Live TV Musicals and Why They Are Failing

FOX has released several live versions of musicals, most recently tackling Jesus Christ Superstar. They have previously opted to do Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, and others. Fans of these shows have offered mix reviews and criticism, including being dissatisfied with editing the tone and content of the shows. Why do these live, for-TV musicals continue to be made? Why are they not being met with the success and acclaim of their theatre counterparts?

  • Good topic. Maybe watching TV is different than being in a theater. Also, this topic could be approached contrasting recent TV musicals with ones from a decade ago or farther back to see what insight can be gathered. – Joseph Cernik 6 years ago

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