Six and Mrs. Doubtfire producer Kevin McCollum closely tracks ticket sales to gauge theatregoers' enthusiasm to return to Broadway after the COVID-19 shutdown in this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the upcoming documentary Broadway Rising.
The movie, releasing nationwide in theatres December 5 via Fathom Events, is directed by filmmaker Amy Rice (By the People: The Election of Barack Obama), and produced by Jesse Tyler Ferguson (currently starring in Broadway's Take Me Out), Justin Mikita, Sam Bisbee, Christopher G. Cowen, and Rice. The Fathom Events screening will include an introduction from Rice and behind-the-scenes footage hosted by Ferguson.
The documentary follows theatre subjects, ranging from stage doormen to actors, on their journey back to the stage following the historical COVID-19 shutdown. The synopsis teases that it will "paint a full picture of the strength and diversity of the people on the stage and behind the scenes and their resilience, hope and dedication of being part of Broadway’s reopening."
The film had its world premiere at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival June 13.
Ferguson commented on the film in 2021. "This film is for that kid, who like me have no other option but theatre and who have, for the last two years, been forced to reevaluate that dream and wonder 'what now?'" he shared. "Broadway is the soul of New York City, and I am so ready to celebrate its reopening."
Broadway Rising is executive-produced by Hallee Adelman, Ivy Herman, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Lance Acord, Cody Ryder, Wendy Neu, Justin Lacob, Bryn Mooser, Andy Hsieh, and Franklin Carson, with Eric Nelsen and Sainty Nelsen as co-executive producers, and Danielle Massie as a co-producer.