First off, for anyone following: my grandma went home from the hospital today. Still taking it easy, but it seems like she's doing fine. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed their concerns.
Thanks to a friend, I had the chance to see a screening tonight of a documentary called "Show Business," following four Broadway shows from the 2003-04 season from development to opening night to the Tony awards. Liked it a lot. Avenue Q and Wicked are the stars of the film, and they also follow Taboo and Caroline or Change. Donald Trump will like this film, since it paints Rosie O'Donnell (who was one of the producers of Taboo) in a somewhat-unflattering light, although mostly just through a montage of newspaper articles and news coverage and not actually showing anything negative she did, whatever that was. Lots of behind-the-scenes footage of rehearsals. Lots of interviews with the creators of the shows, some interviews with actors, a bunch of roundtables with theater critics. A heck of a lot of "B-roll footage" -- montages of other shows, crowds in line, opening night parties, etc. Thought it did what it was trying to do about as well as it could be done. I've seen Wicked and Avenue Q, but never saw Taboo or Caroline. Had I seen none of the 4 musicals, I'm not sure the film would have been as interesting, but I'm pretty sure the audience they'll be going for is an audience that has seen at least a couple of the shows. Hard not to like movies where writers are the stars, kind of.