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    I like live theater... it is better than movies or music concerts. There I said it.
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    I like live theater too, although I'm not prepared to say unequivocally always better than movies. I like the 'freshness' you see when a performer interacts with the audience and when they 'up their game' and perform even better/more dramatically in response to applause or other audience reaction. You don't get that in movies.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
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    I like live theater too, although I'm not prepared to say unequivocally always better than movies. I like the 'freshness' you see when a performer interacts with the audience and when they 'up their game' and perform even better/more dramatically in response to applause or other audience reaction. You don't get that in movies.
    I think I've been dragged to too many crappy musicals and second-rate plays to say than I'm a fan of theatre. Although I did really enjoy Rent.

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    I enjoy some live theatre but typically enjoy the professional shows the best. I tend to get anxiety when watching a local company perform. I worry so much that they are going to screw up and embarrass themselves.

    My parents were lucky enough to score 4 free tickets to the Book of Mormon Fan Day 2012 and invited me along. It was a great show. I would highly recommend it if you can spend ~$175/ticket and can wait until March 22, 2013.

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    I have seen different levels of live theater
    High School - seperate question who was in their HS production ?
    College - not when I was there or local
    Local - no
    Summer Musical at an outdoor amphitheater - Texas: http://www.texas-show.com/about_show.html
    There is one nearby that I havn't been to yet - http://lincolnamphitheatre.org
    Touring Broadway - no
    Broadway in NYC - several times
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    I like live theatre. One of the big perks to living where I do is that I have access to one of the top university theatre programs in the country. I get to see some pretty high-quality stuff for a $10 ticket. They've laid a few eggs, but that has more to do with the play/musical itself rather than their performance.

    I've seen Broadway in NYC (only once), Touring Broadway (had season tickets for a couple of years), local theatre, collegiate theatre and high school theatre. I was involved in high school theatre, helping out on the technical side with set-building & sound. I also was a "performer" in my HS production of Grease, which featured a live band on stage (I was the band leader).

    A family friend was nominated for a Tony Award this year.

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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    I enjoy some live theatre but typically enjoy the professional shows the best. I tend to get anxiety when watching a local company perform. I worry so much that they are going to screw up and embarrass themselves.
    I agree. I wouldn't argue that a high school performance is better than a movie, only the professional stuff is better. The wife and I saw Wicked last night (the national off Broadway tour) and it was phenomenal. I would pay that kind of money, and watch it over and over before I pay to watch Lindsay Lohan do anything.
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    Quote Originally posted by Hink View post
    I would pay that kind of money, and watch it over and over before I pay to watch Lindsay Lohan do anything.
    Anything? OK, the court of public opinion recognizes you are a stand-up guy and accepts that as a true statement.

    Back on topic - I like all kinds of live theater as well, and in August I will be going to see Wicked as well. Really excited. We also have locally a really great little theater my wife and I like to go to that does melodramas with a live pianist and the whole works. Really really fun stuff. I wondered if there are theaters like it other places? They write their own shows. It's called the "Desert Star".
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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    Anything?
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    Quote Originally posted by ursus View post
    Anything? OK, the court of public opinion recognizes you are a stand-up guy and accepts that as a true statement.
    Fair enough. Let's go with Justin Beiber instead.
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    I was in several High School productions, but I can sing so it was a good way to meet chicks.
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    I was in several High School productions, but I can sing so it was a good way to meet chicks.
    Nobody wanted to hear me sing but I could paint and build sets and it was a good way to meet chicks too.
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    If you want to see a hilarious mockumentary on community theater see the movie "Waiting for Guffman" (same guy who did "Best in Show"). Great stuff, and maybe not that far off.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118111/

    That said, I've actually been to quite few live theater productions, from the grade school level to big stuff like Miss Saigon and Les Miserables at Auditorium Theater in Chicago. I used to be friends with the admissiokns director at the School of Music at U of Illinois so would get free tickets to shows all the time at Krannert Center for Performing Arts and a lot of great shows came through there... Stomp, Blue Man Group, Shakespeare Repertory groups, Carmen, and lots of symphonies and other musical acts. I've always loved it. I'd say my favorite is the local improv theater I've seen in Chicago, though. Lots of very well known talent has been developed in those places.
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