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WEST COAST PREMIERE
opening night at the West Wind Drive-In San Jose
$22 members | $25 general
Please note only one ticket per vehicle is required. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance.
From composers to lyricists and producers to actors, Jews have played a pivotal role in the creation of many of Broadway’s biggest hits. Luminaries such as Barbra Streisand, Idina Menzel, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim are just a few noteworthy examples. In this opening night film, other legends of the stage help tell the inside story of Broadway and how it came back from the brink thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and a sometimes uneasy balance between art and commerce. This entertaining documentary tracks the breakthrough works and artists who made Broadway into a venue where you will find everything from the experimental and iconoclastic to the corporate and commercial, reflecting the diverse, complicated society in which we live. Despite the fact that it is constantly changing, Broadway somehow attracts the most passionately loyal and devoted fans in the world. As Ian McKellen says in his interview, trying to describe the force of Broadway... “Come on, come in, come here... I’m going to give myself to you and you’re going to come and love me.” Iconic performances by Lin Manuel Miranda, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters, James Earl Jones and Mandy Patinkin lead the way on a hurly burly ride through Times Square, once again the main street of American show business in On Broadway, directed by Academy-Award nominee Oren Jacoby.
OREN JACOBY (Director & Producer) is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work has been recognized by the American Film Institute, the Tribeca Film Festival, the Sundance Institute, and the Alfred I. DuPont Awards. His film Shadowman was runner-up for the Best Documentary audience award at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. My Italian Secret premiered at the Hamptons and Rome International Film Festivals. He created and was executive producer of Risk Takers (Bloomberg TV) an original documentary series about great American innovators. Jacoby’s stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man was produced at Chicago’s Court Theater, The Huntington Theatre in Boston and won a Jefferson Award for Best New Play adaptation. Sister Rose’s Passion was winner of Best Documentary Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar. His company, Storyville Films, produced RBG (Sundance Film Festival 2018, Oscar nomination Best Documentary 2019).