Category Archives: Audience

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, … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, Broadway, New York Times

It’s a Blue Christmas Without Live Music

The holiday season is here, along with all of its attendant traditions: the drinking of hot chocolate, the exchanging of gifts, the singing of carols. Unfortunately, in Boston, there is a new holiday tradition that is about as welcome as … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, dance, Press, rockettes

Fans Remember Favorite Broadway Performances

Recently, we asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite Broadway performances.  Here are some of your replies:   “The orchestra for Wicked blew me away. The extremely high caliber of musicianship and the terrific writing were superb and not … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, Cabaret, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked

Made In China: Outsourcing Live Music

As regular readers of this website know, the replacement of live music with recordings is not only affecting fans of Broadway; it has become increasingly common in the world of ballet.  As we reported earlier this year, the Washington Ballet … Continue reading

Posted in Annie Get Your Gun, Audience, ballet, Broadway, History

Sound Science: Why We Prefer Live Music

Like most people, you’d probably rather see live music performed than listen to a recording.  But do you know why?  Actually, it is in part because we get visual cues from seeing musicians perform.  These cues inform how we feel … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, Broadway, Musicians, Science

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

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

“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