Chelsea (leeofcuttyhunk) wrote in green_room,
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here's a little bit of conversation

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/01/arts/theater/01MCKI.html

I thought this was interesting in theory. Yeah, the telecast of the Tony Awards have been kind of lame lately (especially with 1999's mess), and could use some help, especially if they would like to make them more popular in terms of ratings (which doesn't have to be a bad thing, and doesn't have to involve Britney Spears like this guy seems to think).

So you're in charge of the Tony Awards. What do you do?
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All right, I have several thoughts on this topic, but tiredness and work in the morning are prohibitive, so I will contribute one little bit and add more later.

Maybe it's just me, but isn't spicing up the Tonys like adding food coloring to the bathwater but ignoring the baby? (To totally warp an expression...) I'm not going to deny that there are current Broadway shows with youth/all-age appeal, but the entire Broadway experience has become more and more elitist thanks to soaring ticket prices and less enthusiasm for new voices. It seems to me that the idea should be to revitalize theatre itself -- and then the Tonys should right themselves. As it is, it's nothing more than icing on a not-so-fabulous-to-begin-with cake.