The theatre. Each year, millions of people attend to escape reality. But for a select few, the theatre IS their reality, with some of them seeing the same show hundreds of times. They are Repeat Attenders. 5 years in the making, Repeat Attenders is a groundbreaking feature documentary, that delves into the psychology behind the extreme superfans of broadway musicals. They reveal their lives. They reveal their obsessions. Now it’s their time to be in the spotlight.
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