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Young Comedians on 2013 Top-Earning List Shows Sign of Healthy Industry

The names of the top-earning comedians of 2013 makes an interesting contrast to the touring lists for musicians. With the exception of Jerry Seinfeld and George Lopez, almost none of you knew who any of these guys were 10 years ago.To prove that, here's a link to a performance we had for sale on Goldstar at a GREAT comedy club in San Francisco. For $7.50, you could have gone to see Louis C.K.Two people did (and on the plus...

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New Musical Tells Story of Jesus Through Britney Spears Songs. Good Idea!?

It's the story of Jesus told entirely through the unchanged lyrics of Britney Spears songs.This will attract an audience, and here's why: I can explain it to you in the 15 words I used in the previous sentence, and it gives a lot of people something they can anchor their decision on. For some, it will be Britney Spears; for others, the story of Christ; and for a still large group, both.Familiar mixed with unfamiliar in potentially interesting ways...

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Theater for a New Audience Hopes to Thrive in Brooklyn

A Vagabond Troupe Gets Its First Home.Wow, 34 years without a home and finally settling in Brooklyn! Theater for a New Audience went from a church to a YMCA to a rental building, and finally to a purpose-built home near the Brooklyn Academy of Music and a whole bunch of cultural assets and locations.This should be a great move, and it shows that live entertainment thrives in thriving environments. It’s rare (and difficult) to get success as a live...

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Can Roseland Ballroom Remain a Live Entertainment Venue?

The property owner  is likely to sell the Roseland Ballroom, which has hosted live entertainment -- dancing, ice skating and a lot of other things -- since the early 20th century. In any case, it’s shutting down the current operation next spring.I am trying to parse this statement, as quoted in Pollstar: “The owners of 239 West 52nd Street have operated Roseland Ballroom for over three decades,” Roseland Development Partners said in a statement. “Managing Roseland has been a...

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Priority No. 1 Should Be Developing Audiences

Milwaukee Symphony in crisis -- again.Greg Sandow, call your office.I hate to be harsh, but the orchestral world must obsess about delighting and developing audiences as much as it obsesses about saving orchestras. Audience first.

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Should Ticketmaster Be Suing Scalpers?

This article details a lawsuit that Ticketmaster has filed against a secondary ticket broker who does business mostly in Massachusetts. The suit is complex, but it seems that the thrust of it is that Higs Tickets uses bots to buy tickets to events and then resells them.I don’t know the details of the case, and I don’t like to speculate about this kind of thing, but my overall observation in this area is this: Traditionally, the relationship between ticketers...

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Apple Announcement Today: Mobile Devices at a Crossroads

Apple is making a product launch announcement today, and, as always, there’s not much more than educated guesses about what they’re announcing.Still, unless Tim Cook jumps right out of character, what we’re probably looking at is: a new and improved iPad, a new and improved iPad mini, maybe a new operating system called Mavericks (for Macs of all kinds), and maybe some tweaks to the Macs themselves.Probably not a watch or a TV or a waffle iron. (Ooh, put...

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The Lion King to Hit $1 Billion, Disney Delivers For Audiences

'The Lion King' Poised to Become Broadway’s First Musical to Bank $1 Billion.I just want to post so we can talk in billions! That doesn’t happen a lot in live entertainment, so congratulations to Tom Schumacher and the rest of the Disney gang. Things like this don’t happen easily or automatically or because of the automatic imprimatur of the Disney brand. They happen because the organization involved is delivering for audiences in special way. Well done.

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Jim on Bloomberg Talking Live Events and Mobile

Earlier today, I spent some time chatting with Carol Massar from Bloomberg TV about the future of mobile and live entertainment.

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Globetrotters Sold for Big Money, Showing Value of Family Entertainment

Trust me when I tell you that good family entertainment is almost a sure bet. It’s scarce, and parents are dying for you to provide it to them. It’s hard to keep young children entertained if you’re unwilling to sit them in front of a TV or hand them an iPad. But when someone designs good (or if I’m honest, even just decent) live entertainment for families and does a reasonable job marketing it, it sells.That’s why it doesn’t...

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