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Orlando Bloom's ROMEO & JULIET Is Coming To Movie Theaters In February

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newintown
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The whole country - nay, the entire world - deserves to see badly-done Shakespeare.
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Jordan Catalano
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I didn't get to see it so I'm looking forward to it. But besides that, I'd never even heard of this "broadwayhd" company. Hopefully they'll film a LOT.
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ClydeBarrow
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I don't think this is something that should ever be released upon the world at large. Such a horrible production.
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Jordan Catalano
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Well I'm still excited for
A) A show I didn't get to see live
B) A new company distributing broadway productions.

Maybe the show sucks. Maybe it doesn't. At least I'll get to go and make up my mind about it.
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promisespromises2
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And bored myself to tears again? No thank you.
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RippedMan
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I'd see it! That's exciting.
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Jordan Catalano
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No, RippedMan, it's not. Just read the responses. It's a bad thing.
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newintown
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There's also a very valid argument to be made that live theatre loses a lot when videotaped or filmed. Case in point - that pretty bad Merrily We Roll Along.

When the camera decides where you'll look, you might as well just watch TV.
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bwayphreak234
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I can't wait to see this.
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OperaBwayLover
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"There's also a very valid argument to be made that live theatre loses a lot when videotaped or filmed. Case in point - that pretty bad Merrily We Roll Along."

At the same time, it's also good for those of us who can't make it to NYC too often- ie the Metropolitan Opera moviecasts and "Great Performances." Granted, there have been doozies with those as well (I walked out of the Met's "First Emperor" moviecast with Placido Domingo because I disliked the music), but most of the time the good stuff outweighs the bad.

All the same, R&J is not my favorite Shakespeare by a long shot, so I'll wait for the DVD of this to come to my library or redbox.
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South Fl Marc
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What a shame this really lousy production (acting, directing and design) is being taped and the incredible production of The Glass Menagerie is not
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Jordan Catalano
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Yeah, the argument that people love to make about this doing harm to theater is just nothing but complete and utter bullish!t. Do you think the Metropolitan Opera is hurting when they do the same show every single year and it's also always on TV? NO. It still sells out. The broadcasts help to make new fans who come to see shows live when they are able to.

Saying that shows should not be broadcast and distributed is an elitist argument made only by people who are able to see any and everything they want since they live in a close proximity to it.
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willep
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Ugh, why couldn't they film Richard III instead?
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I really wish Glass Menagerie was being filmed. While it can never recreate the feeling of experiencing it live, I would love to have those performances preserved to enjoy again.

I think filmed stage shows can be good. If you're a theatre person, or performer, you can appreciate what the actor is doing even if you're not seeing it live. Not to mention the amount you can learn from seeing a performance in such an intimate way.

Theatre is magic, and part of the magic is that is exists for a short time then becomes a memory. But sometimes it's nice to have something to represent those memories.
Rinaldo
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// Do you think the Metropolitan Opera is hurting when they do the same show every single year and it's also always on TV? //

Maybe I'm misunderstanding this, or it's intended as hyperbole or something... but the Met doesn't do the same opera every single year, and the same productions aren't shown every year in HD and on TV. In fact, opera fans (like me) complain that many of their most interesting productions don't make it to video in any format. Yes, a few operas have been repeated since they started doing the HD simulcasts, but they're not a majority.

I do wish that the Importance of Being Earnest that was shown in movie theaters a few years back could be released on DVD. It was in many ways an exemplary production, and the intermission features with David Hyde Pierce would be just right for DVD extras.
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Borstalboy
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Maybe the moment Lady Capulet STEPS OVER Tybalt's body to deliver a line will play better on film.
"It's now rather very common to hear people say 'I'm rather offended by that'. As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more than a whine. It has no meaning, no purpose. It has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that'. Well, so f**king what?"--Stephen Fry
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Sutton Ross
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Out of all the wonderful plays that were offered this past fall...yuck. This was such a terrible production.
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Wynbish
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As someone who has never seen a non-touring Broadway production on stage and may not see one, I welcome even seemingly bad productions.
Updated On: 1/25/14 at 02:47 PM
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Sutton Ross
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I just wish they would have given folks who can't make it to NYC a really great production.
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Kad
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I think filming and distributing theatre is a great thing, but I am baffled by the choice of this remarkably unsuccessfully production.
CATSNYrevival
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Maybe it's just me, but the majority of Broadway shows that I own on DVD that were released commercially were remarkably unsuccessful. That doesn't mean I don't love them.
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theaterdrew
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Orlando Bloom is a movie star. Bafflement solved. :)
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CarlosAlberto
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^ ^ BINGO!!! Jane Doe in Montana does not care if you think that this was a bad or unworthy production to be chosen for filming. She wouldn't know bad Shakespeare if it walked up to her and smacked her across the face. All she knows is that that hottie Orlando Bloom is in this famous play and that's enough for her to purchase a ticket to go see it...and in the end that translate into $ $ $ $. Which justifies the reasoning for filming it. That is all that matters.

Updated On: 1/25/14 at 05:51 PM
AntV
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Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream was also filmed to be shown in movie theaters. That production was much better and I am excited to see it again. I hope they release it on DVD or streaming. I don't want to sit in a movie theater to watch it after I had already watched it once before live on stage in the theater.
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bwayphreak234
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Anyone here going tonight? I am, and I must say I am quite excited!
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