live-shows

anonymous asked:

Hey there! I have a question about the live shows. My dad insists that they're counter-intuitive, because once we see the actors performing, it'll take the mystery out of what the characters look like, especially Cecil (I've told him many times how cool it is we have no real description for Cecil). I know this is wrong, but I don't know how to explain it. Can you help me at all?

I got this question some days ago, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot.

It does seem like some fans are very fond of the idea of keeping their head canons intact. I don’t really have a watertight argument to refute that, but here’s my thoughts. 

The live shows have no props or costumes. The actors stand on stage holding the script. I would argue that this makes it less like “this is Cecil Palmer” and more like “this is Cecil Baldwin, the actor, and he will now perform Cecil Palmer for you”.

In a play with costumes, wigs, and props, you would get a different sort of immersion experience. But since WTNV is audio only, there’s something different going on here. The immersion comes from familiar voices and familiar music; the show is fully there, what happens on stage just adds to it. You get to see Cecil’s hundred faces and gestures a minute. You get to be entertained by him in person. But it’s Cecil Baldwin doing that, not Cecil Palmer. 

When I listen to the podcast now, even after seeing one live show and countless photos from other shows, I don’t see Cecil sitting down with a script in his apartment. I see Cecil Palmer in a radio station. I must admit my CP looks like CB now, but that might just be from fangirling and looking at photos of him every day for.. three years soon?

Cecil’s faces and hand gestures are priceless, BUT if your dad really insists on not seeing the actors, tie a bandage on his eyes during the show? It might sound silly, but hearing the live show is still a completely different experience than listening to a podcast. You’re there in the same space, and you feel the audience’s energy and it’s super exciting. 

If blog readers have reactions/personal stories about this, please let me know!

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WTNV 2015 Tour Dates Announced
  • Tickets go on sale January 23rd!
  • MARCH 26. 8:00PM | GLENSIDE, PA | KESWICK THEATRE
  • MARCH 27. 8:00PM | WASHINGTON, DC | LINCOLN THEATRE
  • MARCH 30. 8:00PM | CHAPEL HILL, NC | MEMORIAL HALL AT UNC
  • MARCH 31. 8:00PM | CHARLESTON SC | MUSIC FARM
  • APRIL 1. 8:00PM | JACKSONVILLE, FL | PONTE VEDRA CONCERT HALL
  • APRIL 2. 8:00PM | FT LAUDERDALE, FL | AMATURO THEATRE
  • APRIL 3. 8:00PM | CLEARWATER, FL | CAPITOL THEATRE
  • APRIL 4. 8:00PM | ATLANTA, GA | SYMPHONY HALL AT WOODRUFF
  • APRIL 6. 8:00PM | NASHVILLE, TN | JAMES K POLK THEATRE
  • APRIL 7. 8:00PM | BIRMINGHAM, AL | WORKPLAY THEATRE
  • APRIL 8. 8:00PM | MEMPHIS, TN | MINGLEWOOD HALL
  • APRIL 9. 8:00PM | NEW ORLEANS, LA | CIVIC THEATRE
  • APRIL 10. 8:00PM | HOUSTON, TX | CULLEN PERFORMANCE HALL
  • APRIL 11. 8:00PM | SAN ANTONIO, TX | AZTEC THEATRE
  • APRIL 12. 7:00PM | DALLAS, TX | MAJESTIC THEATRE
  • APRIL 15. 8:00PM | TUCSON, AZ | RIALTO THEATRE
  • APRIL 16. 8:00PM | MESA, AZ | MESA ARTS CENTER
  • APRIL 17. 8:00PM | LAS VEGAS, NV | HORN THEATER AT COLLEGE OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
  • APRIL 18. 8:00PM | LOS ANGELES, CA | THE ORPHEUM
  • APRIL 20. 8:00PM | SAN PEDRO, CA | WARNER GRAND
  • APRIL 21. 8:00PM | OAKLAND, CA | FOX THEATER
  • APRIL 23. 8:00PM | PORTLAND, OR | REVOLUTION HALL
  • APRIL 25. 7:00PM | SEATTLE, WA | THE NEPTUNE
  • APRIL 25. 9:30PM | SEATTLE, WA | THE NEPTUNE
  • APRIL 27. 8:00PM | SPOKANE, WA | BING CROSBY THEATRE
  • APRIL 28. 8:00PM | MISSOULA, MT | WILMA THEATRE
  • APRIL 30. 8:00PM | FARGO, ND | FARGO THEATRE
  • MAY 1. 8:00PM | MINNEAPOLIS, MN | PANTAGES THEATRE
  • MAY 3. 7:00PM | IOWA CITY, IA | ENGLERT THEATRE
  • MAY 4. 8:00PM | LAWRENCE, KS | LIBERTY HALL
  • MAY 5. 8:00PM | ST LOUIS, MO | SHELDON CONCERT HALL
  • MAY 8. 8:00PM | CHICAGO, IL | COPERNICUS CENTER
  • MAY 9. 8:00PM | BLOOMINGTON, IN | BUSKIRK CHUMLEY THEATRE
  • MAY 10. 7:00PM | DETROIT, MI | THE FILLMORE
  • MAY 12. 8:00PM | LOUISVILLE, KY | BOMHARD THEATRE
  • MAY 13. 8:00PM | CINCINNATI, OH | TAFT THEATRE
  • MAY 14. 8:00PM | CLEVELAND, OH | HANNA THEATRE
  • MAY 15. 8:00PM | PITTSBURGH, PA | CARNEGIE OF HOMESTEAD
  • MAY 17. 8:00PM | BUFFALO, NY | ASBURY HALL
  • MAY 18. 8:00PM | ALBANY, NY | THE EGG - HART THEATRE
  • MAY 19. 8:00PM | NORTHAMPTON, MA | ACADEMY OF MUSIC
  • MAY 20. 8:00PM | BOSTON, MA | BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER