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Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age

Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age Will Premiere on PBS Great Performances

Great Performances – Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age explores the world of Broadway from 1959 through the early 1980s as recounted by a diverse cast of Broadway stars who lived through it, creating a first-hand archive of personal backstage stories and memories. Written, directed, and produced by the late filmmaker Rick McKay and hosted by two-time Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff, the new documentary is the long-awaited sequel to McKay’s award-winning 2003 film Broadway: The Golden Age – By the Legends Who Were There.

Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age will premiere nationwide beginning Saturday, August 14 on PBS (check local listings), the PBS website, and the PBS Video app. Within the New York metro area, the documentary will premiere Thursday, August 19 at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

This follow-up to McKay’s acclaimed oral history of Broadway continues the saga into the 60s and 70s, spotlighting beloved classic Broadway shows including Once Upon a Mattress, Bye Bye Birdie, Barefoot in the Park, Pippin, A Chorus Line, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Chicago and 42nd Street.

Particular focus is placed on famed directors and choreographers Gower Champion, Bob Fosse, George Abbott, and Michael Bennett with anecdotes from 1959’s Once Upon A Mattress through 1983 when A Chorus Line became the longest-running show in Broadway history. Featuring a galaxy of stars including Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Glenn Close, André De Shields, Jane Fonda, Robert Goulet, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen, and many more, the film also includes rare archival photos and never-before-seen footage both onstage and off.

McKay passed away in 2018; his team of producers finished the film for him in his absence.