Category Archives: Broadway

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

Prerecorded Priscilla’s Box Office Woes Continue

As we’ve previously noted, the grosses for Priscilla Queen of the Desert have tumbled downwards in recent months.  This marks the third consecutive month of falling revenue for the first Broadway show to replace live music with recordings.  In fact, … Continue reading

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

Broadway Fans’ Passion for Live Music Continues to Amaze

  When producers of Broadway’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert decided to use a recorded string section, they had no idea it would unite musical fans across the world in a campaign to keep Broadway live!  The passion of Broadway … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, Broadway, Comments, Me and My Girl, Musicians, Phantom of the Opera, Priscilla, Supporters, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Wicked

Broadway Audiences Know Live Music is Irreplaceable

  Broadway fans the world over continue to send us stories about how live music has touched their lives.  It is so inspiring to know how much live music means to so many people.   What You’re Telling Us:   … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, Broadway, Comments, Musicians, Supporters

Give The People What They Want: Live Music!

The success of the campaign to keep Broadway live has gone worldwide: theater fans have come to this site from 113 different countries!  Comments continue to pour in, telling us how much live music means to them.  Below are some … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, Broadway, Comments, Supporters

Priscilla’s Downward Spiral

Broadway audiences are rejecting recorded music.  As seen above, Priscilla Queen of The Desert, the first musical in the history of Broadway to use recordings in the place of live music, has been experiencing falling revenues.  The average weekly gross … Continue reading

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

More of the Audience Sounds Off About Live Music

Below we have a small sample of the positive comments and stories that have been coming in from all over the world in support of keeping Broadway music live: “I am a musician, have played many shows on Broadway and … Continue reading

Posted in Audience, Broadway, Comments, Musicians, Supporters