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TVs on stage?
Posted by aces25 2013-02-21 16:31:53


Hi there,
I'm working a multimedia project in relation to multiple mediums and was curious of some examples of shows that literally have televisions placed on stage with the actors. Maybe they interact and respond with the televisions.
Thanks for your help!

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Posted by Wee Thomas2 2013-02-21 16:33:17


Tommy and American Idiot immediately come to mind

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Posted by TheGingerBreadMan 2013-02-21 16:40:08


Hairspray.

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Posted by emeraldmist 2013-02-21 19:12:50


Bye Bye Birdie

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Posted by EgermanArmfelt 2013-02-21 19:24:02


Rabbit Hole

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Posted by Playbilly 2013-02-21 19:26:22


Sondheim on Sondheim.

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Posted by cdgunzz97 2013-02-21 20:00:53


There's the scene in Sister Act where Curtis and the gang is watching the news report on the nuns on TV.

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Posted by sparrman 2013-02-21 20:05:02


Hurlyburly. The main character Eddie has an entire monologue directed at the TV, as Johnny Carson is on.

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Posted by Deena Jones 2013-02-21 20:13:05


Chess in London

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Posted by twinbelters 2013-02-21 21:52:56


What about movie screens? Evita. Sunset Boulevard?

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Posted by Kad 2013-02-21 21:55:03


The Wooster Group's Hamlet.

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Posted by BrodyFosse123 2013-02-21 22:00:06


BRING BACK BIRDIE had a whole set composed of TV sets and both JERSEY BOYS and The Who's TOMMY both incorporate "live" cameras and their "live" feed on TV sets on stage.

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Posted by CapnHook 2013-02-21 22:11:56


BRING IT ON had TV screens that acted as backdrop scenery, computer screens, and video screens.

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Posted by JohnyBroadway 2013-02-21 22:13:21


Memphis.

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Posted by aasjb4ever 2013-02-21 22:16:27


I've heard the incoming revival of the scottish play will use TV's onstage...

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Posted by darquegk 2013-02-21 23:21:33


The Godspell 2001 National Tour "Yellow Album" used them.

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Posted by ghostlight2 2013-02-21 23:24:44


Don't recall the name of the show, but Bill Irwin used a tv extensively in one of his.

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Posted by TheGingerBreadMan 2013-02-22 07:45:35


Memphis.

I thought about this, but did they really have TV's on stage? I remember early in the 2nd act Huey did his TV show and they had cameras, but where were the TV's?

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Posted by FireFingers 2013-02-22 09:13:12


Matilda has a fair bit of tv action, including a song about how everything a character has learned is from telly.

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Posted by SoonerOrLater 2013-02-22 09:15:10


"Treats" in it's run in the WE at least had a TV, if memory serves it was also relaying what was live on tv rather than a recording if that makes a difference.

The Wooster Group's Hamlet (as mentioned above) is also really interesting for the way they used replaying the performances.

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Posted by Jon 2013-02-22 15:01:12


"Largely New York" was the Bill irwin show that used TV monitors.

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Posted by dreaming 2013-02-22 16:24:05


Just wondering-Didn't "The Farnsworth Invention" have them? It was, after all, about the invention of the TV.

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Posted by Kad 2013-02-22 16:28:54


I can't recall the actual television having a remarkably physical presence in The Farnsworth Invention.

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Posted by Mister Matt 2013-02-22 16:33:06


I've heard the incoming revival of the scottish play will use TV's onstage

Macbeth. You can call it "Macbeth".

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Posted by Kad 2013-02-22 16:35:46


WHAT ARE YOU DOING MATT YOU'VE DOOMED US ALL

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Posted by Mister Matt 2013-02-22 17:51:15


It is a rather silly superstition. I've always wondered what they do when rehearsing or performing Macbeth. Too bad this revival is a solo production. I would have loved to have seen Sigourney Weaver as Lady The Scottish Play.

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Posted by theatregeek4 2013-02-22 18:30:54


Catch me if you can

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Posted by choitoy 2013-02-22 18:34:59


Didn't the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration version of "Sunday In The Park" with Raul use a lot of TVs? It was part of modern George's art chromolume art instillation, and they used TVs with videos of Raul instead of the cardboard cutouts of Mandy as in the OBC. Or am I misremembering (note, I did not see this production).

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Posted by artscallion 2013-02-22 18:36:40


Craig Lucas' God's Heart had a bank of TVs on screen that "God" spoke through as well as TVs scattered throughout the audience if I remember correctly.

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Posted by King of the City 2013-02-22 18:42:29


Many shows have used TV's as a part of the show. Avenue Q, both on and off-Broadway, have used two TV's on each side of the stage. I did not see this, but I believe in some pictures of The Whale, recently at Playwrights Horizons used a T.V.

*Might be considered more of an LED or "screen" type of thing, but Sunday in the Park(Roundabout revival) and Spider-Man use larges screens throughout the show. They definitely played a major part providing scenery and moving forward the story.



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Posted by TheGingerBreadMan 2013-02-22 18:44:16


Other shows I can think of right away: Hairspray, Sondheim on Sondheim, and Sister Act.



Those were already mentioned.

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Posted by King of the City 2013-02-22 18:46:11


^ Sorry, I edited it.

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Posted by GavestonPS 2013-02-22 19:09:10


Do I remember correctly?

Didn't APPLAUSE start with the Tony Award ceremony on a TV monitor and then seque into a live Lauren Bacall presenting the award to Penny Fully on stage (while we heard recordings of Margo's thoughts)?

Granted I was a teenager, but it seemed an inventive use of television at the time for a mainstream musical. I can't say the rest of the show was as creative (even though I loved it at the time).

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Posted by King of the City 2013-02-22 19:17:19


Gaveston, Applause did use monitors in the first scene. I have the libretto and it does say that the "Tny Awards" Hoster appeared on a screen and then Lauren Bacall would come out and present. I would have loved to seen the show. I think it has a great script but it sadly would not do good like its initial success. But yes, they did incorporate monitors into the show.

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Posted by kdogg36 2013-02-22 20:59:16


Didn't the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration version of "Sunday In The Park" with Raul use a lot of TVs? It was part of modern George's art chromolume art instillation, and they used TVs with videos of Raul instead of the cardboard cutouts of Mandy as in the OBC. Or am I misremembering (note, I did not see this production).

Yes on the screens, but to the best of my recollection, they showed still photos. Again relying on a sketchy memory, I think George had a camera and kept taking pictures of himself, which then appeared on the video screens. (I stand ready to be corrected on this!)

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Posted by EricMontreal22 2013-02-22 21:22:39


"The Wooster Group's Hamlet (as mentioned above) is also really interesting for the way they used replaying the performances. "

Sounds like they're keen on that--didn't their (abysmal sounding) production of Vieux Carre also have monitors on stage.

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Posted by Playbilly 2013-02-22 21:36:16


The recent revival of The Best Man used them on stage and among the audience.

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Posted by bobs3 2013-02-22 21:37:45


Someone already mentioned it but CHESS in London used a bank of a 64 television sets (the same number of squares as on a chess board). It was such a great set that it helped one to overcome the other problems with the musical (too bad the effect wasn't used in the Broadway production).

I didn't see CLOSER on Broadway but I believe someone told me there was a large monitor on the stage that displayed the chat room messages.

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Posted by King of the City 2013-02-22 21:40:49


bobs3 comment made me think of Speech and Debate. The first scene of the show used a large screen to show the chat message going on between one of the characters and someone in a chat room. I did not see the show but I have the script. Seemed like a great show though.

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Posted by perfectlymarvelous 2013-02-22 23:37:30


The recent production of Richard III with Kevin Spacey used a rather large screen during one of Richard's speeches...I'm not sure if it was recorded or a live feed but it was a shot of Spacey to make it appear as though he were addressing his subjects live on television.

Also, didn't Leap of Faith have television screens on the sides of the house with live shots of the audience/Raul as he was talking?

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Posted by dramamama611 2013-02-23 06:46:37


To the OP: Are you looking for tvs/screens being used in ANY way, or that the characters are involved with the use of the telly? Just the idea of a screen being for the audience doesn't seem to fit (from what I interpreted from your first post).


Speech and Debate was pretty interesting, but a tad overhyped (IMO).


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Posted by Patronus 2013-02-23 10:40:30


Damn Yankees features Old Joe yelling at the television while watching a Washington Senators game and leads into "Six Months Out of Every Year".

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Posted by Wee Thomas2 2013-02-25 07:21:33


Took me a week to come up with it, but "Intrigue With Faye", with Ben Bratt and Julianne Margulies pretty much took place around a big screen that was an integral part of the show.