Defining Originality: The How Rather Than the What

John August's book "Big Fish" was turned into a film and now a musical on Broadway. Photo by Paul Kolnik

John August’s book “Big Fish” was turned into a film and now a musical on Broadway. Photo Credit: Paul Kolnik

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, and if it’s good enough for him, it’s good enough for Broadway. “Original” in Jordan’s definition of it sells, regardless of the source material.

 

 

Read the entire TheaterMania article, Steal This Work: Getting to the Bottom of Broadway’s Kleptomaniacal Trend.

Watch Jordan Roth’s TEDxBroadway 2012 talk:

 

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