News

Let’s Hope New Material Stands Up to Old When Monty Python Reunites

Hide Your Dead Parrots! Comedy Troupe Monty Python Set to Reunite After 30 Years for New Stage Show.Like the Police Reunion years back, this is going to be enormously successful. As Stewart Copeland told me a few years ago, keeping the brand "pristine" by not touring is going to mean the demand to see the Monty Python gang onstage will be epic. Write it down, and buy your tickets early if you can.One interesting side note is that they...

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Innovation

Breaking the Frame: Nothing is Too Bold to Be Unacceptable Now

For some reason, this phrase keeps popping into my head lately: Breaking the frame.What I mean by this is that something -- possibly a building or a show or an approach to marketing -- escapes the container in which it's normally held. For example, when Hotmail first launched (in 1995, I think it was), it was a frame-breaker. It was email, but on the web. It doesn’t sound all that impressive, but at the time, it was. It spread...

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News

Santa Anita Park Gets Major Upgrades to Attract New & Old Fans

There is no sport that's fallen as far as fast as horse racing. In 1960, America's three most popular sports, arguably, were baseball, boxing and horse racing. Baseball is still popular, if not No. 1 anymore; boxing has been eclipsed by MMA and is no longer dining table conversation.But horse racing has dropped out of view altogether. There's still a tiny bit of hoopla about the Kentucky Derby, but it wouldn't be hard to miss it completely, even if...

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Experience

Bourne With a Natural Talent for Being Audience-Oriented

I use the word "audience-oriented" a lot when I talk about content. For those who can't distinguish between being audience-oriented and "pandering," I refer you to Matthew Bourne. In his new interpretation of Sleeping Beauty:"I'm thinking of the audience when I'm making work, always. I'm not just pleasing myself." Like Jackie Chan, Bourne's mindset includes his creativity AND the notion of an audience who will ultimately be the recipient of it. Self-referential, self-indulgent, closed-room "creativity" might work, but if...

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Innovation

Broadway Should Encourage Risk Tolerance of Innovative Shows

If you missed it, last week the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark announced that the show is closing on Broadway and moving to Las Vegas.I've heard talk from all the way back when the show opened that a Las Vegas production was in the cards, but the goal presumably was to run two versions of the show, not to move it. I think the Vegas show makes a lot of sense and will be extremely popular. Vegas...

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