Should the Orchestra Stay in the Pit?

On the New York Times’ Letters to the Editor page, Broadway fans have been debating the qualitative difference between live orchestras in the pit and having the music piped in from another room.

One asks, “What about the actual live, vibrating sound waves coming from acoustic instruments? Doesn’t someone paying a fortune for a ticket deserve to feel the vibe? Isn’t this an integral part of live music? This is a very bad idea. The audience deserves the whole package. Please don’t let this become standard practice. Give audience members all that they deserve and bring the band back home now.”

Another points out that “People recoil with horror at the idea of prerecorded music on Broadway. But with amplified music of any kind, and most certainly with music coming from a different floor in the theater, the net effect is no different in kind from a prerecording.”

This is an important debate and one worth having!   What are your thoughts on this trend?  Is having live music piped into a Broadway show much better than playing a recording, or to your taste and experience can anything match having the orchestra in the same auditorium with the performers and the audience?  Let us know on Twitter, Google Plus, or Facebook!  And remember to take a moment, if you haven’t yet, to sign the petition demanding Broadway producers keep the music live.

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