You are right about it’s decline on TV but still millions watch it and buy the music. A theatre production doesn’t need that many people to make it a success compared to a telly ratings war. Plus as viewers are turning away from the concept maybe the time is right to lampoon it?
I think you mean the Ballad of Farquaad which was set in a gym in the WE version with Farquaad and Thelonius knight.
yes, with perhaps the best bit of theatre in a while when they sing "I feel pretty, I so pretty... I feel pretty and witty and g...", and then the guards come in (and Farquaad and the knight are about to kiss).
The evening that I saw it, I found the staging of that bit hilarious... it seems no one else in the circle had seen west side story and no one else even remotely found it funny. I must have looked like a crazy person
As much as I think it is good to give the public a chance to "mingle" amongst the nominees I still don't understand how it wasn't possible to reserve enough seats for the nominees in the stalls.
If I had planned this event I would simply have reserved a seat plus one for each nominee. Even if tickets go on sale before the shortlists are announced it is clear how many nominees there will be in each category so there must be a rough idea how many seats will be needed should every nominee (plus one guest) attend.
In order to make sure those seats can still be sold on in case nominees can't make the event there should simply be a RSVP deadline for the nominees. Just tell everyone in order to secure a seat in the stalls they have to RSVP by a certain date, otherwise they might face being seated elsewhere.
But don't let nominees turn up on the night just to find out they are sitting in the upper circle!