Venerable performing-arts companies have realized coming to us is often easier than us coming to them. The Met has been a pioneer in this field with its “The Met: Live in HD” series of opera broadcasts transmitted to movie theaters. It now reaches more than 300 theaters in the U.S. alone, and has broadcast to hundreds of countries since it launched in 2006. Other companies are now in the game, including the Royal Opera House, Britain’s National Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet and the L.A. Phil. The jury is out on how effective these are in driving audiences to the actual venues, or in stimulating interest in each particular art form; but according to the readers we hear from at ArtsPage HQ, the offerings are popular.
Some coming up:
Today (Oct. 23): Stephen Sondheim’s 1981 musical “Merrily We Roll Along,” filmed live in performance in London’s West End, offers a chance to see a Sondheim show that is not often performed, and one that many Sondheim buffs believe is underrated. See it 7 p.m. today at Thornton Place, AMC Southcenter 16, and more.
Oct. 24: The Royal Opera House’s production of Puccini’s “Turandot,” starring Lise Lindstrom, screens at 7 p.m. at the Guild 45th in Wallingford.
Oct. 26: The Met’s production of “The Nose,” based on the Gogol story, scored by Shostakovich, and starring Paolo Szot, screens at 9:55 a.m. at Pacific Place downtown, among other venues.
Oct. 28-Nov. 7: Best of National Theatre Live series, featuring “Othello” (with Rory Kinnear), “Macbeth” (Kenneth Branagh) and “Frankenstein” (Benedict Cumberbatch), screens at SIFF Cinema Uptown.