Innovation

Dull Is Dangerous, Sharp Is Safe

Back in the days when I trained teenagers to cut bagels for living, we had an expression about knives: Dull is dangerous, sharp is safe. Basically, what that means is that a knife that isn't properly sharpened has a tendency to snag or to cut a person's hand in a way that's much worse than a sharp blade.I really enjoyed reading Isaac Butler's piece about the supposedly safe course pursued by some venues in programming familiar material in their...

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Bright Ideas

TEDxBroadway Young Professionals Program

As some of you know, I'm one of the organizers and the onstage host of TEDxBroadway.We're expecting another sold-out version of this event on February 24, 2014, and to make sure that we're getting not only today's important decision-makers but also the decision-makers of the future, we have created a program that allows young professionals who work in any of the industries related to or based in the Broadway ecosystem to attend for free. There isn't a hard and...

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Bright Ideas

Giving the People What They Want

Goldstar’s Scott Oklin passed this article along to me. He works with one of our partners in Denver, the Arvada Center, and thought it would be interesting for everyone in the Selling Out community to see.The Arvada Center gave its patrons a choice of which musicals they would want to see and allowed them to vote. In fact, two of the shows in the season, Camelot and Tarzan, came from patron picks. Interestingly, the Arvada Center did not leave...

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Bright Ideas

Playing Santa

Last week, I went to the Aspen Live conference in Aspen Colorado, which caused me to miss the Goldstar holiday party. I know, I know, you're crying your eyes out for me.Still, I hated missing chance to socialize with the Goldstar gang, so we decided to do something extra. With the help of a few wonderful members of the Goldstar team, we created what we called the Sugarplum Soirée. This was an event held in my office here in...

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News

Diane Paulus at TEDxBroadway 2014: From “The Donkey Show” to Tony-Winnin’ “Pippin”

Diane Paulus likes to take theatrical risks. Like with The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream she co-produced off-Broadway, which ran from 1999-2005, or her very first production, a rock 'n' roll version of The Tempest. And she’s done it again, this time scoring a Tony Award for Best Director for the current Broadway revival of Pippin, which features a woman in the part of Leading Player (a role originated by Ben Vereen) and the...

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