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Potter Stage Show Guaranteed to Open Strong, but After That…

As I’ve said before, highly bankable intellectual property starts with a built-in base of guaranteed sales. J.K. Rowling’s kid wizard-based books are about as bankable a piece of IP as there is, so when a show (sorta, kinda) based on the books, or at least the characters and settings in the books, appears in a couple years, it will open strong.After the guaranteed wave of initial sales burns off, it will either have spawned good word of mouth and...

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High Demand Is Where You Find It

You might have missed my little summary of the crazy box office Broadway had over the holidays. Unbelievable numbers across a range of shows. This article has a little bit more about it.One little interesting tidbit that wasn’t in the first piece, though, was that Wicked has the ability to flex based on demand. Here’s the quote:“In the case of 'Wicked,'” recent renovations to the Gershwin Theater, where the show is playing, opened up 119 seats in the rear...

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Chill on Playoff Blackouts

Bees found their way into the bonnets of a whole bunch of sportswriters over the last couple of days as the prospect of local blackouts on the broadcasts of three of the four NFL playoff games this weekend was narrowly avoided.First, let’s review the Blackout Rule (which I discussed recently here). It says that if the tickets to an NFL game are not sold out by 72 hours from kickoff, the broadcast will be blacked out in the local...

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Robert Lopez at TEDxBroadway 2014: He Writes the Songs

Songwriter Robert Lopez has a gift for amusing both kids and adults. Since the day he wrote his first song at age 7, he’s picked up three Tony Awards (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon), two Daytime Emmys (Nickelodeon’s Wonder Pets) and a Grammy. What may have started as an impressive talent for creating songs for puppets and cartoons launched Lopez into the spotlight as one of the collaborators of the mega-successful Broadway phenomenon, The Book of Mormon.Lopez found...

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Goodbye 2013: A Look at Some of the Year’s Newsworthy Trends

Before we say goodbye to 2013, we thought we’d review a few of this year’s interesting trends highlighted in the news.• Moving Sound to Anywhere but the Concert Hall: The Los Angeles Times spots the latest push to get music out of the concert hall and into museums and galleries, alternative spaces and train stations, and parks and Beverly Hills formal gardens.• Younger Audiences Have On-Demand Mentality: Regional artistic directors say they're being slammed by the on-demand mentality (cable...

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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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