Why do some great Broadway shows fail, and mediocre ones thrive? How does the cast onstage manage to keep tabs on the audience without missing a beat or a line? Ken Bloom, author of Show and Tell: The New Book of Broadway Audiences, delves into the inner workings of the Broadway stage and the culture surrounding Broadway hits and flops. In the Youtube videos below, learn how the actors on stage interact with the audiences (sometimes without them even realizing it) and even toy with them, and why some less-than-great plays or musicals still manage to become beloved hits.
Ken Bloom on Broadway audiences
Ken Bloom on Broadway flops
Featured image: part of the cover of Show and Tell: The New Book of Broadway Anecdotes.