Repeat Attenders puts Broadway's Biggest Fans in the Spotlight!
A new documentary about musical theatre mega fans premieres at DOC NYC on Wednesday, November 15.
Where would Broadway be without its dedicated fans, who not only champion their favorite shows on the Great White Way, but spend enormous amounts of time and money attending them regulalry. Now thanks to Australian filmmaker Mark Dooley, these die-hard aficionados are placed firmly under the spotlight themselves in an affectionate documentary by the name of Repeat Attenders. New York Theatre Guide would like to encourage all musical theatre super-fans in the New York City area this week to secure tickets for the premiere of the film at DOC NYC, which begins at this Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 9:45pm at Cinépolis Chelsea.
Repeat Attenders could be desribed as a love letter to Broadway superfans everywhere. The film delves into the psychology of some of the most extreme of these superfans, to reveal the quirks and complexities of their theatrical passions.
For some people, Broadway musicals are merely frivolous entertainment, a fun way to spend a few hours. For others, it’s an all-consuming obsession, a way of life and even the key to their very identity. These superfans are so committed to their favourite show that they return to see that show again and again, hundreds of times over.
Repeat Attenders shines a spotlight on the growing global phenomenon of ‘repeat attending’, as it examines just how far the most extreme superfans will go in pursuit of their passion – some with devastating consequences.
Filmed on Broadway, London’s West End, Germany and Australia over a five-year period, Repeat Attenders introduces us to some of the world’s biggest, most extreme superfans of shows such as Cats, Rent, Les Misérables and Starlight Express.
According to Mr. Dooley, the film would probably have a lot in common with the fans of the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen, being "made for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, different, or alone in the world. For anyone who has thought they are the black sheep of the family, unworthy of love or that they don't belong.”
He continues to say that “Repeat Attenders introduces the audience to a world where we can escape all of this. Inside a darkened theatre you are allowed to be who you are, without judgement. In a theatre you can cry, laugh, relate and heal together, despite being surrounded by strangers. This is so unique and just one of the qualities that make theatre so special and so cherished by the people who love it. All the things you might be judged for in the real world don't matter here. Here in the theatre, you are simply part of the human race, having a shared experience.”
If you connect with theatre in the same way, then join like-minded individuals this Wednesday evening at Cinépolis Chelsea. Your fellow "Repeat Attenders" will be waiting for you.
(Photo courtesy of Hello Dooley Productions)