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The Hottest Season Ticket in Town is For a Restaurant

Next is a restaurant in Chicago that serves several different meals in the course of a year, each one running for three or four months at a time. It’s molecular gastronomy, which means that it takes an extreme amount of preparation and skill, so the menu is the same for everyone and changes infrequently.Over the course of the year, these different menus are what the restaurant calls a “season,” and if you want to go to each of the...

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Marketing

What Happens in Las Vegas Will Be Happening in Madison Square Garden

Las Vegas has long been a place where popular acts (musicians, magicians and others) who are still popular, but probably beyond the peak of their popularity, can do very well.It's done by creating a monument to their achievements and success and marketing a location as the place that you can go to find them anytime. Celine Dion may not be recording many new hits, but she's got enough fans and enough of a catalog that when you put millions...

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News

Dollars Matter, But So Does Attendance

Broadway had a great Thanksgiving weekend, breaking the all-time revenue record as people poured in from out of town to celebrate the long weekend with a show.The record that wasn't broken, however, was the attendance record, which was actually 4% off the all-time record this year.It's a good moment to ask the question: Does that matter?Isn't it dollars, not tickets, that count?Yes, and no. Yes, because it's true that you take dollars to the bank, not ticket sales numbers.But...

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Bright Ideas

Source Material for Your Next Big Idea

My thoughts on how entrepreneurs can keep generating the ideas they need to make their businesses successful:How Tech Entrepreneurs Can Generate the Next Big Idea

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News

The Sound of Audience

Last Thursday night, 18.5 million people watched The Sound of Music performed live on television.Last season, 11.5 million people saw any show on Broadway.Quibble about the performances. Quibble about the production. Say (correctly) that the two experiences are not the same. Say (correctly) that you can’t monetize a TV viewing the same way you can monetize a theater visit.But here’s what it comes down to.When the only way to experience the product is in the building, you’re not losing...

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Marketing

If You Name It, It Will Grow

I’ve been using the term “live entertainment” for more than a decade now, and in the last few years others seem to have caught up with me. I drifted into that term because to me, there’s a strong connecting thread between theater, live music, sports, walking tours, Cirque du Soleil-type experiences and whatever else might happen when people are gathered in a physical space primarily for the enjoyment of it.This article asks the question if “alternative theatre” needs a...

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Experience

Sometimes a Little “Show” Makes a Concert Pop

Country superstar Trace Adkins has reached a stage in his career where he can do what he wants. As he puts it in this article, “I’m not too concerned about what the industry will let me do anymore. I’m not in that political competitive game right now, so I can pretty much do whatever I want to do.”Thus liberated from such limits, Adkins just released a Christmas album heavy with traditional songs, given a Celtic flavor.But that’s not the...

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News

7th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award

For the seventh year in a row, Goldstar is awarding the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award this December.Here’s a little history. A few years ago, we noticed that we had a LOT of different productions of The Nutcracker on Goldstar all over the country. This was also not too long after we launched our user review and rating system. Putting the two pieces together, we decided that it would be fun to give Goldstar members the chance to determine which...

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News

Pay-For-Streaming: A Slam Dunk For Growing Your Audience

The NBA is experiencing hiccups with the launch of its pay-for-streaming service, but in time they’ll be resolved.Pretty soon, all the major sports will be available for streaming, and people will be paying for the privilege. This will make it even more conspicuous that non-sports live entertainment is on the sidelines.Streaming earns you currency of two kinds: actual currency, as in money; and the currency of people’s attention. If you’ve only got their attention while the patron is attending...

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Experience

Is This an Age of Blockbusters in Live Entertainment?

This piece makes a very compelling case for the death of the “Long Tail” and the fact that we are in the age of the blockbuster.Not only do I believe it, but I’ve been saying for years that the Long Tail is mostly myth.If you’re producing live entertainment, you understand this. When The Book of Mormon comes into your market, it’s going to get disproportionate attention. When the Red Sox are in the playoffs, that will dominate people’s thoughts.But...

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