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What Reinvention Sounds Like

Slate's Mark Vanhoenacker has declared classical music "dead" in America. I'm not sure if there are other continents or republics where it's all the rage, but here in the U.S.A., it's not just in trouble. It's deceased, passed on, bereft of life.As John Cleese would say, it's an "ex-parrot."This, of course, is an exaggeration, but only technically. Both financially and in terms of cultural relevance, it's bad, and there are very few arrows pointing up.But here's my theory. Death...

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“Frozen” Songwriter’s On Fire at TedxBroadway 2014

TEDxBroadway 2014 speaker Bobby Lopez is on fire right now! And, ironically, it’s all because of Frozen.Not only is his song “Let It Go” sweeping the nation, but the show is now destined to appear on Broadway. He must feel like Pacino in The Godfather, Part III, where as soon as his work leaves Broadway, “they keep pulling him back in!” In this case, though, it’s a very good thing!I’ve been privy to his thoughts about his TEDxBroadway talk,...

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“Binge-Going Out”

Chanelle Bessette of Fortune wrote a nice piece about the work that Goldstar and other companies (including Eventbrite) are doing to get people going out more.I want the article to speak for itself and you should read it, but the one thing Chanelle said that I want to highlight is the comparison between “binge-watching” TV shows on Netflix and “binge-going out,” which we (and others, but mostly we) are trying to facilitate.Cool idea! I’m in support of it.

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“Frozen” Songwriter Tapped for Disney Musical About Himself?

TEDxBroadway 2014 speaker Bobby Lopez writing the score for a Disney musical about a guy named Bob? I’m in.I’ll have to ask Bobby if this is going to be autobiographical.

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Your Daily Reminder That Live Entertainment is Dead…

Yep. Dead as Dickens, at $375 a ticket to sit on a lawn and see a headliner whose last hit is from 2003. Coachella is a stone cold sellout.

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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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