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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Why do the longest running plays never get revived?


From David Boevers' weekly news mailer. I would love to get a discussion going on this.


1 comment:

  1. People have short memories. I think musicals stay with people longer because someone can buy the CD and learn the lyrics to a song in the musical. If you note, the best musicals have at least one "sticky" song that the audience takes home with them. Unless the plays have a line or two that are "quotable" people forget. As I read this, I found myself thinking: "I remember that play!" But I can make a list of favorite musicals from scratch quicker than a list of plays. If I do make a list of plays, it will have a significant number of classics and new plays. The middle ones, get forgotten.