Today’s blog post is written by Cheryl Dolby, Manager, Business and Lead Development, Patron Technology.
TV viewers have recently been treated to live productions of award-winning and classic musicals on network television drawing new attention to the magic of live theatre. Theatre lovers have long known there’s nothing like the immediacy of seeing a live performance, where anything can and sometimes does happen – just ask the woman in the audience who had her cell phone snatched by Patti Lupone as she made her exit through the house!
In the past, television variety shows often featured Broadway stars performing scenes and songs from their current show. In the 1950s, NBC produced three telecasts of Broadway’s original 1954 production of “Peter Pan,” starring Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard and PBS has been the regular option for viewers to see Broadway on TV through its “Great Performances” and “Live from Lincoln Center” series.
When NBC took, what appeared to be, a somewhat questionable step to bring back live theatre to network TV in 2013, the skeptics were waiting. Read the Article