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 …
• February of this year marked the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s film debut in Making a Living. In this A.V. Club post, read about the life and work of a man who reporter Ignatiy Vishnevetsky calls, “the closest thing the 20th century produced to a universal cultural touchstone.”
• This week, the Tony Awards Administration Committee announced its decision to eliminate the awards for sound design of a play and a musical. HowlRound hosted a Q&A with sound designer Fitz Patton about the process that lead to this sudden decision, what it means for sound designers and how we can get these awards back.
• Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy explains that live entertainment is an industry, and concerts, theater, sports, performing arts and all the rest are merely genres. It gets better: He believes live entertainment of one kind awakens people to the value and fun of all the other kinds.
• We’ve written about it before, there’s no tug of war between live and broadcast. UK news reporter Nicola Merrifield reiterates in this The Stage News piece that, “Cinema screenings of stage productions through National Theatre Live have not resulted in a fall in theatregoing, research has found.”
• Change prices when it makes sense, Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy advises in his post on Pricing Fundamentalism. Why? One reason is that people have come to accept and be able to cope with more complexity and uncertainty in pricing.
• This Wall Street Journal article is about David Byrne and his Imelda Marcos musical, Here Lies Love, but in the last paragraph he shares some great advice for pop artists.