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Happy Birthday, America! Now that the 2011-2012 is just drawing to a close, let’s see what some of your cities had to say about various theatre tours that criss-crossed you over the past six months. (Note: All of these shows below will be back out on The Road for the 2012-2013 season):

AMERICAN IDIOT

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

BILLY ELLIOT

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

THE LION KING

MAMMA MIA

MEMPHIS

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

SHREK

WEST SIDE STORY

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Check out this super awesome promo created by my company, BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA announcing our 2012-2013 season in Boston! (More season announcements from around North America to come in my next post…)

 

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It may be a new year, but we’re only at about the halfway mark of the 11-12 touring season. Want to see what critics have been saying about the various 11-12 tours so far? Just check out these links below…

WICKED – Pittsburgh

SHREK – Yakima

MEMPHIS – Memphis

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET – Cleveland

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Toronto

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Regina

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Palm Beach

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – El Paso

BILLY ELLIOT – Philadelphia

ROCK OF AGES – Akron

LES MISERABLES – Minneapolis

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – Chicago

MAMMA MIA! – Columbus

AMERICAN IDIOT – Toronto

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Calgary

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This is a quick follow-up to my last post about Broadway musicals being taped live and then screened at movie theaters across the country. After MEMPHIS‘s recent debut on silver screens nationwide, an article in The Denver Post predicts this may become a trend, but questions if this is such a good idea for the National Tours and local venues “when the movie cost $20, and seeing any musical live can run six times higher.”

After “Memphis,” make way for more screenings of stage musicals

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This season, Broadway has brought us several film to live theatre adaptations, including CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, and SISTER ACT. This isn’t a new phenomenon. In recent years there has also been THE WEDDING SINGER, LEGALLY BLONDE, BILLY ELLIOT and SHREK just to name a few.

And, of course, we can’t forget Disney.

Also not a new phenomenon are adaptations that go the other direction  — from Broadway shows to film: OKLAHOMA in the 50’s, GYPSY in the 60’s, HAIR and GREASE in the late 70’s, CHICAGO in 2002, MAMMA MIA in 2008, and NINE in 2009 are just some of the many examples from over the years.

And now, there’s a somewhat new twist on this adaptation model.

This weekend, the Tony-Award-winning Broadway show, MEMPHIS is on silver screens across the country — but it’s not a film adaptation of the musical. The Broadway show was taped live back in January using high-definition cameras and sophisticated sound recording, and so this is the actual Broadway show being screened in over 500 movie theaters nationwide.

MEMPHIS is certainly getting a lot of press out of this, which will be helpful to build name recognition for the title as the show prepares to tour in Fall 2011. However, will people who have now paid just $20 to see the “Broadway show on film version” be inspired to see the show live for two, three, and in some markets possibly four times the price when it goes on tour? Will this screening turn out to be a severe misstep, or savvy marketing? Clearly the MEMPHIS team is banking on the latter.

Only time will tell, but in the meantime, here are some articles about the screening that also discuss using film versions of live stage performances as a tool to potentially capture greater interest.

DENVER

“Memphis” on the movie screen: It’ is better than Broadway?

HOUSTON

Win a Ticket to Tony Award Winning Musical “Memphis” Screening

LA JOLLA

La Jolla-born ‘Memphis’ returns on movie screens this week

CALGARY

Theatre comes to the big screen

TAMPA

‘Memphis’ brings its award-winning Broadway show to movie screens

PHOENIX

Broadway’s ‘Memphis’ on movie screens in Arizona

COLUMBUS

Cameras capturing live plays, opera in HD


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