Dave's Rating:


… pretty fascinating …

Who's in It: Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Tony Kushner, Boy George, Rosie O'Donnell, Tonya Pinkins

The Basics: This documentary follows four Broadway musicals — Wicked, Taboo, Avenue Q and Caroline, or Change — from the idea stage through rehearsals to opening night to the Tony Awards, with all the weirdness and drama-queen antics you'd expect.

What's the Deal? I've seen five stage musicals in my entire life and here they are: Cats, Les Misérables, Dreamgirls, Company and Hairspray. I'm not the audience for this documentary, really, but it's still pretty fascinating to watch all the behind-the-scenes stuff — especially the crazy press-sabotaging of Taboo, the Rosie O'Donnell-produced, gay-club-kids-in-early-'80s-England show.

My Favorite Parts: Watching New York theater critics sitting around at dinner laying odds on the Tonys and then hearing Boy George talk about how he could take them in a fight. I would love to see that happen almost as much as a Uwe Boll boxing match.

Most Baffling Moments: There's a part where someone "blesses" each show in a crazy patchwork robe with a puppet on the arm. Apparently, every show does this. One of you theater people can maybe explain this to me. And did you know that there's a Broadway-actor softball league? It would appear that the cast of Fiddler on the Roof will smoke you out there on the field.

Who Should See It: Well, obviously, musical fans. But it's really people who don't see much theater — like me — who'll come away having actually seen something new here.


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