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Diane Paulus: Theater Should Be More Like a Rock Concert

We posted about Diane Paulus (The Donkey Show, Pippin, Sleep No More) when she appeared at TEDxBroadway this year. In this profile of Paulus by Alexandra Wolfe in The Wall Street Journal, Paulus talks about the future of theater and explains why she thinks it’s heading toward even more boundary-blurring experiences. Paulus also knows a thing or two about audience engagement — at The Donkey Show at A.R.T. audience members could come back with a friend for free — and …

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Diane Paulus Brings Important Message to TEDxBroadway

Diane Paulus (winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical for the Broadway revival of “Pippin”) is on fire recently! She brought an important and well-received message to TEDxBroadway that the theater experience is much more than stuff on a stage. Extending the experience in time and place makes the whole thing richer, better and lots more fun.

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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 choreography …

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Dollars Matter, But So Does Attendance

Broadway had a great Thanksgiving weekend, breaking the all-time revenue record as people poured in from out of town to celebrate the long weekend with a show. The record that wasn’t broken, however, was the attendance record, which was actually 4% off the all-time record this year. It’s a good moment to ask the question: Does that matter? Isn’t it dollars, not tickets, that count? Yes, and no. Yes, because it’s true that you take dollars to the bank, not …

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