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Best Musicals By the Numbers (Infographic)

Ken Davenport shared a fascinating inforgraphic on his site highlighting all sorts of interesting aspects of the Best Musical-winning productions. Check out a snippet of the infographic below, and head over to The Producer's Perspective for the full run-down.

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Bright Ideas

What Broadway Can Learn From the World Cup

On his blog, The Producer's Perspective, Ken Davenport shares three things Broadway can learn from the World Cup. • Related: • What the NFL Can Learn From Broadway, or I’m an Indian Too • Broadway Should Encourage Risk Tolerance of Innovative Shows • The Single Best Guarantee of Ongoing Sales Success

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ICYMI

In Case You Missed It

We've gathered a few interesting articles that caught our eye this week that are worth a read. And now, in case you missed them ... Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy discussed how important live entertainment is -- but cautioned against getting too cocky. Ready why here. Ken Davenport shared three things he thinks are wrong with Broadway marketing over on his blog, The Producer's Perspective. Even if you're not producing on Broadway, there are still lessons to take away from it. The...

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News

Bobby Lopez Sings Smash Hit “Let It Go” From “Frozen” at TEDxBroadway

Yesterday was an inspiring day at TEDxBroadway. Just one of the highlights was Bobby Lopez singing "Let It Go," which he wrote for the hit Disney film Frozen. The Tony, Emmy, Grammy and possible Oscar-winning (we'll know March 2) songwriter also treated everyone to some oldies but goodies. As Ken Davenport, one of the creators of TEDxBroadway, tweeted, "Bobby Lopez is singing songs he wrote as a teenager. And they are better than half of the stuff I've heard...

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Bright Ideas

Crowdfunding for Shows Is Here to Stay. Just Ask Mr. Toad.

Julian Fellowes, the writer of Downton Abbey among others, has successfully crowdfunded 1 million pounds to add to 6 or 7 million more pounds from traditional investors to develop a new musical based on The Wind in the Willows. Live entertainment productions are the ideal target for crowdfunding because the fixed costs of a show represent so much of its budget, and because crowdfunders can so easily be rewarded for their investments with tickets. It's an ideal situation, really. Of course,...

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P&L

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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News

More TEDxBroadway 2014 Speakers Announced

On behalf of Ken, Damian and the rest of the TEDxBroadway team, I’m delighted to announce another batch of speakers for TEDxBroadway 2014! Robert Lopez is a creative genius and has the Tonys to prove it. The composer of both Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon, Robert’s made his bones in this world big time. In our discussions of his presentation, Robert talked about a whole range of interesting things about being a creator of something that you expect...

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News

Broadway Shows Add Thursday Matinees to Meet Audience Needs

If you're going to have a matinee during the week, Thursday certainly seems like a better choice than Wednesday. I don't have any actual information to back this up, but I'm guessing that the Wednesday matinee tradition was established for a good reason. It just might be that no one remembers what that reason was. Or maybe they do. I should ask Ken Davenport. Thursday has really come up in the world. Formerly just another roadblock to the weekend, Thursday...

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P&L

Revenue Up, Attendance Down on Broadway

Broadway producer (and Selling Out friend) Ken Davenport analyzes the first 13 weeks of the Broadway 2013-14 season … and he’s not happy. Though revenue is up .3% (Don’t spend that all in one place!), attendance is down 8.7%, which is on a base of attendance, which dropped 6.2%. Ken says, “I’m not sounding the alarm bells just yet, but I definitely have my finger on my ‘I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up’ button.” OK, Ken’s alarm system sounds...

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