In Case You Missed It

Each week we gather up a few stories worth a read (or second read). And now, in case you missed them …

Are you caught up in World Cup madness? We published one article about the World Cup setting new internet-video streaming records, but the following article also caught our eye. When Japan lost its first World Cup match with the Ivory Coast by 2-1, they actually cleaned up the stadium!

• July 31 marks Avenue Q‘s 11th anniversary, including both off-Broadway and Broadway runs. Michael Gioia caught up with married puppets Rod and Ricky for a Q&A, “If You Were Gay!,” at

• Our promo of the week honor went to SERINO/COYNE for the epic new Phantom wall mosaic at the Majestic Theatre, featuring photos from all 26 years The Phantom of the Opera has been on Broadway.

• ArtsBoston is trying to change the world of arts marketing, starting right in its own city. The Boston Globe‘s Jay Fitzgerald reports that the nonprofit convinced 60 of its 150 area members to pool their data to get a more comprehensive, crossover look at the region’s arts scene and patrons. The expected result: an increase in ticket sales and fundraising.

• Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy writes about what he considers the most important topic when it comes to being successful in the live entertainment industry: Gravitational Pull. It’s not science, he says, and anyone can be wrong, but if you’re an astute observer of the live entertainment industry, you can develop your instincts and learn to trust them.

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