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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P&L

No Special Rules Apply to “High Culture”

This article about the closing of the New York City Opera's interesting because it explores several different themes about why the organization failed recently. It compares the death of the New York City Opera itself to the tragic life story of Anna Nicole Smith, who was the subject of the New York City Opera's final performance.It may be intellectually interesting to try to find the broader cause of a failure like this one, but until someone does and shares...

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Experience

The Great Thing About a Live Event Is It Includes You

I had fun reading this article, in which the author complains about her recent trip to an Elton John concert. The problem was that people were singing along to Elton's songs so much that she couldn't even hear Elton sing.I sympathize, kinda.But not really. Because the last thing in the world that we need to drive into other forms of performed live music is a policy that requires that we sit absolutely silent at all times. See how nicely...

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