Would you see a show in "preview"?

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Would you see a show in "preview"?#1
Posted: 5/16/08 at 1:19am
...or would you wait to see it when it officially opens...?

Sometimes previews give the opportunity to see how a show evolves, of course, if seen again once it "officially" opens. I find this most rewarding and educational...
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#2
Posted: 5/16/08 at 1:20am
Would I? Of course. I have.
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Posted: 5/16/08 at 1:22am
Updated On: 5/5/09 at 01:22 AM
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#3
Posted: 5/16/08 at 1:35am
Well, my asking is because most people might consider a "preview" as not worthy of dishing out money for, and might want to wait until the "official" final production is staged...
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#4
Posted: 5/16/08 at 1:36am
Or maybe your perception is that it's "most people"? You're asking here to make sure, right?

And hey, that's why previews often don't cost as much...
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#6
Posted: 5/16/08 at 1:50am
I wait until reading the reviews (not just the critics, but boards like this) and decide if I want to see it or not.
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#7
Posted: 5/16/08 at 1:57am
Even if I see a show in an "out of town" production, I think I still would go see it in the 'preview" stage before a Broadway opening...this stage is almost like a transition state which could be quite fascinating to witness.
Of course, I am talking about worthy shows here. I don't think I would go THAT far, for a show that is just not that talented :I

Ah, Lizzie, "most people" WOULD include all of us here re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#8
Posted: 5/16/08 at 6:14am
What I love seeing is either the first preview, opening night, a performance early in the run, or closing night. All four of those times not only have the cast at their peak, but the audience is the most receptive. I've been to a ton of preview performances including:

Little Shop of Horrors (Saw Again)
Wicked (Saw Again)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Did not see again)
The Woman in White (First Preview, did not see again)
Lestat (Last Preview before Opening Night)
Mary Poppins (First Preview, seen twice since)
Legally Blonde (First Preview, seen twice since)
Young Frankenstein (Saw Again)
The Little Mermaid (First Preview, saw again)

That's about 9 shows right there...
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#9
Posted: 5/16/08 at 6:22am
jag...I'm almost jelous of your record! What an impressive feat, and how lucky for you to have been blessed with these opportunities! It is a Broaddway fan dream come true :)
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#10
Posted: 5/16/08 at 6:24am
I see a show whenever I have time and finances. If this means seeing it in previews, so be it. I like the idea of seeing a show early in previews then coming back a little later in the run to see how it went, but I'm very poor (due to spending all my money on theatre tickets), so I mostly see shows just once, as and when works with my schedule. ^_^
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#11
Posted: 5/16/08 at 6:30am
Weez, me too!!...especially so last year... :I
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#12
Posted: 5/16/08 at 6:59am
I've only seen one but it was amazing. Also cheaper seats but that didn't matter because I did lottery.
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#13
Posted: 5/16/08 at 7:04am
Absolutely - I generally try to see every show about 1 week prior to its official opening. The show at that time has been set, members of the cast are likely not to be absent and just in case the show doesn't make it much past opening night, I had the chance to see it.
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#14
Posted: 5/16/08 at 9:17am
Go see it in previews! I have seen two shows in previews that closed shortly after opening, The Times They Are A-Changin' and Glory Days, both of them I am glad I saw in previews because I would have had no chance to see them had I gone after they opened, and then I would have missed out on seeing something truly awful! So yeah you never know what will be the next Carrie or Glory Days, act now before it's too late!
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#15
Posted: 5/16/08 at 9:57am
Good point, acrocksyo, if I'd realised Glory Days was going to close opening night I would have gone to see it in previews, but I waited and missed it. I think the only time I've gone to a preview was Grey Gardens, and that was because a friend ended up with a spare ticket. I should probably consider it more often.
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#16
Posted: 5/16/08 at 9:58am
Yep the early bird catches the worm or flop in this case!
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#17
Posted: 5/16/08 at 10:03am
Love seeing shows in previews. For all the reasons stated above. Additionally, it depends on my schedule. While I get into the city about 1X a month, I can never be sure.

For example: about a month ago I found out I COULD be in the city THIS weekend. I grabbed tix for both Saved! and Port Authority: both in previews and both on limited run. If not, I wouldn't have had the chance to see the at all due to scheduling.

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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#18
Posted: 5/16/08 at 10:03am
The best is seeing pre-Broadway shows in previews, then after opening, and then on Broadway. I haven't done all three of these things for any one show, but two out of three more than once. re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#19
Posted: 5/16/08 at 10:06am
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#20
Posted: 5/16/08 at 10:23am
I saw "Xanadu" in previews...and have gone back twice since...make that three as of May 29 or 30th.

Probably seeing "Equus" during previews...seem to be more tickets available then.
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#21
Posted: 5/16/08 at 10:23am
I was at the final preview for Spring Awakening off-Broadway and it was fun. It appeared Steven Saters Family was sitting right by us. I got to chat with Duncan Sheik and Mr. Sater told me that they knew the show was already going to move but he didn't know where to. There was a real exictement in the air. And the cast was full of energy. I also saw Caroline or Change, The Color Purple, The Homecoming, A Raisin in the Sun and a few other in previews on Broadway.
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#22
Posted: 5/16/08 at 11:01am
Have done so, and will continue to do so...
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#23
Posted: 5/16/08 at 11:19am
If you (a) can afford it and (b) are in New York all the time, seeing previews is perhaps one of the best ways to learn about the process of creating a musical.

I wasn't able to get to the out-of-town tryouts for Legally Blonde, which, save for "Wicked" is probably the best-represented show on Youtube.

I have to say, watching the San Francisco footage and comparing it to the MTV show, or any other footage shot at the Palace is like a master class in directing.

The show was clearly on its feet in San Francisco, but the amazing amount of detail work that was done prior to the Broadway opening is amazing.

I love previewing (and besides, as in the case ofthose lucky enough to see "Carrie" and a few other shows, that may be all you'll get.
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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#24
Posted: 5/16/08 at 11:37am
I love seeing shows in previews, and then usually go back during the run to see what has been changed. As has been said, if you can afford it, it's a great way to see the evolution of a show. While there have been a few exceptions (Deuce and The Country Girl come to mind) the preview performances are not any less professional (in terms of lines, choreography, etc.) than post-opening performances.

I saw the off-Broadway Frankenstein in an early preview, and in that case the director spoke to us before the show to thank us for being part of the creative process and explain that they had just put something new in that day, so hopefully it would go off fine...and if there was a train-wreck we would see him again. Things went fine, and at intermission and after I saw him talking with random audience members about the show.

Some shows do talk-backs especially during previews to get a feel for the audience reaction as well.

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re: Would you see a show in 'previews'?#25
Posted: 5/16/08 at 11:53am
"Well, my asking is because most people might consider a "preview" as not worthy of dishing out money for..."

Well, producers often heavily discount tickets to shows in previews. Xanadu had a $49 discount in previews and Cry-Baby had a $54 discount.
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