Pick the Tonys with Talkin' Broadway

Is there a lot of nudity? And was getting into a theatre way easier thirty years ago?
Posted by: portenopete 12:41 pm EDT 04/10/24
In reply to: Cabaret phone policy - jjbkvm 11:09 am EDT 04/10/24

The only show I've been to that implemented a "sticker over the camera lens" policy was A LITTLE LIFE in London and that was due, I assumed, to James Norton's prolonged nudity. (I think I removed the sticker immediately upon sitting down so I wondered why they went to the bother. And, no, I didn't feel the need to record or photograph anything.)

Has anyone ever done a study to learn how much more efficient scanning tickets- be they on a phone, on a print-out or in a hand- compared to simply presenting a ticket to an usher and taking your seat? How much mix-up insanity was there when ushers were just checking tickets visually? Were there constant incidences of people being there on the wrong night? I am just old enough to have experienced non-bar coded , printed tickets. My first Broadway show ticket was bought on Telecharge phone lines in 1981 so it was a computer-generated ticket but I'm guessing there was no scanning yet. When did that start? Maybe not until well into the 1990's?

My memory is that the entrance procedure into Broadway shows was far less stressful and time-consuming then than it is now. Of course post-9/11 you started adding security checks. (And can I just ask why the producers can't engage security personnel who are pleasant or friendly in requesting people open their bags? The hostile, aggressive nature of many of the agents is really off-putting. And hardly necessary given the benign nature of most theatregoers.)

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