re: "Enjoy the show"
Last Edit: Chromolume 01:33 pm EDT 03/16/23
Posted by: Chromolume 01:21 pm EDT 03/16/23
In reply to: "Enjoy the show" - aleck 11:07 am EDT 03/16/23

I'm very sorry to inform you, aleck, that "show" is a very common word USED BY INDUSTRY FOLKS, INCLUDING ACTORS AND PLAYWRIGHTS to denote plays, musicals, operas, and all other types of theatrical entertainment. Comedies, tragedies, what have you. They are shows. (At very least, consider the etymology that it is something being "shown" to an audience. Get it?)

What's funny is that I've never heard this semantic complaint before as applied to Broadway (musicals or plays), only opera. There are those pearl-clutching opera fans who could faint dead away at the mention of "show" as applied to their sacred art form, as if the word degrades it. (Much as you feel, I guess.) But I've heard opera singers use the word ("I need to be on vocal rest today, I have a SHOW tomorrow night"), and I've heard opera house general managers/producers/directors/designers use the word as well. And I'm a huge opera fan, btw, and I have no problem with the word "show" in this instance. Because opera is, at its most basic, a form of show. So are plays. So are musicals. And yes, so are the Rockettes. They are all different types of shows, but oh yes, they are all shows.

So, enjoy the show, or don't enjoy the show - whatever you like. But whatever it is that you're seeing, it's most emphatically a show.

And, "welcome, Miss Eve Harrington, to this business we call SHOW...Welcome to the theatre." :-)

Thank you.

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