Broadway Protest Tonight!!
Broadway Musicians Will Perform in Times Square To Protest “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” Producers For Replacing Live Music with Recordings
Top musicians to protest Priscilla as “Save Live Music on Broadway” petition gains worldwide support via SaveLiveMusicOnBroadway.com website, Facebook and Twitter
Nationwide poll of Broadway musical theatergoers reports that 91% say
“The best part of a Broadway musical is the live music.”
NEW YORK, NY—May 26, 2011: As part of the Save Live Music on Broadway campaign, top Broadway musicians and supporters will mount a musical protest from 7-7:30 p.m. tonight outside “Priscilla Queen of the Desert” at the Palace Theater (1564 Broadway, between 46th and 47th Streets in Manhattan).
For the Save Live Music on Broadway campaign, a coalition of Broadway composers, lyricists, musicians, performers and top professionals from the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and The Julliard School have joined with the non-profit Council for Living Music to keep Broadway live.
Producers of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert have drastically cut the theatre’s live orchestra and forced the remaining musicians to play along with a recording. Critics have been appalled, calling the show “synthetic to the core” (Time Out New York); “mechanical and monotonous” and “karaoke-inspired” (The New York Times); “a glossy costume party masquerading as a musical” (New York Daily News); and declaring that “the songs… blend together into an undifferentiated morass” (everythingmusicals.com).
For an industry so central to New York City tourism, it is noteworthy that in a 704-person national survey of Broadway musical theatergoers released last week, three out of four respondents said they would not buy tickets to a show if they were aware it would be using recorded music to replace some or all of the musicians. (To see full poll results visit SaveLiveMusicOnBroadway.com.)