News & Noteworthy (Week of May 31)
A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em!
Broadway’s Best Attended Season in History: Ryan McPhee reported for Playbill that “the Great White Way took in $1.7 billion in the past year, making the 2017–2018 season the highest-grossing in Broadway history. … The season was also the best attended, reaching 13.79 million seats (compared to the 13.27 million last year and the 13.32 the season prior).” The season ended over this past Memorial Day Weekend, with a total of 33 productions — 10 musicals, 20 plays and three special engagements — yielding “a combined $1,697,458,795, surpassing last year’s record-breaking $1.4 billion.”
Bold Diversity Plans Unveiled: The concept of diversity is taking center stage in discussions all around the globe. According to Phil Winter for HullLive, the U.K.’s Hull Truck Theatre “has pledged to give a 50/50 gender split across all its future productions as it unveils bold equality plans. The theatre has also committed to giving 50 per cent of all auditions for shows to disabled and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnics) applicants.”
Live Nation Acquires ScoreMore: The promoter of hundreds of concerts and a number of festivals, Austin-based ScoreMore is now part of the Live Nation family. ScoreMore promotes JMBLYA in Dallas, Austin and Houston, San Antonio’s Mala Luna Music Festival, Neon Desert Music Festival in El Paso, and coming up in September, J. Cole’s music festival with Dreamville Records. Dave Brooks reports for Billboard that ScoreMore Shows was started in 2010 by two teenage friends booking club shows for the artists they loved.
- Desmond Patton Discusses Social Media’s Connection to Gang Violence
- TEDxBroadway Is Not a Theater Conference
- Ella Martin on Why Everyone Can Tackle Diversity