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STAGE TUBE: Rick McKay Interviews Wendy Wasserstein on BROADWAY: BEYOND THE GOLDEN AGE


In his new film, Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age, which will be out next year, Rick McKay interviews Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Wendy Wasserstein in 1999. Known for her award-winning play THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, he put this short piece together for his film/tv producing partner, Jamie deRoy, who is part of the producing team of the new revival of THE HEIDI CHRONICLES on Broadway, starring Elizabeth "Mad Men" Moss. Check out the interview below!

He writes:

Wasserstein talks of being raised on Broadway by theatre-loving parents, her first big break being produced Off-Broadway, and how it felt to be the first female author to win a Tony Award alone for her play. Happily, Ms. Wasserstein was already pregnant with daughter Lucy, who would be born September 12th, 1999, even though she had still not announced it publicly or told most of her friends. But, sadly, she also already knew that she had Lymphoma, which would claim her life in early 2006. This is a precious piece of history with a woman who had a great gift but was not destined to be on the planet long enough to fully enjoy her talent or her daughter that she had chosen to have in spite of all her doctors' warnings. Long may you wave Wendy!

Rick McKay is the award-winning Producer/Director/Writer/Cinematographer/Editor of the hit film Broadway: The Golden Age. For five seasons he was a segment producer on WNET13's City Arts, the most honored, locally produced show in television history, which won over 30 Emmy awards. Rick also produced the first story commissioned for the critically successful national PBS series Egg: The Arts Show, garnering another two Emmy nominations as well as helping to create the opening segment of two recent national Tony Awards broadcasts. Rick won four of the industry's prestigious Telly awards for his television work, has produced episodes for the immensely successful series Biography on the Arts and Entertainment network, and has produced for HBO and United Artists. Rick is also an on-air personality on national PBS television, hosting the incredibly successful pledge drives for "Broadway: The Golden Age" around the country and was recently seen co-hosting the non-cable premiere of Liza with a Z with Liza Minnelli on PBS.

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