“Leonard Soloway’s Broadway” at the Landmark


This journalist grabbed a friend and trotted down to the Landmark Theater located on 57th Street near 12th Avenue, so I could do a review of “Leonard Soloway’s Broadway.”  And what a documentary film it was. The documentary covered the life of Mr Soloway and the workings of putting together a Broadway show from soup to nuts. As I turned to my right, I was shocked to see the 90-year-old Mr Soloway sitting next to me.

He has produced over a 100 shows and his productions collected more than 40 Tony Awards, 21 Drama Desk Awards and three Pulitzer Prizes. He helped launch the careers of craftsmen in show biz to that of numerous performers. He has worked with veteran actors like Jason Robards, Coleen Dewhurst, Maurice Hines, Whoopie Goldberg, Lauren Bacall, film star Paul Newman. Marlene Dietrich, Carol Channing, and countless others.

The documentary, “Leonard Soloway’s Broadway” is produced and directed by Jeff Wolk (After Louie; Last Glimmer of Day) and narrated by Campbell Scott (Noises Off; upcoming A Christmas Carol).  The documentary features candid interviews with the likes of Screen Actors Guild Award winner John Slattery; Tony Award nominee, Tovah Feldshuh; Tony Award winner, Elizabeth Ashley; Olympia Dukakis (Steel Magnolias); Shubert Organization President, Robert E. Wankel and producer Manny Azenberg, Chairman of the Shubert Organization. 

It premiered last night, Nov 4 in NYC. The Digital, On Demand, and DVD release is set for Nov 12th. It will be at the LANDMARK at 57th St via LIMITED ENGAGEMENT FROM NOVEMBER 4-7.

The documentary taught me a lot about the workings of the theatre and what goes into producing a show. No wonder the tickets are so expensive!

I really recommend people go see the documentary film, “Leonard Soloway’s Broadway.” Mr. Soloway’s ribald humor, charm and class makes the theater adventure what it’s all about. He is the ultimate denizen of the theater as well as quite a guy!

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