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re: Thoughts on Bat

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Steve10086 01:58 pm MST 03/06/17
In reply to: re: Thoughts on Bat - angie 01:33 pm MST 03/06/17

However noisy darts may have become, you're still seeing the professionals playing darts. The audience (fans) don't get up and start throwing their own darts at the board. That would be the equivalent.

If the future of musical theatre is the "sing along" then I'm glad I won't be alive long enough to see it! I guess people will be shouting out lines during plays next.



> 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
> group.
>
> 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.
>
> Angie
>
> --
>
> > 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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