I Heart Break Out in Song

I love this! Commercial. Gimmicky. A displacement of the fourth wall. Yes, all of the above! I love it. A group called Break Out In Song, stages live, seemingly spontaneous performances of musicals in the midst of the city – from Columbus Circle to Pier 17. I’m particularly fond of their performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”

These kinds of performances have been happening for some time in NYC and throughout the country, as the New York Times reported in a recent article. I wonder, however, if the recent economic downturn makes gorilla theatre more attractive, feasible, and an easier sell to advertisers (notice how prominently each locatio and its “unsuspecting” corporate sponsors are featured) and actors/dancers alike. Times are rough, for real.

Consumption politics aside, it’s what I always imagined is possible in NYC, spontaneous singing, dancing, and outrageous talent in every person you meet – who knows you could literally bump into a star.


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