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Re: NBC's live productions

Postby Catspaw » Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:34 pm

Thanks for the info and link, bookworm. It looks like it could be a fun production, though the promo was pretty short.
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Re: NBC's live productions

Postby bookworm » Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:35 am

Yeah, they've never really shown anything about the shows they're just to introduce the cast I guess.

Like last year's I'm not familiar with this show, but will check it out as part of this series.
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Re: NBC's live productions

Postby Catspaw » Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:41 pm

I've never seen the original film, but I have seen the movie that came out a few years ago and mostly enjoyed it. I'm not expecting any big plot departures. There are some fun songs! I would like to see this production, since live musical productions are pretty cool. :D
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Re: NBC's live productions

Postby bookworm » Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:26 pm

I enjoyed this quite a bit. It was well performed and a good production. I wasn't familiar with the show going in, but I liked it. It's still a timely story of rejecting prejudice against race and weight.

This was a big move away from stage sets like their past productions were to real sets, including shooting outside on a lot. I'm curious if that was a direct response to Fox doing that for Grease or if they would have changed it for this one anyway.

One thing I didn't really like was their continually taking focus off the show to hype up being a live event by cutting to various viewing parties. This shouldn't have to be a gimmick like that, the show you're putting on should be able to highlight the broadcast itself. That was my main criticism of Fox's production, too much of a sense of self importance about the details of the live production rather than the actual show they were producing.

The behind the scenes looks at the commercial breaks were obviously influenced by Fox doing that during their show, including a direct copy of showing the cast run off one set and get on carts to race to another set during the commercial. It didn't need all that, that was my least favorite part of the Fox production and I've never thought the NBC ones needed to start doing it, just put on a good show and show that.

The show itself was well done and I enjoyed it, it's just how it was presented that put me slightly off. But it was probably to be expected after Fox's show got a lot of praise while NBC's haven't been well received for whatever reason, so they're going to try to copy what they thought made the other work and apparently they thought it was having a host constantly interject to hype up the live-ness. I disagree, but I get why they did it.

Something I thought was neat about the broadcast, though it's not about the actual show, is some of the companies that had commercials during the night embraced the context and did live ads in the style of those older times the story is set in.

NBC is doing a great job finding these unknowns capable of headlining the shows, last year Shanice Williams in The Wiz and now with Maddie Baillio. They didn't get overwhelmed by the production, sang really well, and had the right presence for the roll. One critical note on performances that stood out to me in this one though was Ariana Grande. I liked her acting parts, but I actually thought she was rather underwhelming in her singing parts. She wasn't bad, but I definitely expected more of an impact since she's a famous professional singer, but she seemed oddly subdued to me.

Anyway as a whole this was a solid production, overall the best so far in the series.
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Re: NBC's live musicals

Postby Catspaw » Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:37 pm

I had totally lost track of this, so I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed it, bookworm! :D I would like to see it at some point, so I'll have to see if I can soon. I agree that showing viewing parties over the actual production seems silly. Hopefully future shows won't continue that.
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Re: NBC's live musicals

Postby bookworm » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:52 pm

It appears NBC won't be having a production this year. They had shown a teaser way back during last year's show for Bye Bye Birdie, but that's reportedly been pushed back to next year.
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Re: NBC's live musicals

Postby Catspaw » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:18 pm

Hmm, I wonder if the ratings were low or if there was another reason? I'm not familiar with that musical (I've heard the name, but don't know more than that) so it doesn't really matter to me, but that is interesting.
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Re: NBC's live musicals

Postby bookworm » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:50 am

It seemed odd from the start to me that they were already advertising a full year early. Even if they were really confident about it that's too soon, so much can change before then.

There are rumors they dropped it for concerns it wasn't a very familiar title so it wouldn't attract viewers, or worry about competing with Fox's show, but they deny those and insist it's just postponed. The official explanation is scheduling conflicts with the cast.
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