hold the stage

[hold the stage] [v. phr.] 1. To continue to be produced and toattract audiences.

"Peter Pan" holds the stage year after year atits annual Christmas showing in London.

2. To be active in a group;attract attention.

We had only an hour to discuss the question andMr. Jones held the stage for most of it.

Jane likes to hold thestage at any party or meeting, so she does and says anything.