Sunday, June 19, 2011

Downside of crowdsourcing?

from the New York Times:

“It’s very scary if people are going more towards that, to have audiences tell you how to make a show,” said Ms. Taymor, a Tony Award-winning director of “The Lion King” and other stage works and films. “Shakespeare would have been appalled. Forget about it. It would be impossible to have these works come out because there’s always something that people don’t like.”

Ms. Taymor bemoaned, too, the instant reviews that audience members posted on Twitter and blogs of the early preview performances of “Spider-Man.” The musical began running in late November even though work was still underway; the producers said the show had to start earning money given the expenses involved.

“Twitter and Facebook and blogging just trump you,” she said during a moderated discussion before an audience of 1,000 people at the annual conference of the Theater Communications Group, an umbrella organization of regional and nonprofit theaters. “It’s very hard to create, it’s incredibly difficult to be under a shot glass and a microscope like that.”


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