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Freebie Idea for a Hit Show

In the vein of the return of burlesque, single-ring circuses, intense haunted houses and roller derby, I’ve got a concept that the right show producer could turn into a hit.Sure, it’s nostalgic (although none of us actually remembers it), and perhaps somewhat ironic, but in keeping with shows like Teatro Zinzanni or even Shane Scheel’s For the Record shows in L.A. or Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, I can envision it being improved as a form,...

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Hubbard Street Dance Takes It to the Streets to Grow

I love this article. This is a dance company whose sense of mission makes them realize that they must reach more people, which means they must, ultimately, be audience-oriented.Jason Palmquist, the organization's Executive Director, reflects on a tagline from the late '90s for the organization (before his time there). The tagline said: "3 weeks only. You'll need the other 49 to catch your breath." Jason rejects that thinking, saying, "You'll have the other 49 weeks to forget about us...

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Make People Want to Talk About What You’re Doing

I agree with Lyn Gardner that Theatre Criticism is not in crisis.A headlong, destination-uncertain transition perhaps, but not crisis.How does this relate to selling out a venue? It’s great to have people commenting on what you do in as large a forum as possible. One major structural advantage for sports event marketers, for example, is that there are entire TV networks (ESPN being the leading one) who must talk about their product 24 hours a day on multiple venues....

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Defining Originality: The How Rather Than the What

Half of Broadway's content is from other sources, according to this article. And you know what? I don't care! In fact, I think Jordan Roth of Jujamcyn Theaters nailed this topic forevermore in his TEDxBroadway 2012 talk, when he defined "originality" to mean more than just, "is there source material?" But on the invention inherent to the work. The "how" rather than just the "what," as he put it.Hey, Shakespeare cribbed Ovid, Plutarch and folk tales from all over Europe,...

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Why The Death of an Arts Org Is Like a Plane Crash

Howard Sherman compares the death of an arts organization to an airplane crash, and I think it’s a very strong metaphor. Here’s the key tidbit:“…a crash doesn’t occur because of any single event. Typically, they emanate from some failure which then triggers others.”Likewise, he says that, “arts organizations crash because of event cascades as well. It is rarely a single unforeseen occurrence which brings down companies; it is a series of actions, or lack thereof, that result in closure.”Of...

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