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Lance Greene, Producer 201.401.7580
SOLD OUT “ON BROADWAY” PREMIER HAS BOSTON FEST BUZZING
MOVIE’S WORLD PREMIER WILL HAPPEN AT INDEPENDENDT FILM FESTIVAL OF BOSTON
April 17, 2007 -- A full two weeks before the opening of the Independent Film Festival of Boston, and prior to any pre-festival media coverage, “On Broadway,” a movie that Boston Magazine has called “the next Good Will Hunting,” has sold out all of the advance tickets to its April 26th World Premiere screening.
“We’re thrilled to have ‘On Broadway’ as part of the festival,” said Adam Roffman, Program Director for IFF Boston. “It’s a really endearing film, and obviously it’s something that people really want to see.”
“On Broadway” tells the story of Jack O’Toole, a 30-something Boston everyman whose passion and sense of purpose inspire and unite his family and friends. A simple carpenter, Jack (played by Joey McIntyre – “Wicked,” “Boston Public,” New Kids On The Block) writes a play about his dead uncle, believing that this story can create a new start with his embittered father (Sean Lawlor – “Braveheart”). When nobody else will produce the play, Jack quits his job to direct it himself, mounting a production on the only stage he can afford – in the back room of an Irish pub on a little neighborhood street called Broadway.
“It’s a movie about why stories and dreams are so important – why we need them and how they can change our lives,” says writer-director Dave McLaughlin. “That’s true not just on Broadway in New York, but for regular folks everywhere.”
The movie also stars Eliza Dushku (“City by the Sea”, “Bring It On,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Fox’s “Nurses”, “Tru Calling”) and Mike O’Malley (CBS “Yes, Dear,” “28 Days,” “Pushing Tin”), as well as relative newcomer Jill Flint (“Garden State,” “Six Degrees,” NBC’s “Conviction”) in a break-out role as Jack’s new wife, who struggles between supporting his dream and stressing out about her own role in the production.
Will Arnett (“Arrested Development,” “Let’s All Go To Prison,” “Blades Of Glory”), Sean Lawlor (“Braveheart”), Robert Wahlberg (“The Departed,” “Mystic River,” “Southie”), and Irish stage legend Vincent Dowling, former artistic director of Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, all play supporting roles, while “Saturday Night Live” star Amy Poehler makes a cameo performance as a touchy-feely set designer who contrasts with the earthy Boston gang.
Filmmaker McLaughlin’s previous projects include the independent film “Southie,” which he co-wrote and which won the Jury Prize for Best American Independent Film at the 1998 Seattle Film Festival. His produced stage plays include “God Willing” and “Back To Before.” The youngest of an Irish-American family of eleven children, McLaughlin grew up in Boston’s neighborhoods and knows first-hand how rich in character and conflict that world is. Dushku, McIntyre, O’Malley, and Poehler also are Boston natives, adding to the authenticity of the finished film.
Said Dushku, “I can't wait to see the final product with all of the fierce and loyal people we had involved in this film.”
Several of the movie’s stars, including McIntyre, Dushku, O’Malley, Flint, and Arnett, as well as McLaughlin, will be on-hand for the festival premiere. Also expected are Buffalo Tom front man Bill Janovitz, who scored the film, and cinematographer Terrence Hayes.
Festival info at www.iffboston.org
For more information or to view the trailer, please visit www.onbroadwaythemovie.com or call Lance Greene, Producer, at 201.401.7580.