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.