What happens when the golden age of MTV meets your middle school theater camp dreams? Find out in these nine theater-related reality television shows we totally would have watched had they existed in 2003.
Dressing Room Raiders
If you've ever wondered what really happens backstage, here's your chance: Dressing Room Raiders takes you into three dressing rooms (while their tenants are performing onstage), and the raider gets to sift through tchotchkes, unanswered fan mail, and a lot of stage makeup. The episode culminates with a blacklight test that tells you everything you need to know about your favorite stars.
My Super Sweet Opening Night
Follow along as the leading lady gets ready for her Opening Night! Featuring a dramatic dress shopping montage, mascara tears, and a lot of heartfelt curtain call speeches. Don't miss the moment the star frantically checks show reviews on her phone during the afterparty!
Date My Agent
Because the real way to a man’s heart is through...his agent? Agents know our strengths, weaknesses, and all of our dirty secrets. One lucky contestant gets to spend time with three agents, learning everything about their clients and looking for a little showmance along the way!
Pimp My Tour Bus
Touring productions are about to get some serious bling. Pimp My Tour Bus takes the standard coach and decks it out with a lot of superfluous stuff, like fish tanks and shag carpets! It’s all very 2004, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.
Extreme Makeover: Dressing Room Edition
Watch as a drab and cramped dressing room is turned into a veritable palace! Starring drapes, mirrors, things you'd find in the clearance aisle of HomeGoods, and a lot of inspirational tears.
Stage Manager Swap
Two stage managers with very different sticky note visions (and propensities for yelling) must take over each other's projects. Spoiler alert: things will get messy.
Man vs. Backstage
What happens when an innocent tourist is thrown into the wild world that exists behind the curtain? Will they escape the labyrinth of hallways, ward off frenzied crew members, and endure the pre-show rituals to make it out alive?
So You Think You Can Usher
Think you have what it takes to be an usher in one of the biggest and busiest theaters out there? Contestants will be tested on their ability to glare menacingly at anyone who has the nerve to use their cell phone during the performance.
The Real House Seats of Hamilton
Follow along with the lifestyles of those rich, famous, fabulous, or well-connected enough to have Lin-Manuel Miranda on speed dial. Go inside their penthouse apartments and trail them as they schmooze with the cast after the performance. It's almost as good as actually snagging a ticket to Hamilton! So that's it, nine theater-inspired television shows we'd really like to binge watch. Have any theater-inspired television show fantasies? Share them with us on Facebook or Twitter!