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Harping on Hamilton

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 by | 1 comment

Once again Angela and I sit down to talk about movies, only this time they are talking about Broadway. But in movie theatres. It made sense when we came up with the idea. Yeah, well, you weren’t there and what do you know? Anyways, welcome to our one and only episode of Harping on Hamilton. We hope you enjoy it.

Since Angela is about to drive (Angela’s note – Fly. I’ve told him two dozen times already.) to Chicago to watch the musical that she has been listening to everyday for months I thought it would be a good time to sit down and record about why I am so annoyed that Broadway shows won’t live stream in movie theatres. I think we can all agree that it is kinda weird that we can go watch a live stream of the MET, or the Bolshoi, or 5 idiots playing D&D in movie theatres but we can’t get even a single showing of Hamilton? What gives?

Anyways, we thought this would be a fun listen for all of you and please pardon my head cold throughout the duration of this episode. It feels worse than it sounds.

Additional Angela’s note – When talking about Hedwig and the Angry Inch I unfortunately referred to Hedwig as a drag queen when in fact the character is gender queer. I apologize for the faux pas.

Matt’s note – I have nothing of actual significance to put here. I just wanted to leave a note.

Thanks for listening everyone!


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1 Comment

  1. I disagree with the idea that the musical has more variety than drama. With drama you can be minimalist with something like Our Town,, make a lavish costume drama with something like a Shakespeare adaptation, go crazy with theatrical special effects with something like Dracula or Frankenstein, or post-modern with something like Endgame. That’s an enormous range, without even talking about comedies. The range of things you can do with drama is at least equal to what you can do with musicals.

    But, I agree that the musical is more accessible to most people via the fact that you can sell soundtrack albums and individual songs. Some of which may even make it to radio. The music and songs being accessible is part of what makes musical theater a success.

    And I think Matt’s right that getting stuff like Hamilton out to the masses is important. Yeah, it’s not the same as seeing it live, but you also have to cultivate fans for this generation and the next. It was in my lifetime that major league baseball wouldn’t televise home games out of fears that it would cut into attendance, only to reverse course and find that more games televised led to more interest and attendance.

    Heck, I can say from my own experience that seeing a production of Sweeney Todd with Angela Lansbury on cable or PBS helped make me interested in theater. PBS does a great service in that regards.

    Plus, if we’re going to make the argument that there’s a divide between the coasts and “flyover country” then one of the things that you can do to bring people together is not reserving stuff like Hamilton for the East Coast elites. Especially if part of your goal is to present the play to students. You’re going to miss a whole generation of students this way before it gets out to a lot of the country via touring companies and other means. Some places will never see a touring company.

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