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I can't imagine this being viable unless streaming films are released *after* the show closes in NYC (or even 1st tour)
Posted by: Chazwaza 09:23 pm EDT 04/06/21
In reply to: There’s a lot of broadway shows - dramedy 06:56 pm EDT 04/05/21

Producers (and many others) are banking on you knowing that you might have a worthwhile experience in a theater seeing the show live, one you're willing to role the dice and dollars on. If people start to know that many shows they might pay to see live are available streaming at the same time or soon after, I think a LOT of people will choose to save their money and watch at home. And while watching a filmed production is better than not at all, it is a usually a severely compromised experience of the show and production compared to what chemistry or theater energy magic might mix to give you a good experience. You're far more likely, I assume, to give a show a *second* chance for $25 streaming, or see something you missed entirely on stage.

Also, as a tourist are you often finding yourself flying and hoteling for *one* show? No you're likely seeing 3-9 shows at least in your visit. Each show is still going to want a chance at taking one of those slots.

I do not want to get to a world where Broadway shows play 3 months to qualify for awards and to get the film done and then move on because it's way cheaper to sell the video and too many people don't bother paying for tickets.

I'd say the show has to close in nyc, or at least have been running a full year or two first, and probably a tour has gone out, before producers will want the streaming film out there to anyone with a screen and a chair.

And while I assume for people who love live theater, this may not impact them much because they know the magic of being there live even if they don't like the show... I know for sure there are shows I wouldn't have seen, which were magic for me live but wouldn't have been on video. And also for most people, i think, even a well made stage film is distanced and boring and not like it is live... in many ways I don't think it will help sell the show to the audience. I dunno... it's tricky to pull off well, and expensive.
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