Have you seen commercials for Fathom Events at the movie theater before the previews start? I think they are a pretty good idea for affordable entertainment that’s a substitute for seeing the real show live and in person, but I haven’t been to one yet. I only thought about going to two of them, which I saw advertisements for before Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. They were operas: The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville. But then a day or two later I realized: I don’t particularly like the opera itself, though there are very good parts of many of them; what I like about going to the opera is the whole event, the experience of going out to the concert hall and dressing up and seeing everyone else dressed up and seeing the orchestra pit down in front of the audience and the singers right there on stage, singing with no electrical amplification whatsoever. I wouldn’t get any of that going to a movie theater, so it would have to be pretty cheap and I’d have to really be in the mood for it in order to enjoy it, so I’m almost certainly going to pass.
Another Fathom Event that I saw advertised several times was Glenn Beck’s comedy show. Now, first, I have a hard time imagining this being very funny. Second, what kind of political-news commentator thinks his career will be helped by doing stand-up comedy? I imagine it’s mostly news/politics comedy, but I still don’t think his image or his credentials as a news/politics TV and radio show host can be improved by doing a comedy show.
On a related note, here are the most famous parts of The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville. You’ll probably recognize the evil queen’s aria from the former, and will recognize the overture to The Barber of Seville at exactly 2:10.