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Who Says Live Entertainment Isn’t Life or Death?

It’s a fun industry. Period. Those of us who work in it know that to be true and relish the perks. And, now a new study shows that going out to live events helps reduce death risk for customers. Inc. shares highlights from a new study of 6,710 adults aged 50 and over, published in the British Medical Journal: "It seems that those who participate in cultural activities live longer. Those who went to the opera, theater, art galleries or museums just once or...

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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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Is This an Age of Blockbusters in Live Entertainment?

This piece makes a very compelling case for the death of the “Long Tail” and the fact that we are in the age of the blockbuster. Not only do I believe it, but I’ve been saying for years that the Long Tail is mostly myth. If you’re producing live entertainment, you understand this. When The Book of Mormon comes into your market, it’s going to get disproportionate attention. When the Red Sox are in the playoffs, that will dominate people’s thoughts. But...

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News

Who’s to Blame? AEG Wanted MJ Healthy, Happy

The basics of this are that MJ’s family sued AEG for hiring the doctor who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael’s death because the family considered AEG negligent for hiring a doctor they should have known was trouble. AEG had said that Jackson chose Murray, but the jury disagreed: They decided that AEG had in fact hired the doctor, but that AEG wasn’t negligent in doing so. If you recall, the tour that would have been sold faster than...

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