Broadway joins the cinecast fray

So the final performance of Rent on Broadway will be broadcast in movie theaters across the country.

I really can’t wrap my mind around this whole craze yet, but a big part of me really wants to support it. The Met saw a huge success in their opera broadcasts, and the Washington National Opera plans to show La Traviata on the Jumbotron at Nationals Park. Beer. Brats. and FREE!

I’m automatically engaged in any effort to bring opera to a wider audience. But I can’t help but join many people and wonder how much the art suffers.

BUT if music and theater really are all about the performance (cue music teacher giving the “more than just notes on the page” speech) then can’t this new form of performance be just that: new?

BUT isn’t the whole big voices big orchestra in a big opera house what defines opera? I suppose that depends on who you ask.

It’s the same issue that brings up the whole “Is Puccini in English with just a performer and a piano really Puccini?” question.

I don’t know yet.

And as if opera in a movie theater isn’t bad enough for devout opera purists, how about opera at the bar?


~ by ohactually on September 5, 2008.

2 Responses to “Broadway joins the cinecast fray”

  1. The new Hudson theater has the operas broadcast. I just learned that today!

  2. I go back and forth on this too. Certainly, not everyone has the means to head to NYC or Minneapolis to see a high quality performance live. I tend to think that broadcasts are a great idea, as long as they don’t replace the real thing… every live performance is different and nuanced, and it would be such a shame if all we had were recordings of each opera/play/concert.

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