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The Show Must Go On

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Please forgive my brevity today. I’m in an unholy tizzy. Tell you more tomorrow.

New York theaters and performance spaces are all closed until 2021 (or later), and I confess I’m getting a little (read: a LOT) twitchy not being able to go to the theater or concerts. I thought today would be a good day to share some fascinating behind-the-scenes peeks at some of the world’s most beloved companies.

Enjoy!

Hey! You’re still here. Okay. This bit is something of a downer, but it came up in my search, and I felt like I should share. The last Broadway show I saw with Beloved and the Posse was The Inheritance, a 6.5-hour, 2-part play, loosely based upon Howard’s End, that looked at how the AIDS plague affected modern gay men. It was all the things – moving, funny, heartbreaking, brilliant, and at times, a little long – but I loved every minute of it. Little did we know it would be our last show of 2020. The pandemic was headed our way, and nothing could stop it. I think it was the last time I was perfectly unaware that our lives were about the change.

Anyway, the play’s author, Matthew Lopez, wrote an article for Vogue about the last time he saw his brilliant-if-long play, about a month after we saw it. I thought you might find it interesting.

Will Theater Come Back? What Will It Look Like When It Does?

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

6 thoughts on “The Show Must Go On

  1. Today’s backstage look was interesting. I have never been to New York City. I did, with great interest see a behind look at how some of the Disney animations are done. This was still in the analog age. I did know somebody so I got to watch some of the items come off the trucks and set up for a ‘Cher’ show. That was a blast. I loved working on the simulators for the US Navy. Hal

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    • I find every element of backstage preparation fascinating, and you’ve done some cool things! I’ve had many, varied behind-the-scenes jobs over the years (for fun), and I’ve enjoyed every single one of them.

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      • The few times, I got to see backstage symphony orchestra pre-show they had finger food for the cast and workers. That was not in any of today’s posts but I hope it was there hiding somewhere. Post-show Cher had a major spread. I continue to be amazed at what Hollywood can do today. The first time somebody told me that the car never moved the background did I was amazed. Hal

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      • I can just imagine the spread Cher had. That must have been so much fun!

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  2. I look forward to returning to this post when I can have the volume on (four virtual learners mean I have to be as silent as possible when I get in from work). I have never actually seen a Broadway performance. As you know, I love musicals and theatre so I would absolutely love to see a Broadway show some day. Let’s hope that is once again possible for all of us.

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