I was at a networking event earlier this week and got into a conversation - one that I’ve had countless times with theatre professionals and audience members alike - where the central questions are:
“Should Broadway shows be about the art or the money?”
“Is there a place on Broadway for shows that are only light and feel-good? What about dark, depressing shows?”
“How do you expect to get new audiences if all shows look, feel, or sound alike?”
Now, I don’t find the mere asking of these questions to be problematic, but I do find the heart of this oft-had conversation to be problematic. Whichever side you fall on - and yes, there do ultimately seem to end up being two sides to this conversation - there is an insinuation that one type of theatre should exist on Broadway and another type should not.
But my big question is: Why?Read More