Week of November 16-20, 2020
"The Show Must Go On" Week!
One of the reasons people love attending live theatre is that you never know what you might see at any given performance. When the curtain rises at the start of the show, the performers, musicians, and audience participate in an experience that can never be replicated ever again. Each performance is unique and sometimes it doesn’t quite go as planned!
“The Show Must Go On” was a saying that developed in the mid-19th Century. It is unclear exactly who uttered this phrase for the first time, but it was believed to originate from the American circus. With circuses traveling the countryside and touring from town to town, the performers faced many challenges. A performer could get hurt, an animal might get loose, a comedy sketch may fall flat, but at the end of the day the Ringmaster would calmly say to the audience, “The Show Must Go On!”
Some believe the saying originated in the theatre as the idea can be traced all the way back to William Shakespeare’s play Henry IV Part I where he wrote “Play out the play.”
This week we shine a spotlight on the “excitement of live theatre” and some of the ABT performances where we all took a deep breath and simply said “The Show Must Go On!”