play to the crowd

play to the crowd

To act, behave, or perform in such a way as to receive as much approval from an audience or group of spectators as one can get, especially the lowest common denominator therein. The band still puts on a great performance, even after all these years. I do wish, though, that they played more of their new material and didn't just play to the crowd with their greatest hits the whole night. Rather than acting in a way that best suits the role and the play as a whole, he prefers to play to the crowd and soak up the spotlight when he can. She's a great basketball player, but she spends more time playing to the crowd than playing to win the game.
See also: crowd, play
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At a home Games, there will be a lot of pressure on us to perform to our best, but the home support should boost us and if we can play to the crowd then we can be successful.
Punchier tracks such as Idea Track, Rusty and The Bronze Medal not only showed no signs of ageing but more importantly gave guitarists Rod Jones and Allan Stewart the chance to cut loose, to mount monitors and play to the crowd.
He would play to the crowd and in particular young couples.
So telling him to stop when people are around makes him dig his heels in and play to the crowd even more.
Domingo loves to play to the crowd - the bigger, the better he said - so the ``notice-me'' shoes bring him welcomed attention.
Gimelstob - who had missed the end of last season and the opening few months of 2007 after recovering from major back surgery - was happy to play to the crowd as he pushed his fellow American in the final two sets, one of which included an epic game of 10 deuces.
HOPE POWELL insists England's women have finally learned to play to the crowd after beating Denmark 2-0 in front of an impressive 8,101 spectators at a freezing Fratton Park.
And when the spectators get thick along the shore, riders seem to play to the crowd, finishing their rides with elaborate spins, jumps and wipeouts.
Has he forgotten that Obama doesn't have to play to the crowds to get re-elected?
Ten Rock and Indie bands will play to the crowds from 1pm - 8pm tomorrow, followed by an after show party at Cellar 51, Stockton, till 3am for over 18s only.