Broadway Rising, a new documentary directed by Amy Rice (By the People: The Election of Barack Obama), becomes available for streaming on demand December 27, via paid rental on Google Play, YouTube, and Prime Video.
The film follows a group of theatrical workers, from stage doormen to actors, on their journey back to the stage following the historic COVID-19 shutdown. According to press notes, the documentary "paint[s] a full picture of the strength and diversity of the people on the stage and behind the scenes and their resilience, hope, and dedication of being part of Broadway’s reopening."
Read what critics have to say about the release below.
Loud and Clear Reviews (Serena Seghedoni)
New York Times (Nicolas Rapold)
Third Coast Review (Steve Prokopy)
*This review requires creating a free account or a paid subscription.
Playbill will continue to update this page as reviews come in.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (currently starring in Broadway's Take Me Out), Justin Mikita, Sam Bisbee, Christopher G. Cowen, and Rice produced the work which had its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival June 13. A December 5 Fathom Events screening included an introduction from Rice and behind-the-scenes footage hosted by Ferguson.
Ferguson commented on the film in 2021. "This film is for that kid, who like me have no other option but theatre and who have, for the last two years, been forced to reevaluate that dream and wonder 'what now?'" he shared. "Broadway is the soul of New York City, and I am so ready to celebrate its reopening."
Broadway Rising is executive-produced by Hallee Adelman, Ivy Herman, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Cody Ryder, Wendy Neu, Justin Lacob, Bryn Mooser, Andy Hsieh, and Franklin Carson, with Eric Nelsen and Sainty Nelsen as co-executive producers, and Danielle Massie as a co-producer.