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Bluejay
Bluejay
Wed, Aug 03, 2016 6:41pm

I wonder how many kids will go on to discover a love of theater after reading this?

Oh, they love it already. Lin-Manuel Miranda got to ’em. :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S826EnmJyM4

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  Bluejay
Wed, Aug 03, 2016 7:27pm
Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  Danielm80
Wed, Aug 03, 2016 8:17pm

Brilliant. :-)

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  Bluejay
Fri, Aug 05, 2016 10:38am

But the potential audience of kiddies discovering theater is *much* larger for the HP play-in-book-form.

Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Fri, Aug 05, 2016 1:15pm

As long as they’re not disappointed that it’s not actually a novel. :-)

Nathan
Nathan
Thu, Aug 04, 2016 3:22am

This just in, authors are bad people if they revisit their own intellectual property… and if you feed into this behavior you’re basically killing cultural progress.

RogerBW
RogerBW
Thu, Aug 04, 2016 2:30pm

Meh, it’s just like serial television: if people bought the last one, bring out another one. If they didn’t, don’t. This is why the last one of anything open-ended is almost always rubbish.

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  RogerBW
Thu, Aug 04, 2016 4:57pm

Well, yes, but there’s almost universal agreement–even from the author of the essay–that this play isn’t rubbish. But even if it were, that doesn’t mean that audiences like rubbish, or that we aren’t willing to try something new.

The lesson–if there is one–goes something like this:

(1.) Large corporations need safe bets, projects that are pretty much guaranteed to make money. That way, they can stay in business and, once in a while, even take a risk on something original.

(2.) (a.) Audiences may not be nearly as enthusiastic about a rehash of something they used to like. But some projects–like this one–are worth the attention.

(b.) Some people are foolish enough to fall enough for the hype time after time.

(c.) And if the large corporations aren’t releasing anything else, audiences may be desperate enough to pay for the rehash.

(d.) Unless it’s Independence Day: Resurgence.