Author Archives: The Council For Living Music

Prerecorded Production’s Profits Plunge

The controversial Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which has drawn fire for using a recorded string section in the place of live music, continues to see its grosses fall.  Last month saw the biggest drop in Priscilla’s average weekly take … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, Broadway, Musicians, Priscilla, Queen of The Desert

Save Live Music on Broadway… on TV!

We are very excited to announce our new commercial!  If you are in New York City, you can catch it during select episodes of On Stage on NY1 over the next two weekends!

Posted in Ads, Audience, Broadway, Supporters, television

Canning Tchaikovsky

The threat to live music on Broadway, which goes back decades but is now rapidly escalating, is part of an unfortunate trend around the world.  A few months back we reported on the replacement of live music in several shows … Continue reading

Posted in ballet, dance, History, Musicians, nutcracker, Protest, tchaikovsky

Prerecorded Priscilla’s Persistent Plummet

Priscilla Queen of the Desert, the musical which has sparked controversy over its producers’ decision to use recorded strings instead of giving the audience the full live musical experience you expect on Broadway, has continued to see their weekly box … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, Broadway, Priscilla, Queen of The Desert

Your Broadway Memories

On Tuesday, we asked our Facebook fans to tell us about some of their favorite memories of live music.  Thanks to everyone who contributed, we got a lot of great responses!  To help visualize people’s thoughts about live music, we’ve … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, Broadway, Comments, Supporters

Priscilla Producer Changing Tune?

Now this is rich!  The Nederlander Organization both produced Priscilla Queen of The Desert and owns the theater where it plays.  Now the Nederlander Organization’s Broadway Direct newsletter and website features a glowing piece on their latest production, a revival … Continue reading

Posted in Broadway, Broadway League, follies, Priscilla, Queen of The Desert, sondheim

The Decades-Old Battle for Broadway

The ongoing struggle to keep Broadway music live actually goes back long before this year’s controversy over Priscilla’s use of recorded strings or last year’s decision by West Side Story producers to dilute Leonard Bernstein’s classic composition with synthesizers.  Back … Continue reading

Posted in Bernstein, Broadway, Grand Hotel, History, Musicians, New York Times, Supporters, West Side Story

“But Is It Live?”

The current controversy over the decision by producers of Broadway’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert to use recordings in place of string musicians is not the first such situation to create a stir.  Last year, after playing over 500 shows, … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, Bernstein, Broadway, History, Musicians, Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla, Queen of The Desert, sondheim, Supporters, Tommy James, West Side Story

Campaign to Keep Broadway Live Heats Up!

  Like New York City in the summer, the campaign to keep Broadway live just keeps getting hotter!  We are rapidly approaching 5,000 signatures to our petition demanding Broadway producers give you the robust musical experience you pay for and … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, Broadway, Musicians, Phantom of the Opera, pippin, Supporters

The Authentic Musical Experience

This New York Times review of the fully-orchestrated version of Annie Get Your Gun at the Glimmerglass Festival really illustrates the startling power you can only get from a truly live musical: “Speaking of doing things naturally, this production uses … Continue reading

Posted in Annie Get Your Gun, Broadway, Musicians, Press