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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2012, 11:49 am »
As I said to a set designer yesterday, now we know how cops, lawyers, and doctors must feel when watching things like NYPD Blue, any court room procedural, and Grey's Anatomy.  ;)

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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2012, 12:27 pm »
I'd agree babens, except that those professions are not (generally) seen by the public to be a band of curiosities, riff-raff and ne'er-do-wells who don't 'really' work and only live for their own self-gratification.

There may be bad cops, lawyers and doctors portrayed with a raft of personal foibles, but at least its because they have a stressful 'real' job as far as viewers are concerned.

And really, you know we just get together the week before Opening to mount a production, right?
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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2012, 09:48 am »
I'd agree babens, except that those professions are not (generally) seen by the public to be a band of curiosities, riff-raff and ne'er-do-wells who don't 'really' work and only live for their own self-gratification.

Agreed, general audiences know that being a doctor, lawyer, or police officer in real life is not that fun, especially when they see the cops that have to guard grocery stores or doctors at Patient First, but they really have no idea how our job works outside of what they see in this show, honestly this is also not good for younger people who are thinking about going into theatre either, I remember how I "thought" everything was going to be as I got older and boy was I wrong but this show just reestablishes all of those ideas.
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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2012, 12:12 pm »
Since when did being in tech mean that the rest of your life stopped and decisions were based on it?

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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2012, 10:42 am »
Hey look! She called a cue this week!
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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2012, 02:07 pm »
But note that it is the director who tells the actors "Places!" And the stage manager calls the show from backstage.

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« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2012, 03:44 pm »
Well planetmike, being something of a traditionalist (and older than I care to think about), I have no real problem with the SM calling the show from backstage. And heck, with the technology available these days in the way of monitors, infrared cameras and the like, its a whole lot easier than in 'ye olden dayes'.

I 'get' the value of the SM seeing / calling the show from the front (albeit often in sealed room as far from the stage as humanly possible), but I often miss the connectivity of being on the deck.

(And jeez, if I think about it, I even recall the British terminology PS and OPS - though thankfully, I never had to use it)

But I digress...
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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2012, 08:34 pm »
Almost every NY commercial show and touring show call from backstage.  You are monitored out the wazoo - my last musical I have six monitors.  The SM would rotate our to note from the front of the house - - - real estate is valuable in NYC theaters, most theaters don't have booth.

Although you don't get the same view, you gain a lot from being backstage.




 
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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #23 on: May 08, 2012, 10:53 pm »
Just tossing my 2 cents in here as well - I always call Ballet from backstage. I've only called from out front once and I absolutely hated it. (I had to call from the front as there was no room for my console due to the number of wagon set pieces.) When I go work in "regular" theater and call from the back of the house (or in the middle of the balcony in one really weird theater) I feel totally detached from the actors. As long as I have my stage monitor, maestro monitor and cue lights, I'm a happy camper backstage.

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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #24 on: May 09, 2012, 01:57 am »
If I remember correctly, Wicked is the only musical currently running on Broadway where the SM is calling from the house and not from backstage.

Every opera I've ever worked on has been called from backstage.

I personally love being backstage to call the show.

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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #25 on: May 09, 2012, 06:55 pm »
Cool, I learned something about NY theatre from Smash! I didn't know about the prevalence of back stage calling there.

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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #26 on: May 16, 2012, 08:13 pm »
Well, it took until the season finale, but it seems the writers finally let the SM string entire sentences together while communicating face-to-face with the artistic team and while directing performers and actions onstage.

Doubtless all this newfound power will, next season, make her the murder target of 'Ellis' as he lurks  - Phantom of the Opera-like - in the New York theatre they transfer to.

Or the writers could take the time to learn what it is a SM does and how a real production is mounted, though, as is often the case, no one would believe it.

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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #27 on: May 17, 2012, 01:31 am »
She even called an Equity break! Though they held one actor to go through her costume quickchange on her break...so...
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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #28 on: May 17, 2012, 05:54 am »
I 'get' the value of the SM seeing / calling the show from the front (albeit often in sealed room as far from the stage as humanly possible), but I often miss the connectivity of being on the deck.

(And jeez, if I think about it, I even recall the British terminology PS and OPS - though thankfully, I never had to use it)

But I digress...

PS and OP (as far as I've found) are really only used in large-scale opera/dance houses over here.

Just tossing my 2 cents in here as well - I always call Ballet from backstage. I've only called from out front once and I absolutely hated it. (I had to call from the front as there was no room for my console due to the number of wagon set pieces.) When I go work in "regular" theater and call from the back of the house (or in the middle of the balcony in one really weird theater) I feel totally detached from the actors. As long as I have my stage monitor, maestro monitor and cue lights, I'm a happy camper backstage.

I'm currently calling from out front for a play in the round.....and I'm really not a fan! I want to talk to my SM, but she's doing cues, and wireless comms are sadly not an option at this venue!

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Re: SMASH - the TV series
« Reply #29 on: May 17, 2012, 09:18 am »
I am pretty sure they all know what a stage manager does, and things like a copyist (who was NOWHERE to be see when writing new music).

It's just that stage management doesn't make thrilling T.V.

"On Tonight's Smash, a dry tech to end all dry techs . . . what will happen when the bedroom set stops moving upstage in a nail biting 15 seconds of terror."

I think the drama of the people is vastly more interesting.

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