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#FreeTicketFriday

#FreeTicketFriday

It’s #FreeTicketFriday, and we’re ready to give away some fun!Jim talks frequenty about how broadcasting a live show is good because it means more people will come into contact with a live entertainment product. Post an answer to our question, and one lucky winner will score $50 in Goldstar cash. What musical or play do you think should be broadcast live? We’ll announce the winner on Monday at noon.* If you win, you could choose from 1,000s of events, like Reasons...

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Bright Ideas

“Here Lies Love” Shakes Up Its Start Times

Back in January, Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy made the point that everything is marketing, including start times. It's an important development because it recognizes the audience, and it puts their needs first. This summer, the musical Here Lies Love -- a collaboration between David Byrne and Fatboy Slim about the life of the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos -- added a 5:00pm show on Fridays and Saturdays ... and it's a hit. We wanted to know more...

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Promo of the Week

Promo of the Week: Misty Copeland Under Armour Ad (Video)

Misty Copeland's Under Armour ad turns heads for a number of reasons. At the center, Copeland's body is beautifully sculpted, and her ballet skills are impressive. If you've never heard of her, at 24, she became the second black soloist in the history of the American Ballet Theatre.Darren Rovell's espnW article goes into detail about Copeland's hard-knock life, how she met her publicist (who has helped her score spots in ads for Dr. Pepper and BlackBerry and as a...

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Pricing

This Week’s Top 10 Broadway Shows, as Sorted By Revenue Per Seat

Here are the top 10 Broadway shows last week, ranked by Revenue Per Seat, and with grosses to the right. We’ve added the ranking of each show if it were done by average tickets sold rather than revenue per seat. You can see that there are some meaningful differences between what looks good through each of these two lenses:* ATP = Average Ticket PriceRevenue Per Seat reflects the efficiency of a show’s marketing and the strength of its appeal,...

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FreePlayFriday

#FreePlayFriday

It’s #FreePlayFriday, and we’re ready to play!Recently, Jim shared an idea about how to allow “true fans” to buy tickets first. Post your answer to our question in the comments section, and one lucky winner will score $50 in Goldstar cash. What would you name a machine that allows true fans to buy tickets first? We'll announce the winner on Monday at noon.

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News

What’s Going to Drive Our Economy in 50 Years?

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky is leaving office at the end of year. He served five terms as the supervisor of the 3rd District, which includes the Westside, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. Mark Swed's Los Angeles Times article applauds Yaroslavsky's efforts as a champion of arts."For Yaroslavsky, art is not something to be fussed over but simply a vital part of everyday life, be it civic or domestic," the article states.It goes on to...

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Pricing

This Week’s Top 10 Broadway Shows, as Sorted By Revenue Per Seat

Here are the top 10 Broadway shows last week, ranked by Revenue Per Seat, and with grosses to the right. We’ve added the ranking of each show if it were done by average tickets sold rather than revenue per seat. You can see that there are some meaningful differences between what looks good through each of these two lenses:* ATP = Average Ticket PriceRevenue Per Seat reflects the efficiency of a show’s marketing and the strength of its appeal,...

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Fans

Comic-Con Fans Willing to Spend, But Not on What You Think

This New York Times article, Large Crowds Spend Little at Comic-Con, underscores an interesting fact about fans and how they choose to spend their money. San Diego's Comic-Con International draws thousands (130,000) of attendees who will pay for lodging, gas and admission -- but not on the products being sold -- because they love the live experience.According to the article, "In a recent report from the San Diego Convention Center, where Comic-Con is held, the fantasy fans ranked first in...

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Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

From time to time, we stumble across event art that’s so good, we feel compelled to share. And if you don’t know why event art is important, read this. Show image from Superbowl of Motorskaat House of Blues - Anaheim.  

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Innovation

A Cultural Force That’s Bigger Than You Think, Revisited

Back in January on Selling Out, Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy stated, "The evolution and maturity of EDM (electronic dance music) as a cultural force is going to have a big impact on the world of the near future."Now, Alexis Petridis covers Las Vegas' gamble with dance music in The Guardian.Here are a few interesting excerpts from his article: "If you were looking for evidence of how EDM has taken over America, and Las Vegas in particular, you wouldn't necessarily need...

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