Broadway in 3-D

How would you like to see a Broadway show in 3-D?  (I know, “Isn’t ALL live theatre essentially in 3-D?“)  SHUT UP AND READ! 🙂

A company called Fugobi is pitching the idea of filming Broadway productions to be shown on movie screens in a 3-D format.  Producers Dale Smith and Tim Hickson shared their ideas for a “21st century model for theatrical distribution”  with an audience of Broadway producers, tour presenters and industry professionals at the Broadway League’s annual Spring Road Conference.

The project, called “fugobi broadway 3d,” is a response to “an increasing demand for interactive, integrated and inclusive entertainment options.” Smith and Hickson’s “fugobi broadway 3d” will combine “the unique thrill of live performance with the captivating experience of 3D film, bringing the Broadway experience to digital cinemas across the United States and around the world.” It will give “Broadway fans a new way to enjoy and interact with their favorite shows and to expand Broadway’s reach by giving new audiences the chance to see the best that Broadway has to offer without having to travel further than their local cinemas.”  –Kenneth Jones, Playbill on-line.

 I think it is a FANTASTIC idea!  There is still nothing to equal the thrill of seeing a show live, but this sounds like it will come close.  It would be a wonderful opportunity for both new and seasoned Broadway fans to see some of the Award winning performances up close that they may have missed because they live hundreds or thousands of miles away from New York city.  

In these economic times, I may not be able to afford a trip to NYC and a $100 theatre ticket, but I CAN afford $15 and a trip to the movie theater! 

Read the full article by Kenneth Jones at Playbill.com .

G-FORCE!!

I was quite excited when I heard Jerry Bruckheimer was producing a 3-D movie called G-Force.   Being the old sci-fi geek that I am, I was sure it was going to be a reimagining of the classic 70’s-80’s cartoon Battle of the Planets!  MAN, did I love that show as a kid! 

The heroes of the show are called G-Force, five intergallactic teenagers named Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop and Tiny.  They dressed in bird costumes and drove a fiery spaceship called The Phoenix.  The ship could also split into five separate vehicles that each member could pilot independently like Voltron.  I cannot tell you how many times my friends and I played “G-Force” on the playground!   Our favorite park had these gliders shaped like lions and they were the perfect vehicles for 5 year olds to save the universe in! 

We have Transformers movies and a GI Joe movie, and soon we will have He-Man and Thundercats movies.  I thought for sure Hollywood had finally reached this Golden Mecca of my youth, and was ready to introduce it to a whole new generation of kids… IN 3-D!!!!  I could not wait to see whom they had in mind for Zoltar, the androgynous, lipstick-wearing villain!   I wanted to see the new rubberized versions of those cheesy bird costumes, now with extendable wings like in The Dark Knight!

I finally saw the trailer for G-Force, and apparently this version is about guinea pigs or something like that.  Words cannot express how disappointed I was.  Jerry Bruckheimer, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, if you are listening, the world is ready for the new BATTLE OF THE PLANETS!  Those of us that grew up with the show will come in droves, and we will drag our kids with us!   Think of all the merchandising you could sell!  Hmmm…maybe it’s time I start working on the screenplay…