Theater Superstitions | Break a Leg, The Curse of Macbeth, Whistling Backstage (TSB040)
Published March 6, 2017
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    Ever wonder why actors say “Break a leg” instead of “Good luck?” Or why Macbeth is supposedly cursed? Or why you shouldn’t whistle backstage?

    For the month of March, I’ll be looking at the stories behind common superstitions and symbols of luck.

    I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Theater Superstitions.

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    Sources:

    http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/11/origin-of-the-phrase-break-a-leg/

    http://www.theatrecrafts.com/pages/home/glossary-of-technical-theatre-terms/more-about-break-a-leg/

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/film/macbeth/scottish_play_curse/

    http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/why-do-actors-avoid-the-word-macbeth

    https://www.santacruzshakespeare.org/the-macbeth-curse-myth-or-reality/

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1988/01/28/macbeth-curse-of-the-stage/b80659e4-369d-4ef4-b772-edee79d75d5a/?utm_term=.f12b6f731d40

    https://www.backstage.com/news/9-serious-theatrical-superstitions/

    http://www.playbill.com/article/8-rules-every-theatre-person-must-follow-do-you-know-all-of-them-com-373336

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