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Q: What's a preview performance? ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: What's a preview performance?
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Performing Arts
Asked by: niknac1-ga
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Posted: 27 Oct 2005 10:31 PDT
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what is the difference between a preview performance and shows after
opening night on broadway?
Subject: Re: What's a preview performance?
Answered By: googlenut-ga on 28 Oct 2005 10:38 PDT
Hello niknac1-ga

A preview performance is an opportunity for the cast and crew to fine
tune the show based on the response of a live audience.  Often there
will be changes made prior to opening night based on what works and
what doesn?t work in preview performances.

Theater on a Shoestring
?preview performance -- special performance aimed at helping the
director to judge the response of the audience once the play is open
to the public. Usually, audience members are especially invited to
preview performances, however, some commercial theaters attract
preview audiences with reduced admissions.?
Woman in Black
?The notion of "previews" -- a discounted run-through in front of a
general audience, with an understanding on their part that the actors
are granted latitude to feel out the contours of their roles -- often
seems silly to audience members ("What difference can it possibly make
between a Friday preview and a Saturday opening?"), but it's the
confidence-building permission the performers give themselves to do a
little crawling before they (hopefully) spring onto both feet on
opening night.?
A dramatic gamble: Act III
(Google Cache of the page)
?Preview week is about nuance. For the creators, cast and crew, the
seven performances will be a chance to fine-tune before the official
opening night four days from now. They will make changes during the
day and try them out at night before an audience.?


?Improvements come from all corners during preview week. Stage manager
Gail Luna perfects his cues -- the hundreds of orders he gives to the
scenic, winch, sound and light teams at his command.?


?Preview week is also about polish. Actors Burstein and Champlin --
who are responsible for 12 characters and the majority of the
musical's humor -- fine-tune their delivery by watching how the
audience responds.?
(Google Cache of the page)
?In a March 2003 letter to the field, Ben Cameron of Theatre
Communications Group (an association of 446 not-for-profit theatres in
47 states) reported on the stormy debate over the New York Times'
decision to send critics to preview performances at New Jersey
theatres. Theatre professionals fervently opposed the decision, since
preview performances (especially new works) often see significant
changes to and refinement of productions, and most shows do not reach
their finished form until opening night. After energetic dialogue with
the theatre industry, the Times has ceased reviewing preview

I hope this helps.


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