Broadway invades China with song and dance

National Theatre Live brings its London shows to big screen across the United States. Now Broadway will be doing the same thing — in China.

Broadway Worldwide Entertainment Media, which most recently screened the Tony-winning musical “Memphis” in movie theaters, is teaming with China’s Sun New Light Culture Development to produce and distribute two to four musicals a year filmed live in HD, Lorne Manly reports in today’s NYTimes.

Broadway street sign in Manhattan

Apparently many more digital screens have been built recently to better serve all those dancing feet. Click here for the complete story.

Last night I took my two 20+ kids to see the NTL 90-minute, non-stop production of “Medea,” and they both enjoyed it. Airing Broadway shows around the U.S. more often seems like a good deal to me. Unlike NY Times critics, a trip to London to see shows is not in my budget.

There are certain plays everyone should see on stage in their lifetime and Euripides’ tragedy is one of them. It’s not on the must-do list of most college or regional theaters and we all know it wouldn’t do well on Broadway without a mega star. But we can now check if off our list of stage classics.

My list of must-see shows includes: “Hamlet,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “A Doll’s House,” “Death of a Salesman, and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”

What’s on your list?

 

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