My Beef with Broadway

The Tony’s came and went last week with nary a soul even noticing. Fine by me and I’ll go one further and say that it serves them right.

Look, I love live Theatre and I finally got to go to my first Broadway shows this Spring Break when Laura and I went up to NYC. It was a great experience, but Earth to Broadway, "we can’t all make it to New York once a year and shell out $70 a ticket to be savvy. So, start filming your shows and make them available on DVD so the rest of us can see what all the fuss is about over ‘Wicked’ and its ilk."

Maybe then people will tune in to your Awards show.

The typical purist response will be that "something is lost" when you put a live show on tape, "it’s just not the same." No kidding. You know what else isn’t the same? Never seeing it period.

I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing Pearl Jam in concert, but I do have an incredible DVD of highlights from one of their tours. It is amazing and when I lived in the duplex I would watch it all the way through at least twice a week. I know that actually being at those performances would have been exponentially better than viewing them on my Zenith with a less-than-stellar home stereo, but at least I have some idea about Eddie Vedder’s mannerisms and Matt Cameron’s posture behind his kit. Of course something is lost by putting those concerts on DVD, but the point is that fans who couldn’t go can at least get a taste and those that did can bring a piece home.

4 thoughts on “My Beef with Broadway”

  1. I agree B!!! I watched a little of the Tony’s and it wasnt just the best show to watch cause I had never heard of most of the shows and actors that were nominated…..And for us we have to shell out more than the ticket for the show…first we have to get there!!! and then find a place to stay…and eat…and so on….

  2. seriously…
    I’m sure it’s much more complicated than I am making it out to be, but the live concert analogy seems pretty fitting to me. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  3. You know I don’t know that I ever really realized that the Tony’s were Broadway plays & stuff… no wonder I never watched them…

  4. Right on! I’ve been wanting to see “Wicked” and some other plays for a while now, but just haven’t been able to make it. So, I agree–they should put them on DVD for us commoners. I don’t think I have ever watched one Tony’s Award show in my life

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