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We Are the Best Imitators in the World. And That’s a Good Thing.

It’s common for artists to want to be true originals with their work, but how often is that really the case? And do they really need to be? Jim has written on this topic of originality before. He wrote: “Half of Broadway’s content is from other sources, according to this article. And you know what? I don’t care! … Hey, Shakespeare cribbed Ovid, Plutarch and folk tales from all over Europe, and if it’s good enough for him, it’s good …

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Defining Originality: The How Rather Than the What

Half of Broadway’s content is from other sources, according to this article. And you know what? I don’t care! In fact, I think Jordan Roth of Jujamcyn Theaters nailed this topic forevermore in his TEDxBroadway 2012 talk, when he defined “originality” to mean more than just, “is there source material?” But on the invention inherent to the work. The “how” rather than just the “what,” as he put it. Hey, Shakespeare cribbed Ovid, Plutarch and folk tales from all over Europe, …

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