Hollywood and Broadway

I have a part time job at two theatres in town (run by one company so I work at both) and I was talking to an associate recently about what Broadway shows have potential to come to my hometown in the future. There aren’t many shows on tour which haven’t been here already in quite recent memory. If a show comes back within 2-3 years, are the seats going to sell out as fully as they did the first time? Highly doubtful. And then what are you left with?

At the same time, though, there are fewer and fewer new shows out there. The Phantom of the Opera was here recently and while it’s been 20 years since it was here last, it’s a revival show, as are Chicago and Les Miserables.

Hollywood is becoming the same way. Film franchises like Batman have been redone many times and they just keep adding onto the series, no matter how long it’s been. There’s a new Star Wars film fans are anticipating now, a new Jurassic Park, a new Terminator film. When will it end? Hollywood has gotten on a major kick of “rebooting” old movies in the hopes that they can cash-in on the brand name yet again, to fill their fat cat pockets.

Our two main industries of entertainment – film and theatre – are going to run themselves into the ground revising, revamping, rebooting the blockbuster shows/movies, because sooner or later, people are going to get tired of seeing Star Wars 22 or seeing the entire story of Chicago played out on stage by two people.

Hollywood and Broadway producers need to stop worrying about whether or not every single movie/show out there will make them a ton of cash and step out on a limb. Take your hands out of your fat cat pockets and take a chance on the Off-Broadway shows that are doing well, or even moderately well. Hollywood needs to delve deeper into the unknown comic book characters/stories instead of redoing the ones we all know. I, for one, loved Guardians of the Galaxy (saw it three times at the cinema) and had no idea it even existed. Leave the cult classic movies – like Ghostbusters – alone and look at sleeper hits like Pitch Perfect.

You’re loosing your mark as the place to film movies, Hollywood. Wake up now before you find yourself not even the main place to be a movie star…

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