The Tony Award nominations were last week . . . so don’t you think it’s time for The Streaming Theater Awards?
Except they don’t exist. Yet.
Streaming Theater is a thing. It’s not a fad. It’s not a phase. And it’s not a lesser art form.
It’s a thing.
It’s a new form of entertainment that is going to stick around post-pandemic (and let that be soon).
And there has been so much of it already, that these productions deserve their own recognition and their own awards (Which will, of course, market the form, and make it an even bigger thing. Awards do that – so seek them out for your niche – or create them yourself!)
So if you got excited about the subject of this blog, and opened it hoping to see your name in the list of the first annual Streaming Theater Award Nominations . . . then maybe you’re the one to start ’em.
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Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of chatter about what CBS might air on Tony Sunday instead of the actual, aborted, Tonys.
I heard about Best Ofs, Tributes, and a whole host of other ideas (including some with some pretty big celebrity hosts).
And at the end of the play, CBS chose Grease.
Ok, ok, I’m not giving them full credit.
They chose a Grease sing-along.
A wop baba loo bop a wop BS.
This was a hard one for us Broadway avids to take. The Tonys is our Super Bowl, our Masters, our Christmas, and Hannukah rolled into one for some!
And now that night will consist of four chords and three jokes.
Now listen – I actually love me some Grease. Those four chords and three jokes are some of the most brilliant around when you calculate how many people this show/movie/classic has kept smiling over the past 50+ years (not to mention how much money it has made).
So, I apologize for knocking it. It’s just I love the Tonys that much.
What happened to all those other ideas? The Best Ofs and so on?
What happened is what usually happened . . . someone added up the cost of a revised “Tonys” (as well as the time and logistics involved in making it) and compared it to the cost of showing Grease. Guess what won?
See, it’s not so easy to just pull old Tony Awards footage out of a vault and show it . . . like you can pull an old movie out of a vault and show it. The Tony Awards telecasts weren’t set up for replays. And it’s just too expensive to do it. So our sister-in-show-biz, the movie industry, has a leg up on us here.
But hopefully, this will teach us that we need a mechanism in place for situations like this (as I wrote about here), and our lack of flexibility with what we can do with our content is causing us to lose the battle.
We’ll win the war. Because nothing replaces live.
And in the meantime, on Sunday, June 7th, I’ll just watch Netflix instead.
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The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending July 7, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.
The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending June 30, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.