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What 60 Years of Success Looks Like

Stop for a moment and think about this: The first Newport Jazz Festival was held during the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower. When a concept has staying power like that, there must be something strong about it. In fact, this year's festival is going on the road in a celebration of its 60th year.I'm going to have a lot more to say about how to build successful, long-term live entertainment businesses here on Selling Out in the near future, but...

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Happy Holidays: A Few of Our Favorite Posts

Our countdown to Christmas has begun! We’d like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. This will be our last post until Monday, but we’d like to highlight a few of our favorite Selling Out posts since our launch.We’d also like to say thanks for being a part of the Selling Out community.Enjoy!• Hubbard Street Dance Takes It to the Streets to Grow: We spotted this piece in the Washington Post about a dance company whose sense of...

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And the Goldstar National Nutcracker Award Winner Is …

I’m happy to announce that the winner of the 7th Annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award is The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, by Debbie Allen Productions, performed at Royce Hall at UCLA.This is the second time Debbie Allen’s troupe has won. Theirs is a “modern spin” on the traditional performance with lots of talented young performers. When the troupe won back in 2010, I got a behind-the-scenes tour of the school and studio, and that was a lot of fun. They...

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Will “Spider-Man” Be Better in an Arena?

This story says there's a good chance that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will go on an arena tour at some point in the future. We already know that the Broadway run is closing and that plans are in the works, and have been for some time, to develop a sit-down performance in Las Vegas. But news about an arena tour is new.I have two concerns about this, but I don't really know anything about what's planned for the...

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Diane Paulus at TEDxBroadway 2014: From “The Donkey Show” to Tony-Winnin’ “Pippin”

Diane Paulus likes to take theatrical risks. Like with The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream she co-produced off-Broadway, which ran from 1999-2005, or her very first production, a rock 'n' roll version of The Tempest. And she’s done it again, this time scoring a Tony Award for Best Director for the current Broadway revival of Pippin, which features a woman in the part of Leading Player (a role originated by Ben Vereen) and the...

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Who’s Winning the Nutty So Far?

As of today, the House Theatre of Chicago is in the lead for the seventh annual Goldstar National Nutcracker Award.But it’s super close, and anything can change. In fact, this is the big weekend for performances, so a LOT of reviews will come pouring in before we announce the winner a week from today.Keep up to date anytime by coming back to this page.

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New President, New Agenda for the Kennedy Center

Deborah Rutter will be the Kennedy Center's third president. This is really interesting because she's coming from a very successful run as the head of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; she has an MBA; and according to the article in the Washington Post, she's being hired as much for her management skills as her expertise in the arts.The Kennedy Center is an interesting organization to me because it's separated in so many ways from all of the pressures that most...

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Presenting: Lea DeLaria at TEDxBroadway 2014

One of the presenters we’re excited about catching up with at TEDxBroadway this year is comedian, actress and jazz musician Lea DeLaria. You might have seen her this year playing prison inmate Carrie “Big Boo” Black on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black or heard her version of "All That Jazz" on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance.The Guardian said she “talks like a coffee grinder, and sounds like a cross between Ella Fitzgerald and a Broadway diva.”...

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Imagine what Happens to Sales If Ticket Buyers Feel Unsafe

Demand for live entertainment ticket sales have stood the test of time, and that's a good thing. But if there's one thing that can change that demand level fast, it would be the perception that going to a show is unsafe.Live entertainment is already inconvenient and expensive compared to other forms of entertainment. Add "unsafe" and in the long term, that's too many strikes. People will go home for good.Fortunately, as a rule, shows are very safe, but the...

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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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