So I’m watching PBS the other night and after the show is over Batman comes swooping down onto a stage. Batman on PBS? Is this the infamous lost Batman/Cookie Monster team-up I’ve heard rumors of for many years?
No, it’s a promo for “Batman Live!” airing Monday night at 7 p.m. Cool. Naturally I had heard of “Batman Live!” — it’s a multimedia theatrical extravaganza somebody threw together over in England. I would’ve gone across the pond to see it, but if I made it back to England I have a feeling I’d wind up in Stratford-upon-Avon watching something that has nothing to do with Batman.
Good ol’ PBS. Always airing the finest in quality cultural programming. I got a drink and some snacks and sat down at 7 p.m. on Monday to enjoy the television debut of “Batman Live!” At least, that’s what I thought I was doing.
It turned out not to be the theatrical production of “Batman Live!” but rather a 20-minute infomercial promoting “Batman Live!” with interviews with the show’s creators and testimonials from people who’d seen the show along with brief snippets of the actual performance.
What is this crap, Channel 9? Why are you airing a blatant 20-minute commercial for “Batman Live!?”
The answer came once the show ended. It turns out it’s pledge month for Channel 9. Ah, pledge month. The bane of public television. Yes, the reason Channel 9 was airing a 20-minute promo for “Batman Live!” was to sell tickets to an upcoming performance of “Batman Live!” at the Chaifetz Arena. For a mere $120 donation you can receive one (1) ticket to see “Batman Live” on December 9 in St. Louis.
Really, Channel 9? $120 for ONE ticket? Who do you think I am, Bruce Wayne?
Granted, most adult nerds wanting to see “Batman Live!” won’t have a date, but still…judging from the 20-minute commercial you just aired, the show looks like it’s geared mainly to families and children. $120 a ticket really isn’t going to cut it.
So now I have to find a way to get into the Chaifetz Arena on December 9 and I don’t have any connections there…yet. (Are you out there, media specialist for the Chaifetz Arena? Call me.) Because no matter how cheesy this looks and how campy it appears and how silly it will probably be, I know in my heart of hearts that I just have to see it.
But not at $120 a pop. That’s a lot of batarangs.