Selling Out

“Frozen” Songwriter Tapped for Disney Musical About Himself?

TEDxBroadway 2014 speaker Bobby Lopez writing the score for a Disney musical about a guy named Bob? I’m in.I’ll have to ask Bobby if this is going to be autobiographical.

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Go Really Big When Reinventing Yourself

Check out the story by Venues Today about the reopening of The Forum in Inglewood. When AEG built the Staples Center for the Lakers, Clippers and Kings, it took the (formerly) Fabulous Forum off the A-list of venues, but Madison Square Garden just placed a $100-million bet that it can bring it back.I’m going to ask my pilot to overfly Inglewood on my return to L.A. later this week, so I can see the largest vinyl record ever built...

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Pick a Venue, Make a Statement

Site-specific performances aren't common, but they happen. This is the first site-specific performance I've heard of where the site and the content have such a powerful connection.The show itself, The Death of Bessie Smith, is about a segregation-era hospital and the death of the famous blues singer of the title, but the hospital where it’s happening is on the verge of closure. The content of the play takes on social issues that in some ways resemble the issues raised by...

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The Secret of the Highest-Grossing Show of 2013

Ken Davenport points out on his blog, The Producer's Perspective, that the highest-grossing Broadway show of 2013 was not The Book of Mormon, or Kinky Boots or any of the sexy young things of recent fame, but Disney’s good old, 16-year-old The Lion King.How is it done? According to Ken, "All this proves the ol’ axiom, that the secret to a long running, super high grossing show is to make your show the star."

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Your Daily Reminder That Live Entertainment is Dead…

Yep. Dead as Dickens, at $375 a ticket to sit on a lawn and see a headliner whose last hit is from 2003. Coachella is a stone cold sellout.

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