If you thought work video meetings were difficult, try staging an entire musical live online. This is the ambitious aim of one musical production, which will soon become the first in Australia to livestream an entire season.
The off-Broadway musical Who’s Your Baghdaddy (Or How I Started The Iraq War) was due to play at Marrickville’s Flight Path Theatre in September, but producers were forced to innovate when coronavirus restrictions threw the show’s future into doubt.
Rather than cancel the satirical musical the producers decided to transform it to speak to our era of Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts. For each show, the eight-member cast will gather in a space, most likely to be a rented house, to perform the musical which will be livestreamed.
The musical is about intelligence officers, who were involved in starting the Iraq War, uniting for a support group meeting. To audience members watching online from home, the actors will look to be engaging in a counselling session over Zoom.