Rick McKay’s Documentary BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE Featuring André De Shields, Pat Suzuki, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Glenn Close, Jane Fonda, Robert Goulet, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereen and Many More, Premieres Nationwide on PBS on August 14

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Great Performances – Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age explores the world of Broadway from 1959 through the early 1980s as recounted by a diverse cast of Broadway stars who lived through it, creating a first-hand archive of personal backstage stories and memories. Written, directed and produced by the late filmmaker Rick McKay and hosted by two-time Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff, the new documentary is the long-awaited sequel to McKay’s award-winning 2003 film Broadway: The Golden Age – By the Legends Who Were There. This follow-up to McKay’s acclaimed oral history of Broadway continues the saga into the 60s and 70s, spotlighting beloved classic Broadway shows including “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Pippin,” “A Chorus Line,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Chicago” and “42nd Street.” Particular focus is placed on famed directors and choreographers Gower Champion, Bob Fosse, George Abbott and Michael Bennett with anecdotes from 1959’s “Once Upon A Mattress” through 1983 when “A Chorus Line” became the longest-running show in Broadway history. Featuring a galaxy of stars including Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Glenn Close, André De Shields, Jane Fonda, Robert Goulet, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Dick Van Dyke, Ben Vereenand many more, the film also includes rare archival photos and never-before-seen footage both onstage and off.

Premieres nationwide beginning Saturday, August 14 on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.

New York metro area premiere Thursday, August 19 at 8 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Throughout its nearly 50-year history on PBS, Great Performances has provided an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. The series is available for streaming simultaneously on all station-branded PBS platforms, including pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. PBS station members can view episodes via Passport (contact your local PBS station for details). Great Performances is produced by The WNET Group.

A production of Broadway: The Golden Age and Beyond LLC in association with The WNET Group, Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age was written, directed and produced by Rick McKay; with Anne L. Bernstein and Albert M. Tapper as Executive Producers. Jane Klain, Jamie deRoy, Richard Eric Weigle, Michael Anastasio, James Berry and Corey Brunish are producers, with Frances B. Bator, Kimberly Reed and Rachel Roark Stange as co-producers.  For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer and David Horn is Executive Producer.

Major funding for Great Performances is provided by The Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Jody and John Arnhold, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, The Starr Foundation, the Seton Melvin Charitable Trust, Ellen and James S. Marcus, and the Estate of Worthington Mayo-Smith. Funding for Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age was provided by the Ted Snowdon Foundation, Nina Beaty, Steven Feuling & Greg Polchow, the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation, the Marta Heflin Foundation, Riki Kane Larimer, Mark & Kathy Ford, the Friars Foundation, Mary Rodgers Guettel, Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, Ted Chapin and others; a complete list is available from PBS.

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer, an Award winning filmmaker and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. Her short film, When the World Was Young recently garnered a 2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations.

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