independent film. And in return for her generous endowment to the Snapple Theater Center in NYC, they recently renamed their main space the "Anne L. Bernstein Theatre".
Frances B. Bator attended a lecture and DVD signing I did aboard Crystal Cruises, and said the words that every creative person longs to hear: "I think what you are doing is tremendously important. How can I help?" She has remained a loyal champion of my work and a great supporter of this film.
Michael Anastasio was a generous donor and ardent supporter of the first film of the trilogy and was brought on board by our producer Richard Eric Weigle. Michael, an artist, photographer and interior designer, is now Associate Producer and is an invaluable help as we enter post production on "Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age".
And even though I can't take the time to have interns on a regular work/study basis, when I have they have been a great help as they helped out on the film and learned the filmmaking trade at the same time. Thank you guys!
"ONE OF THE MOVIE-GOING DELIGHTS OF THE YEAR is now on DVD . . . People are calling this the year of the documentary; if so, THE ONE THAT MAY BEAT ALL THE OTHERS FOR FLAT OUT ENTERTAINMENT VALUE is Rick McKay’s Broadway: The Golden Age.” Unlike PBS’ recent Broadway series, this film is much more personal, less a history of the great white way than a series of impressions and memories shared by more than one hundred stars, composers, playwrights, and directors, from Angela Lansbury and Carol Channing to Stephen Sondheim. Interspersed with rare and precious film clips, the cumulative effect is EXHILARATING AND DEEPLY MOVING to anyone who cares about the theater. I LOVE THIS FILM, and the DVD offers additional footage, plus a 35-minute preview of McKay’s next documentary Broadway: The Next Generation. It’s now available from SONY/RCA/BMG, and it would also make A GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT FOR ANYONE WHO LOVES BROADWAY SHOWS.” LEONARD MALTIN – ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT
IF YOU LOVE BROADWAY PICK UP THE NEW DVD "Broadway: The Golden Age." This is Rick McKay's acclaimed feature film on our unique American art form. You'll see legends such as Carol Channing, Chita Rivera, Barbara Cook, the late Fred Ebb, Jerry Herman, Bea Arthur, Kaye Ballard and, Carol Burnett tell their tales of life upon the wicked stage. A MUST-HAVE! LIZ SMITH - NEW YORK POST
“OSCAR CALIBER! Do NOT miss this absolute stunner of a film. There is MAGIC in it!” PETER TRAVERS – ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
"It's like having 100 aunts and uncles sit and tell you GREAT STORIES about a long-gone time and place that you just know you would have loved being a part of... who haven't lost a shred of their CLASS and STYLE in 40 or 50 years. BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE is a FINE collection of moments that are on the verge of being lost forever by those who saw them first-hand. Consider it a mini NATIONAL TREASURE!" AINT IT COOL NEWS.COM
“"Broadway: The Golden Age" is so much more than a talking-head talkfest of 100 STERLING LEGENDS reminiscing about those 24-karat decades ... McKay intercuts memories with music, rare archival footage, home movies, newsreels, videotapes and film clips and theatrical trailers ... I gasped when viewing Laurette Taylor … I cried while watching Bob Fosse assisting his then-wife Gwen Verdon … Ben Gazzara as Brick in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" MESMERIZED me … The stories told are passionate and priceless. Some will break your heart. Some will make you weep. The actors talk about first jobs, missed roles, big breaks, empty stomachs and emptier pockets, disappointment and despair, being hired and fired, hope and honor, famous co-stars (and sometimes bedmates), out-of-town try-outs and the days when performers didn’t need microphones. They talk from their hearts and souls as only show folk do!” ALAN PETRUCELLI – THE BARNSTABLE PATRIOT
"FASCINATING ... AND WHAT A TALE! The only way to see more stars is to head to a planetarium! McKay's film should be mandatory viewing for casual theatergoers, high-school drama clubs and working thespians everywhere! " MISHA DAVENPORT - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"MAGIC . . . McKay pushed his stars to remember things in ASTONISHING detail. Sandwiched between archival stills and rare stage footage, these stars reveal themselves, their art and their lives, all with so much love and appreciation that, for a while, you wish you could have been a part of something as bonding, fulfilling and special as Broadway's theater community . . . "Broadway: The Golden Age" finally evolves into an INDISPENSABLE history of the hopes, fears, trials, defeats and victories of those brave enough to step into the limelight of a Broadway stage and make it their home." DANN GIRE - CHICAGO DAILY HERALD
