USA - BroadwayGlobal shares the message to theatre patrons that you may want to put that phone and camera away for just a few hours in a live performance! If you don't put the recording devices away, the days of waiting for the theatre Usher to find you and scold you in front of your peers is over. Our society is more aggressive today and so are the stars on Broadway. Theatre patrons may not need to wait for a House Manger or Usher to tell you stop texting, turn off the cell phone or stop taking video. Theatre is no place for taking pictures to post on your facebook and You Tube.
Theatre Chat reminds every arts lover that we must share stories like this if we are to educate a new theatre audience for tomorrow. If we don't set the standard for our society as new technologies become available each day, then that Kodak moment could land you on America's Most Wanted. Stop the madness put away the cameras and phones for a few hours of live performances. It is distracting to the hundreds of theatre audiences that are enjoying the live moment on stage.
"A pre-show announcement is made at every professional performance. Even if you have never been out of your home, it is quite clear that copy right laws and for the safety of the performers, it is not safe. They do not allow texting, phone calls, recording, videotaping as well as flash photography. Recording is strictly prohibited! For those of you that don't understand the word prohibited.. the definition is - "by law, a rule, or authority has forbid a person or group from doing something." So stop tapping, texting, filming, recording or taking pictures or you may be on America's Most Wanted." Theatre Chat.
A facbook post told the Kodak moment of truth. Matthew Broderick stopped the show, "Nice Work If You Can Get It" Friday on Broadway to chastise an audience member for breaking the rules. Spies at “Nice Work If You Can Get It” say the star spotted a man filming him, and chided the rude camera dude mid-performance. “Broderick broke character to tell someone in the front row to stop filming him,” “He will not tolerate people filming or shooting pictures.” A rep confirmed the incident, adding, “When Matthew addressed the person, he stopped.”
"Stars should use peer pressure to educate audiences. The days of waiting for an usher or House Manager are over. Let the rest of the audience enjoy the live theatre performance. Maybe word will get out around the globe. If nothing else the audience will remember Matthew Broderick, Patti Lupone or any star who stops the Kodak moment. Some Kodak moments are meant to be out of the presence of the theatre." BroadwayGlobal.
While some facebook reactions said "Diva". Steve Pozgay.
Leanne Germann posted " I get the copyright thing for filming but sometimes people get caught up in the moment of seeing someone that they admire."
Jane Kelly "Respect in the theatre is respect in the theatre."
Tracey Magruder "Sorry, but the saying is the show must go on...not the show must stop so the actor can break the fourth wall and yell at the audience. It is the job of the house manager and ushers to deal with this sort of thing, not an actor who is supposed to be professional. Just my opinion."
Nicki Wright "The ushers and house manager should be on these things so that Patti LuPone and others like Matthew do not have to."
Jane Kelly "The opening statement in a theatre reminds you to turn off your phone and filming is not allowed, actors are tired of the lack of respect, this is not your living room!"
Steve Pozgay "The most disrespectful thing that an actor can do is stop a performance for no other reason than the fact that he doesn't like the fact someone is filming him. A class act wouldn't film, but an even classier act would not stop a performance and break the momentum and concentration of the cast and crew for nothing other than to have sycophants who think these stars are beyond reproach talk about how great they are for matching stupidity for stupidity. You want the guy thrown out for filming? Tell it to the ASM when you get in the wings and let security handle it."
Steve Pozgay "Matthew Broderick behaved more like Axl Rose last night than a Broadway "star"; see video of Axl Rose attach a fan; http://youtu.be/uOXDbMne6Ek"
Jane Kelly "Have you ever been on the stage putting your heart and soul on the line for three hours, 8 performances a week?"
Steve Pozgay "Yes. For the last 21 years. Want to see my headshot and resume?"
Jane Kelly "After his successful 31 year career he had a moment of wanting to protect the actor. So don't most professional actors understand having a moment."
Leanne Germann "I think that the actors should be more appreciative of the people in the audience. The patrons are the ones who have helped to make these actors' careers successful by attending their performances. As a performer for over 40 years, I would never not appreciate the public who helped me achieve my dream, limited though it may be."
What is your thoughts on videotaping, picture taking, recording of a performance? Please share this article on facebook or or favorite form of social media with your feelings. Should a star stop the show to scold a fan?
"Nice Work If You Can Get It" review. "Nice Work If You Can Get It" is a Theatre Chat top pick. Matthew Broderick and Blythe Danner have extended their runs in the show. For tickets visit www.NiceWorkOnBroadway.com.
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