The “Broadway Rising” Documentary’s Trailer Illustrates Why the Performance Must Continue
“There absolutely needs to be a show!” A new official teaser has been released for Amy Rice’s feature-length documentary Broadway Rising, which will be released later this year. The trailer provides some insight into how the COVID-19 shutdown impacted Broadway, as all of the shows were forced to close, and how the various companies worked diligently to get back on stage.
The preview for the new documentary demonstrates the devastating impact on Broadway of a closure that no one anticipated would ever take place. The audience immediately understands how people, such as Ginna Claire Mason, who played Glinda in Wicked, have a profound connection to Broadway. Mason is one example.
A few moments before the house lights are turned off, Mason says, “If you perform something eight times a week, it’s like your whole life is a play.” Nobody could have ever fathomed the possibility that Broadway would ever close. A statement to the effect that “cancelling a show is unheard of” is made by a character in the movie.
On the other hand, because to the COVID-19 pandemic, movie theatres were ordered to close on March 12, 2020, when a part-time usher was found to be infected with the virus. “ I was hospitalised for a full week due to my illness. In the preview, the New York-based Broadway costume designer John Kristiansen says, “By the time I got out of there, my business was shuttered, and my profession was disappeared.”
Soon after his narrative is told, glimpses are shown of other men and women who have lost their businesses and employment as a result of the government shutdown. Within the industry as a whole, about 96,000 individuals have been laid off, including directors, painters, cleaners, artisans, prop masters, ushers, doormen, and embroiderers.
“What do you want us to do? In the preview, one of the characters is heard saying, “We’ve been trying our best to keep the doors open until Broadway comes back.”
The video will also demonstrate how difficult it is for the industry to give something back to its clients. The preview demonstrates that the cast and crew had to put in a lot of extra effort in order to return to the stage in time for the show’s opening night on September 14, 2021. Additionally, they were had to spend money that they did not have and had less time to do so.
Kevin McCollum, a Tony Award–winning theatrical producer, has this to say about his line of work: “It doesn’t feel nice, but someone has to do it.” In point of fact, we get a glimpse of members of the production staff rejoicing at the successful reopening of Broadway, which would not have been possible without their tireless efforts.
Rice will helm the full-length documentary that runs for 93 minutes long and will have narratives from Mason, McCollum, Kristiansen, Jewelle Blackman, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Adam Perry, Robbie Fairchild, Lynn Nottage, Brian Blythe, T. Oliver Reid, and Tom Kirdahy, among others.
Along with Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Justin Mikita (Oklahoma!), Sam Bisbee (Park Pictures), Christopher Cowan (STATION 10), and Rice, Tony Award winners Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Oklahoma!) and Justin Mikita (Oklahoma!) are producers for A Kid Named Beckett Productions (World of Ha and XTR). After the feature documentary makes its debut in front of the public on June 13 at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival, the movie is scheduled to be released in December of this year.
Broadway Rising is scheduled to make its debut in theatres on December 5th, 2022. Take a look at the teaser for the film down below: