TVs on stage?

aces25
Broadway Star
joined:1/13/04
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 04:31pm
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!
Wee Thomas2
Leading Actor
joined:2/28/12
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 04:33pm
Tommy and American Idiot immediately come to mind
TheGingerBreadMan
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/12
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 04:40pm
Hairspray.
Some people can get a thrill, knitting sweaters and sitting still. That's okay for some people, who don't know they're alive!
emeraldmist
Chorus Member
joined:1/29/13
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 07:12pm
Bye Bye Birdie
EgermanArmfelt
Stand-by
joined:7/25/12
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 07:24pm
Rabbit Hole
Playbilly
Broadway Legend
joined:3/30/12
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 07:26pm
Sondheim on Sondheim.
"Through The Sacrifice You Made, We Can't Believe The Price You Paid..For Love!"
cdgunzz97
Swing
joined:5/3/12
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 08:00pm
There's the scene in Sister Act where Curtis and the gang is watching the news report on the nuns on TV.
sparrman
Broadway Star
joined:2/21/07
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 08:05pm
Hurlyburly. The main character Eddie has an entire monologue directed at the TV, as Johnny Carson is on.
Deena Jones
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/03
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 08:13pm
Chess in London
twinbelters
Broadway Legend
joined:1/6/10
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 09:52pm
What about movie screens? Evita. Sunset Boulevard?
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Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 09:55pm
The Wooster Group's Hamlet.
BrodyFosse123
Broadway Legend
joined:2/27/06
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 10:00pm
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.
So what does that make you, Brody? A zero-trick pony? - Wanna Be A Foster .........................The only power brody wields is in his own mind, joe. But it's amusing to watch him pretend nonetheless. - tazber
CapnHook
Broadway Legend
joined:5/12/03
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 10:11pm
BRING IT ON had TV screens that acted as backdrop scenery, computer screens, and video screens.
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
JohnyBroadway
Broadway Legend
joined:4/10/12
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 10:13pm
Memphis.
aasjb4ever
Broadway Legend
joined:3/29/09
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 10:16pm
I've heard the incoming revival of the scottish play will use TV's onstage...
What a colossal piece of crap! It'll probably run for years.
darquegk
Broadway Legend
joined:2/5/09
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 11:21pm
The Godspell 2001 National Tour "Yellow Album" used them.
ghostlight2
Broadway Legend
joined:12/5/04
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/21/13 at 11:24pm
Don't recall the name of the show, but Bill Irwin used a tv extensively in one of his.
TheGingerBreadMan
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/12
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/22/13 at 07:45am
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?
Some people can get a thrill, knitting sweaters and sitting still. That's okay for some people, who don't know they're alive!
FireFingers
Stand-by
joined:11/16/10
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/22/13 at 09:13am
Matilda has a fair bit of tv action, including a song about how everything a character has learned is from telly.
SoonerOrLater
Broadway Star
joined:8/1/08
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/22/13 at 09:15am
"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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Jon
Broadway Legend
joined:2/20/04
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/22/13 at 03:01pm
"Largely New York" was the Bill irwin show that used TV monitors.
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/22/13 at 04:24pm
Just wondering-Didn't "The Farnsworth Invention" have them? It was, after all, about the invention of the TV.
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/22/13 at 04:28pm
I can't recall the actual television having a remarkably physical presence in The Farnsworth Invention.
Mister Matt
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/22/13 at 04:33pm
I've heard the incoming revival of the scottish play will use TV's onstage

Macbeth. You can call it "Macbeth".
"What can you expect from a bunch of seitan worshippers?" - Reginald Tresilian
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/22/13 at 04:35pm
WHAT ARE YOU DOING MATT YOU'VE DOOMED US ALL
Mister Matt
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
TVs on stage?
Posted: 2/22/13 at 05:51pm
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.
"What can you expect from a bunch of seitan worshippers?" - Reginald Tresilian

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