I'm moving this to Revival (theatre), the rationale being that this is not the article for a play. — MusicMaker 06:44, 27 June 2007 (UTC)
Revival - meaning is not clear
If a show that closed 10 years ago is given a new production, is that a revival?
If a show is a big success in its initial run, it is likely that there will be dozens of productions of it in the years that follow. What makes some of the productions "revivals" and others not?
Thanks, Wanderer57 (talk) 07:00, 23 November 2010 (UTC)
- I'm still wondering about this. Is every stage production of, say, The Odd Couple in the last 40 years a revival?
- Wanderer57 (talk) 02:40, 26 January 2012 (UTC)
- To answer the question (belatedly), what makes it a "revival" is that it's not just a new production, but specifically a professional, sit-down (as opposed to touring) production in the same market. So if a community theater in Helena, Montana, decides to put on a production of The Odd Couple, that's not a revival because it's not a professional production. However, when Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane played a limited run on Broadway a decade ago, that was a revival because the play had previously been produced on Broadway. It really is the sort of term that to be properly applied requires the type of continuous operations one really only finds on Broadway or the West End. Maybe Chicago and Toronto. In that regard it's a somewhat specialized term even within the already specialized world of theatre. oknazevad (talk) 10:00, 28 October 2016 (UTC)
Just a definition
This article is just a dictionary definition. It should be merged or redirected. See WP:NOT#DICT. -- Ssilvers (talk) 01:34, 26 January 2012 (UTC)
The clarity of the definition could improve. The wiktionary definition points toward 'renewed interest' so the energy comes from the context, rather than anything changed in the work itself. I thought it meant plays that had become public domain, but this is not always the case (eg. Amateur Theatre Handbook By Keith Arrowsmith). Other than the date, what made a revival of Oklahoma! different from a re-run of the original.188.8.131.52 (talk) 12:23, 1 February 2012 (UTC)
- IMO this ought not to be treated as "just a definition" and merged, at least not at this time. My reasoning is:
- The question I asked in Nov 2010 (see above) has still not been answered. (I have also tried to find an answer elsewhere without success.) If there was a straightforward definition of a revival of a play, I would not have had to ask the question. My suspicion is that "revival", referring to a specific play, does not have a clear definition and thus should not be treated by us as a "definition". Wanderer57 (talk) 18:25, 1 February 2012 (UTC)