Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Streaming next week: Broadway Rising, produced by Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Broadway Rising makes its way to VOD platforms December 27 after a limited theatrical run this month.

Directed by Emmy-nominated director Amy Rice (HBO’s By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, The Newsroom), the feature-length documentary chronicles the Broadway community’s harrowing and inspiring journey back to the stage following the COVID-19 shutdown on March 12, 2020.  Over 96,000 people lost their jobs when The Great White Way went dark decimating an entire ecosystem of businesses supporting the industry. 

From actors to artisans, directors to doormen, producers to prop masters, not one aspect of the business was left untouched. But the show must go on! The film turns the spotlight on the community and highlights their stories of anxiety, doubt, perseverance and ultimately triumph on the long-awaited opening night, September 14, 2021.The film is produced by Tony Award®-winners Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Take Me Home, Modern Family) and Justin Mikita (Oklahoma!) under their A KID NAMED BECKETT Productions, Sam Bisbee of Park Pictures, Christopher Cowen of STATION 10, and Amy Rice, in association with World of Ha and XTR.

The film takes a snapshot of New York and one of its most cherished institutions while it was at its most vulnerable, serving as a mirror image for the world beyond.

Broadway Rising may ultimately become a time capsule in the years to come but this documentary puts a face on the resilience in the long road to reopening Broadway.” said film reviewer Danielle Solzman, in an opinion echoed by Steven Prokopy of the Third Coast Review:

“The recurring shots of empty New York streets never loses its impact, and I’m sure those impacted the most will never forget the ordeal. This film is a reminder that these folks are survivors, just as we all are.”

The film debuted during this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to generally positive reviews, as cited above, before being picked up by Vertical Entertainment which owns the distribution rights to the film in North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Take a look at some recently released clips below:

Broadway Rising comes to all major VOD platforms December 27. Follow them on Instagram for the latest updates.

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