« on: Feb 25, 2014, 05:16 pm »
Here we go - often these musicals are put forward to make money - they are commerce, they are there to entertain, to make money, and return on the investment.
That's what commercial theater is If it's art, then that is frosting on the cake.
One of my favorite games to play is to find a musical not based on a previously written work, history or movie? It's hard. Why? Because if you are going to sink twenty million in a new musical, you want to know the source material is already proven.
Either you like it or your don't - but it employs a hell of a lot of people in this industry.
BUT . . . not all theater is that way, not all theater is directed to the masses.
[I should disclose I have done one of these movie to musicals, and start another this year . . . ]
I like to compare theater to restaurants . . . most popular restaurant in the world? Subway. Not he best food, and it doesn't pretend to be anything other then what is. The fantastic bistro that seats 30 people, and the chef comes around to every table - maybe the best restaurant you have ever been to - but chances are it's not going to make as much money in the world.
Theater is both entertainment and art, commerce and other things all combined . . . I learned a long time ago I have very little to do with the artistic merit of show - those things are out of my control when I am just the SM . . . so I go along for the ride regardless of what the scale and scope of my show is.