Newswire: Cheers will be staged before a live theatrical audience

Afternoon everybody. It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and any original dramatic production that’s not Hamilton is wearing Milk-Bone underwear. But rather than talking about what’s going on in the world of theater, let’s talk about what’s going in to theaters this September: Cheers Live On Stage, a new script based on the first season of the long-running NBC sitcom. The show—set in the fictional Boston bar owned by fictional Red Sox pitcher Sam Malone—will make its debut in real-life Boston, where fans can forego the experience of downing a pint at the pub that inspired Cheers and instead take part in the play itself, which will cast a group of audience members to play background barflies every night.

With its mostly static setting, door-slamming punchlines, and minimalist plots, Cheers makes an obvious candidate for a screen-to-stage adaptation. (Sadly lost in translation: The …

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