Broadway Vs. Hollywood: The Limelight of True Acting

Love for The Arts

Growing up, have we not ever wondered what life would be like if we lived out our dreams? Dreams of one day becoming that special somebody, living life without a care or hassle in the world. I am talking about the dream life, being famous and whatnot. For many of us, we may have had that dream at some point in our lives but never felt we would make it. As for acting, theatrics has to be one of the most desirable; if not, glamorized as one of the most dream-worthy careers anyone would love to have. For many people, viewers or professionals alike prefer only two styles of acting: theatre and film. As a performance art, acting is a firm commitment to many performers despite which avenue (Theater or film) is taken. However, there has been much debate as to which style of acting, theatre or film, embodies genuine acting.

Theater/Broadway

As one of the longest-running forms of entertainment, the Theater was the 16th Chapel of performing arts. Originating as far back from ancient Greece (500 B.C.E), the Theater has reigned supreme in the performing arts realm, spanning centuries. Theater took over and slowly but inevitably, became remained the norm of the entertainment industry for the time being. So what makes Theater so favorable for actors and critics (including theater-goers)? Much of Broadway theater differs from showbiz in that there is much more complexity to it. Where film as cuts, theater does not. The Theater is a live-action performance where the stakes are much higher, and a mistake could lead to a poor review. Training for plays, however, takes place before the lights mask the stage; therefore, there is no need for a cut. Although I am a film buff myself, there is an aspect of Theater that I gravitate towards. It is an unpredictability, Theater.  Theater presents an imaginative-like essence to the environment. I, as an audience member, am bringing to life scenery, tone, and everything in -between; as a result, my imagination brings to life the props being used. The Theater is an intimate moment between audience and plays alike. Everything feels so very real; actors move from one part of the stage to another (sometimes off of the stage too); lights rush along with, and it is all beautiful.

Film/Hollywood

Lights! Camera! Action! Three words we are all too used to as performers of the visual arts. The film is the distant relative of the Theater (and most famous of the two so it seems). For many consumers, the film is the ideal choice of performance art we like to see. Film and Theater differ not only by the type of performance art but also in the distance. If you find yourself in the western regions of the states, you are likely to find a love for film. There is just as much consistency making a motion picture as Theater does to prep for a show.  The film, although, more subtle than Theater, has it’s complexities as well. Where Theater allows one to interpret the story differently, the film is constructing ways the narrative can be told in many ways.  The direction of the camera brings the audience in and makes them connect with the character. FIlm scores give off an essence that implies meaning or emotion. Actors find ways to improve sciences that end up feeling so very real and at the moment. Many of these elements coexist together to make something, such as film work. In one word, the film is like chess. Pieces move accordingly, and somehow, everything flows.