With "Legally Blonde" a hit when broadcast on MTV and other projects in talks, this could mean greater access for audiences to shows without having to visit Manhattan.
An added bonus: the preservation of original stage performances (would love to have the chance to watch the original "Guys and Dolls" or "A Streetcar Named Desire," even if they didn't have cinematic bells and whistles, wouldn't you?)
No, it's not the same as seeing them live. But readers of this blog know I'm a fan of shows reaching wider audiences. Sony Pictures, the folks behind the "Rent" screening are working on other similar projects including, according to EW.com, a Cirques du Soleil show.