"THE HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN! 'Broadway: The Golden Age' is both GREAT theater and a GREAT MOVIE!" RICHARD KNIGHT - WINDY CITY TIMES
“... McKay got together an ASTONISHING bunch, some of them now departed: Channing, Lansbury, Harold Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Carol Burnett, Julie Harris, Carol Lawrence, Gwen Verdon, Nanette Fabray, Elaine Stritch, Marian Seldes, Uta Hagen, Ben Gazzara, Robert Morse, Chita Rivera, Jerry Orbach and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, among others ... their memories are CHOICE AND PRICELESS, their PEDIGREE UNQUESTIONED ...This is a documentary about people who understand Broadway's GREATNESS, who endured its cheesy and heartless side and who still love everything about it.” SID SMITH – CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"RICK MCKAY'S 'BROADWAY THE GOLDEN AGE' HAS NO PEER! THE MOST ENTHRALLING DOCUMENTARY IN YEARS!" **** (out of four) ED BLANK, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
"IT'S JUST SO DARN MUCH FUN I WISH IT HAD LASTED FOUR HOURS INSTEAD OF TWO!" STEPHEN HUNTER, WASHINGTON POST
“Carol Channing, Ben Gazzara, Robert Goulet, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, Shirley MacLaine, John Raitt and Elaine Stritch are ingeniously commingled with heart-stoppingly rare performance footage. The result is an irresistibly nostalgic portrait of a lost era. The editing alone deserves an OSCAR! ... YOU'LL WEEP - I DID — to hear them share their fond memories ... But ‘Broadway: The Golden Age,’ like the performers to whom it pays UNFORGETTABLY ELOQUENT TRIBUTE, deserves to be seen in a theater - - even one that sells popcorn!” TERRY TEACHOUT – WALL STREET JOURNAL
“You MUST see this WONDERFUL film ... The result is almost indescribably POWERFUL AND MOVIING! RUN DON’T WALK!” LEONARD MALTIN – ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT
“One of the FINEST documentaries I have ever seen! SUPERB!’ JEFFREY LYONS – NBC TODAY SHOW
“ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! More laughs than any comedy in the multiplexes!” JACK MATTHEWS – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“ RIVETING! HEART-SKIPPINGLY EXHILARATING! The most enchanting movie I have seen this year! A TREASURE – IT WILL ENRICH YOUR LIFE!” REX REED - NEW YORK OBSERVER
“A RIP-ROARING GOOD TIME! LIKE 111 MINUTES OF PARADISE!” ROBERT OSBORNE – HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“MIRACLES happen over and over again in Rick McKay’s ‘Broadway: The Golden Age!’” LAWSON TAITTE - DALLAS MORNING NEWS
"A must-see ... ABSOLUTELY STIRRING ... 'Broadway: The Golden Age' is ONE OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARIES OF THE YEAR!" BRANDON JUDELL - INDIE WIRE.COM
"Rick McKay's EXCEPTIONAL new documentary "Broadway: The Golden Age" presents a veritable avalanche of interviews with some of the biggest names in the history of the American theater, preserving for posterity their wise words and disarming anecdotes. In addition, there's a glittering hope chest of stashed mementos -- including MAGNIFICENT ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE of Broadway productions from the pre-video era ... The resulting film (is) perhaps the screen's most authoritative encapsulation of Broadway history and an intimately resonant one." SCOTT FOUNDAS – VARIETY
"ABSOLUTELY CHARMING ... makes you want to hop a plane for New York, if the flight could take you back 40-50 years the way this film does!" HAP ERSTEIN - PALM BEACH POST
"Rick McKay's documentary is the closet thing most of us will ever get to being a part of the golden age of Broadway. The list of legends interviewed is MIND-BOGGLING ...This film is really something special; anyone who is even remotely interested in theatre will find (it) ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING and should seek this film out ... for everyone else, just eagerly await a screening date in your area to be added for the film ... AN AMAZING PIECE OF WORK!" AIN'T IT COOL NEWS.COM
"Some of the best moments come when a virtual dialogue occurs between two or more people discussing the same topic in individual interviews. Tommy Tune and Elaine Stritch take different sides about the current plethora of revivals. Then there are icons for days: Angela Lansbury, Carol Channing, Bea Arthur, Carol Burnett, Chita Rivera, Barbara Cook, Gwen Verdon and Diana Rigg. PBS should give McKay the Ken Burns treatment, with unlimited time for a miniseries." STEVE WARREN - SOUTHERN VOICE
AUTOGRAPHED BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE POST CARD WITH PERSONAL MESSAGE!
