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Videos of past musicals..?

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Videos of past musicals..?#0
Posted: 5/24/03 at 10:42am
Hi there!

Im new to the forum - i used to be an avid lurker at Broadway.com, but sadly its closed now! Anyway, my question is surrounding taped performances. I have a feeling these are frowned upon, as they tend to be bootlegged, but I was wondering if there is any known copies of the 1996 revival of Forum, or Guys and dolls (92)?..Im looking for these in particular for references (for a theatre group). Unfortunately, we only have the 55 movie to work off of (which is a horrible representation of the musical:S)

Anyway, any insight would be greated thanked!
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No bootleg discussions please...#1
Posted: 5/24/03 at 10:53am
only kosher videos - Actor's Equity is watching.....
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Rob's right...#2
Posted: 5/24/03 at 11:00am
You may only trade copies of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Rob's right...

Kidding.. In all seriousness - posting about bootlegs is a BIG no no...
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Oh..#3
Posted: 5/24/03 at 11:02am
My apologies Rob - did not mean to stride off the path. Its understandable..Bootlegs do only go to ruin it for the performers. Thanks for clearing it up-
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Don't need bootlegs.#4
Posted: 5/24/03 at 11:04am
If you're really doing it for reference, you should try the Lincoln Center archive. If you're planning on directing a show, you can just go down and see the video of it. From what I know, they're not the best, but they are reference videos and not for entertainment use.

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I second that#5
Posted: 5/24/03 at 6:06pm
Lincoln Center Archives is a great resource..... :) and it's a great way to legally see musicals which are no longer running on Broadway.
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Thats great#6
Posted: 5/24/03 at 6:08pm
I will have to do that next time I come up. Do they keep archives of Off Broadway shows to?

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London#7
Posted: 5/24/03 at 6:28pm
Just for everyone to know - London has an archive of filmed shows, but you have to have a reason to watch it, usually for a university course or something. It's at the Theatre Museum in London (which is an awful museum IMO).
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at Lincoln Center unless you had a very good reason to--like researching a role, etc.

Is it true? They ARE open to anyone who wants to see them?
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.#9
Posted: 5/24/03 at 6:58pm
You have to have a reason, yes. I have viewed tapes there though :)
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...#10
Posted: 5/24/03 at 7:27pm
Yeah, they're tight-asses about it. You can't see the same musical more than once, either. I've seen some shows there, for research purposes.
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I've heard they aren't very good ....#11
Posted: 5/24/03 at 7:49pm
quality either. Sigh. It was brought up on another board that even if Mr. Crawford doesn’t get the POTO movie (which at this point I hope not) that at least the stage version was filmed for archives. There is a record of his work in POTO, at least.

Here’s hoping that one day they will be made available to the public at large. I know I would like to see some of them.
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"Authorized" Videos#12
Posted: 5/24/03 at 8:56pm
I've heard there are "authorized" videos a handful of performances such as "Into the Woods" from the 80's.

Why do a few do it and most don't?

In my opinion, "authorized" quality videos would be the logical step after Broadway and Touring are completed. The current tradition seems somewhat archaic!
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.#13
Posted: 5/24/03 at 9:06pm
Also, if you can get your hands on them, there are also very legal press reels of some shows.. both currently running and not. I have a few myself, as my grandfather used to be a photographer for a NY newspaper
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LC tapes#14
Posted: 5/25/03 at 3:58pm
yes they are tight about it. you have to call LC to ask permission then call the company that holds the rights to the show and ask THEM for permission and then have them fax this permission to LC...
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You only need permission...#15
Posted: 5/27/03 at 5:33pm
for certain shows at LC Library. But you must have a "reason" unless you are some well known person and then the LC staff falls all over you. I know, I used to work there.
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