Live Performance Is It The New Norm?

A live performance of Hairspray debuted on NBC two days ago. While it was a refreshing change from the reality shows dominating the television airwaves lately, why are networks choosing to air live performances?

It all begin with a funky and live version of The Wiz in December 2015. Millions tuned in to watch an updated version of the original movie that starred Diana Ross and Michael Jackson and many others and was produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. It was a combination of a great stage play and combines sections of the Broadway play and the movie.

The Wiz live performance. Source:
The Wiz live.

The result was a smashing success and lead the charge for other live shows to take center stage. Soon after, it was followed by other classic movies that were turned into live shows. They are not intended to replace or by any means be better than the original versions. It is just something different.

Many people seem to be crazy for musicals and viewing them on television is a lot cheaper than going to the theater. NBC was successful in their endeavors which prompted Fox to follow suit with a live version of Grease.

Grease live performance. Source: Fox.
Grease live performance.
Source: Fox.

A live performance is a great form of wholesome family entertainment. It is also a good way to see a musical without having to spend a ridiculous amount of money on theater tickets. They incorporate portions of the original movie and the Broadway versions. It is definitely a change from the traditional, boring television programming.

So if you are in the mood for something different, try grabbing the family or a few friends and pile around the television set in the den. Before the live performance ends, you will probably be singing and dancing along with the cast. And most importantly, it’s cheaper than going to the theater.