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    .....what's your preference? The last two nights I have attended the musical 'Wizard of Oz' in Toronto and followed that with watching a performance by 'Rain', the Beatles tribute band( the best I've ever heard) the next night in Hamilton Ontario Canada. So if you had your druthers, would you rather watch a movie or listen to a recording, compared to live? Personally I prefer live entertainment, especially stage productions. Everyone feel the same way?


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    Many problems occur with live stage productions. The talent that might be working in New York will not be the same as the talent working in Las Vegas because there's more than one production of the "original" stage show. Same with the orchestra, they many times don't use one but just use recorded music during the production. I saw Miss Saigon in New York and that production was the best I saw because it was also playing at another venue a few years later and the talent was not the same and neither was the set design, music or other things that make up a great show. So it really depends upon many factors as to which is better.

    Movies , on the other hand, won't ever change with their casts so every time you watch any movie you'll always get the same "performance" from everyone who made the movie to begin with. I can always buy a movie but can't always see a live stage show due to location and costs. So to be fair movies are the better way to enjoy good entertainment for your money but live stage shows really are better for viewing if you have the time and money to view them, which not to many people do today.


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    There are pros and cons to each. It depends on what is performed and the nature of that performance along with what I'm in the mood to deal with for me to have a preference.
    I have seen some good bands play and thoroughly enjoyed the concerts. Such as Soulfly. But, if I am in the car, I will want a studio version, not a recording of the live version.
    Similarly, if at a concert, I want to hear it live, not hear a studio edited version.
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    Given the choice, I'd rather see a live performance, even if it is by amateur artists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370 View Post
    Given the choice, I'd rather see a live performance, even if it is by amateur artists.
    Well many places do not have any types of places where they can go out to watch any "live" performances. That's why I said what I did about the ability to afford seeing them in person and the ability to actually have a location to see them perform. Many towns and cities do not get "live" performances because they are to small and can't handle the problems of a stage set up to produce some of the productions that Broadway presents.
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    Cosmic....it's not wether one can afford to go or if a town is too small to have live theatre. It's about a preference. If one has never seen a live production or never listen to or viewed a recording then there's no point in answering. Not all live performances are conducted by large Production companies. Circuses, festivals and carnivals come to mind, even public bandstands. There's plenty of free entertainment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zinjanthropos View Post
    Cosmic....it's not wether one can afford to go or if a town is too small to have live theatre. It's about a preference. If one has never seen a live production or never listen to or viewed a recording then there's no point in answering. Not all live performances are conducted by large Production companies. Circuses, festivals and carnivals come to mind, even public bandstands. There's plenty of free entertainment.
    But you asked which was better to view and that's why I said what I did. While you are correct I didn't go that deeply into your question and only took the question at face value. Again my "preference" would be a movie or recording of a "live" performance because I would rather enjoy watching the performance over and over when I'd like to remember the movie or event that I wanted to see. Live performances are a one time experience and then its over, which the memories are good but fade away rather quickly. At my age when I pull up a old movie to watch it is like seeing it for the first time because there's many parts I do not remember when I re-watch it.
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    I'd rather see the live performance, I want something that I can throw my beer bottles at.
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    for classical music, even with flaws, I prefer live
    the music fills your senses as no sterio system ever could
    When in Chicago, i attended the symphony whenever I had the time and money

    locally, I occasionally attend university performances for free in the recital hall
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