|re: Thoughts on Bat|
||Marklbetya 01:39 pm MST 03/06/17|
|In reply to:||re: Thoughts on Bat - angie 01:33 pm MST 03/06/17|
|Interesting, but I don't think it's a real parallel. I think if the new dart fans were holding up banners that prevented others from seeing the action, it would be a more apt comparison.|
> Maybe this is just what happens, though.
> Kind of like - my family follow the game of professional
> darts. Back in the day, it used to be all... the audience
> need to be quiet and drink their beer quietly and smoke
> like crazy as they watch the game. Not as quiet as the
> snooker, but kind of quiet.
> Then someone thought it would be a good idea to run a
> professional darts league like they do pro-wrestling. So
> they gave the players funny nicknames, let the audience
> sing and chant, and hold up signs with jokes on, and wear
> fancy dress outfits...
> And lots of the original audience of darts fans hate it.
> They hate the chanting, they hate the singing, they hate
> the costumes and the silly names. And they hate the "no
> smoking" rules!
> But it proved really popular and the new audience is *so
> much* bigger now. The crowds are enormous, their age is
> younger, the prize money is enormous, so the players can
> go full-time and train more and that's raised the standard
> of playing a lot.... and, well, it's transformed it. The
> quality of darts in terms of playing at the top of the
> game is so high now, and that's a big draw for another
> So... maybe this is the kind of thing that is happening.
> Maybe it really isn't like theatre that you know, and
> maybe it's really something you don't like, but maybe
> it'll bring in a new kind of audience and work out well in
> the end.
> > This is another indication that the show is a "jukebox"
> > musical. It won't be taken seriously by a lot of musical
> > theatre fans.
> > > I guess this is where we disagree. You generally DON'T
> > > run that risk at the legitimate theater. You call an
> > > usher and get someone thrown out. At Rock of Ages or
> > > Mamma Mia this was not a concern. I worry about the
> > > future of the show if there are going to be some core fans
> > > singing along with the score.
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