Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

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Broadway: The Golden Age
Directed by Rick McKay
Produced by Rick McKay
Albert M. Tapper
Jamie deRoy
Anne L. Bernstein
Written by Rick McKay
Music by Various
Cinematography Rick McKay
Edited by Rick McKay
Distributed by PBS
Release date
  • April 2003 (2003-04) (Palm Beach International Film Festival)
  • June 11, 2004 (2004-06-11) (United States)
Running time
111 minutes
Language English

Broadway: The Golden Age is a 2003 documentary film by Rick McKay,[1] telling the story of the "golden age" of Broadway by the oral history of the legendary actors of the 1940s and 1950s, incorporating rare lost footage of actual performances and never-before-seen personal home movies and photos.


The film includes interviews (filmed over a span of six years) with the following people:

The intrinsic value of the documentary as a historical record is underscored by the fact that seven of the interviewees (Hume Cronyn, Uta Hagen, Al Hirschfeld, Kim Hunter, Ann Miller, Harold Nicholas and Gwen Verdon) died before the film was released in June 2004, and another 41 interviewees have died since then (as of February 2018).


Broadway: The Golden Age won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the Audience Choice Award for Best documentary at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and the Audience Award and Festival Award at the San Diego Film Festival, both for Best Documentary.

In 2006, McKay was honored with a Special Award for his work on the film by the New England Theatre Conference with the New England Theatre Conference Special Contribution to Theatre Award.[2]


  1. ^ "Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There". Turner Classic Movies. Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ Broadway World Staff (March 13, 2014). "Robert Morse & Rick McKay to Be Honored at Special Preview of BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE". Broadway World. New York City: Wisdom Digital Media Publishing. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 

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