Starting with a beautiful 6" x 9" oversize, heavy card stock, high-quality, glossy, perfect reproduction of our theatrical poster on a heavy card stock oversize post card. Perfect for framing - and autographed by director Rick McKay with a personal note. For you or perhaps for a friend who you would like it sent to - a friend who loves theatre or independent film or documentaries - or just plain ol' show biz! AND you are becoming a part of the new installment BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE by supporting our film and helping it reach theaters!
BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE FLASHLIGHT AND KEYCHAIN!
Never be caught in the dark again! Your Broadway: the Golden Age flashlight is on a keychain so you always have it with you. Perfect for any Broadway fan - or Broadway usher-in-training!
AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE ON DVD!
This is the one that critics raved about. If you don't already own it you should! And if you do already own it, then you know that you know someone who loves theater that this would be a GREAT gift for - especially autographed with a personal message from the director! Not to mention the over an hour's worth of bonus features - AND the two-hour director's commentary!
AUTOGRAPHED BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE DVD POSTER!
This is the original 14" x 22" window card, heavy duty card stock, two-sided poster used to promote the DVD release of BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE in Times Square theaters and stores. This is not available ANYWHERE! Also autographed by director Rick McKay. A great novelty and collector's item as it is also two-sided, as it was designed to sit in windows and be seen from inside and outside. VERY HARD TO FIND!
AUTOGRAPHED BEAUTIFUL 27X41 BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE POSTER!
Gorgeous 27" x 41" original theatrical poster from the film release of Broadway: The Golden Age. These posters were used in front and inside of theatres and once this limited supply is gone they will be collector's items. Also, autographed by director Rick McKay with every single member of the cast's picture on the poster!
AUTOGRAPHED 2-DVD OF BROADWAY: THE GOLDEN AGE *OUT-TAKES* ALONG WITH THE ORIGINAL DVD RELEASE
This NEVER-BEFORE-RELEASED Out-Takes reel is hysterical! I have shown this when I am lecturing out of the country or at sea, but never shown it in the States. Verrry funny and you will be the first to see it!
Check out the the right column of this page for some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Like an afternoon in the edit room with Rick. Or walking the red carpet at the premiere, or seeing the film in the same room all the stars filmed in - maybe with one of the stars. Anything is possible - and you only life once!
It is always a challenge producing an independent film, especially a documentary with over 100 different legendary stars, music rights and archival footage rights.
Dealing with this much footage (over 600 hours of interview footage and over 300 hours of archival footage!) is a formidable challenge, and the fear of losing this precious footage is daunting, to say the least. Last summer our 24 TB storage system crashed and EVERYTHING was lost - yes, everything, the raw footage and our edits up to that date. It took months to do it, but we were able to re-digitize ALL of the interviews and find backups on film, tape and DVD here of all of the archival footage and photos. But, working in a digital environment, as we all are, you are always at risk. So, I back up my backups to be safe and have recovered from that crisis, and we should be safe in the future. Another challenge is that an independent film can never tell exactly what your release date will be with the studios' changing theatrical schedules, etc. But, our dates are pretty secure, barring any unforeseen surprises. And, luckily, I have pulled it off once already with the first part of the trilogy "Broadway: The Golden Age". On this new film 95% of the shooting is already wrapped and 85% of the edit is finished, so we will be ready to go into post-production soon and are already negotiating the licensing fees for the music and footage rights. So, we should be in movie theaters in the fall of 2013 and on DVD for Christmas 2013, with TV for early 2014. Thanks to your help!
The only other risk is that IF we are delayed by theater availability and the release is later, it could delay the DVD release and the shipping of advance orders of the DVD and Blu-Ray. But, I will do my best to make sure you receive your copy before anyone can buy them online or in stores. Also, there is a chance that the distributor may want to release the Blu-Ray after the DVD release, which would delay that as well, but again, I will do my best to make sure that all the generous folks who pledge here get it first!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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