Acting in Plays, Singing/broadway

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I am really curious as to why isn't Broadway available on dvd?  Recently the Broadway run of Evita Ended but so many people didn't get to see it,, so why not when certain runs End can't they release them on DVD?  movies, concerts, sports are available why can't Broadway do that with now ended shows?  If a show has ended wouldn't they make more money by releasing them on DVD? thanks for your insights!!

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This is a question I'm sure a LOT of people would like answered, and the answer is really quite simple. The biggest problem with putting a Broadway show on DVD is the rights.

When a production company of any kind is going to do a show, they have to pay royalties (not too bad in the case of community theatre, and a major part of the budget on Broadway) and sign a contract with the holder of the performance rights. This contract usually gives the production company the performance rights only for a specific number of shows in a particular market area.

Most especially, the rights contracts usually ONLY allow for live performances, and many shows - especially musicals - have specific prohibitions in the contracts against any kind of "mechanical recording". For them to record it alone would mean paying significantly higher royalties or penalties, which most production companies simply can't afford. This means, sadly, that most live performances are lost to posterity once the show closes. And, just as sadly, most Broadway shows don't have the "draw" to sell enough DVDs to make up the expense in royalties.

(In the case of movies and concerts, the DVD rights are usually part of the production budget, and promoters of sporting events usually have to pay no royalties.)

Your best bet is simply to wait for a given show to be made into a motion picture - as they recently did with "Les Miserables" - and then wait for it to come out on DVD ... and hope that the movie is as good as the stage version.

Sorry for the bad news.

-- Spyder

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Especially the Seattle theatre scene. Seattle is the number two theatre city of the nation, having more theatres than any other city (including Chicago!) except New York. I know the reputations of most of the local theatres, have worked with quite a number of them, and am currently earning the majority of my livelihood through live theatre. Beyond that, I have been a working professional for the past 10 years (after a long career in an unrelated field), have done just about everything in the field, and have done every possible type of theatre. Currently, I am also pursuing a new (and unexpected!) career as an animated film producer. (PLEASE NOTE that I am NOT an expert in music!) ***DO NOT*** ASK ME QUESTIONS REGARDING AUDITION SONGS OR MONOLOGUES - the answers require way too much information to be passed along by the All Experts system.

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I have been an award-winning actor, singer, playwright, director and administrator (on various levels, all categories) for the past 30 years. A large part of my expertise has been with live theatre, although I do have a minor connection to filmed theater. I have done musicals, straight dramas, straight comedies, and experimental theatre.

Organizations
Theatre Puget Sound Magical Mystery Troupe Centerstage Theatre Conservatory Board of Trustees (former) Express-Theatre Northwest (former) Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater

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Unrelated trade publications

Education/Credentials
B.A. in Theatre Arts, Gonzaga University M.Ed. in Education and Technology, Western Governor's University (in progress)

Awards and Honors
Mutiple awards (ask for specifics), Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Valley Community Players, Best Supporting Actor

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C's Animation Studio Productions, LLC

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