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Harry Potter—do I consider it 2 shows or 1?

Phantom4ever
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Hi all, I am sure that some of you are theater weirdos like I am and you keep track of your broadway shows. I keep a running list of all broadway shows that I see. I am seeing HP parts 1 and 2 on Saturday and I’d like some opinions on if people consider it one show or two shows. If HP part 1 is my 100th broadway show, would part 2 be my 101st broadway show or still be my 100th show ? Thanks for your thoughts.
Micki7
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Posted: 7/6/18 at 6:00pm
I would consider it two shows. There are two different playbills after all.
greenifyme2
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2 shows or 1#3
Posted: 7/6/18 at 6:40pm
One. Someone asked me today how many times I’ve seen it and I replied “2 and a half”
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2 shows or 1#4
Posted: 7/6/18 at 6:57pm
I’m a meticulous list-keeper, so I’ve thought about this before as well, and here is the answer I’ve arrived at:

If you’re counting the number of productions, then count it as one. But if you’re counting how many times you’ve attended a Broadway show, then count it as 2.

The best way to gage which it is, is whether you count repeats: if you count repeats on your list, then count HP as 2, because in that case you’re not counting the number of unique productions, you’re counting how many times you saw a Broadway show. But if you don’t count repeats on your list, then I say count HP as one.
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haterobics
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2 shows or 1#5
Posted: 7/6/18 at 7:23pm

It certainly looked like two on my credit card statement.

UncleCharlie
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Posted: 7/6/18 at 7:59pm
Playbill has it listed as 1 show with 2 parts. That's good enough for me.
ilysespieces
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2 shows or 1#7
Posted: 7/6/18 at 9:37pm
To me, they're one show cut into two parts. Pretty much the opposite of Angels in America, despite HP giving you two different Playbills (though only the cover is different) and Angels giving you the same one for each part. When organizing my Playbills I could have split them and had Part 2 be the start of a new binder based on how I organize my Playbills but I wanted to keep them together since I don't feel right splitting them.

Enjoy the show!
ilysespieces
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Posted: 7/6/18 at 9:38pm

greenifyme2 said: "One. Someone asked me today how many times I’ve seen it and I replied “2 and a half”"

Double post, but I just saw this. Me too! When I say 2.5 times I always have to then explain what that means, it's hard to grasp for some people. 

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LesWickedly
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2 shows or 1#9
Posted: 7/6/18 at 9:40pm
I agree with what others have been saying. Angels, while the best way is to see both parts, is two separate shows and originally came out at two separate times. For Harry Potter, it is of the utmost importance to see both parts and they’re meant to be seen together, as one.
Fosse76
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2 shows or 1#10
Posted: 7/6/18 at 11:01pm

UncleCharlie said: "Playbill has it listed as 1 show with 2 parts. That's good enough for me."

Exactly. It's one show in two parts.  Like a miniseries.

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2 shows or 1#12
Posted: 7/7/18 at 12:08am
I’d consider it 1 show. After all, it was considered one show in regards to The Tony Awards. And when you buy the script, it’s in one book.
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