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Ready to take charge of 2021?

2020 felt like a never-ending carjacking complete with offroading, plenty of bumps, and an unknown course change at every turn. Now it’s time to slide into the driver’s seat, grab the wheel and determine where you’re going next. Of course, it helps to have a like-minded community to help you navigate the best way forward -- a convoy, if you will. Which is why we’re excited about the free five-day "Take Charge of Your '21" TheaterMakers Challenge, starting January 18. For...

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What’s ahead for 2021?

Goldstar CEO, Jim McCarthy

As 2020 comes to a merciful end, 2021 promises more serious challenges, but also better days. That means it’s time to start thinking ahead so we can plan accordingly. So I got out my crystal ball to see what it would show me, and here’s what I see. Season by season, quarter by quarter, here’s what’s shaping up to happen, and here’s what we in the live entertainment industry need to be doing. Winter 2021. The Bottom. What’s going to happen: Winter 2021...

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A few takeaways from a stellar evening

Last night’s Jagged Little Pill live reunion concert on Stellar was the closest we’ve been to a Broadway show in 10 months. Like the rest of the global audience that tuned in, we were feeling all the feels. A quick tour of social media during and after the show reinforced the trends we’ve seen since Stellar first went into beta back in August. A livestream show sells your IRL show too. In the show's chat and on social media, viewers said they intended to see the show in...

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Expert Chat — Jagged Little Pill Producers: Onstage to Online

Join us and Jagged Little Pill producers, Eva Price and Arvind Ethan David, for an Expert Chat on Wednesday, December 9 at 3:00pm Eastern Time. The producers behind the staggering 15 Tony Award-nominated show will be talking with Jim about how they’re making the leap to online shows as they ready the cast and crew of Jagged Little Pill for an upcoming live reunion concert streaming on Stellar. These two powerhouse producers will discuss how they’re getting people back to work...

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Goldstar Subscribers’ Return Readiness Score for Early October

Return Readiness Score for Early October

Twice a month, Goldstar is surveying its audience of live entertainment enthusiasts to see how they feel about returning to in-person events. The results are interesting! The highlights from early October are below: When asked to “describe your willingness to go out to live events” on a scale of 0-100:  the average response score was 42. For New York respondents specifically, the average response score was also 42. If venues followed strict cleaning routines and social distancing policies, that number goes up to 50...

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Join Our Online Conversation Series This Wednesday

If there’s one thing we’re all doing right now, in addition to staying home, it’s asking ourselves a ton of questions that just aren’t answerable at this exact moment. When will this end? What will it be like when we can open?  One other question we’re asking … “What’s the best WE can be right now?” To help answer it, I’d love for you to join us this Wednesday, May 6 at 12:30pm Eastern/9:30am Pacific for an online conversation series....

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Live Chat Replay: What Will It Take to Reopen?

This week, Jim chatted with virologist Vincent Racaniello and Pasadena Playhouse’s Danny Feldman about reopening venues and putting on live events during and after the COVID-19 crisis. If you missed it, they covered things like:  The logistics and safety measures needed to reopen a theater The importance of testing and contact tracing How a COVID-19 treatment might help venues reopen Watch the Chat Replay: Also, this conversation is just the beginning. Please join us and your colleagues at our new Facebook group Show Up! Here...

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LIVE CHAT on 4/29 — What Will it Take to Reopen? Virology and the Venue

You’re invited to a 30-minute deep dive with virologist Vincent Racaniello, Pasadena Playhouse’s Danny Feldman and Goldstar CEO Jim McCarthy on Wednesday, April 29 at 3:00pm Eastern/12:00pm Pacific.  Vincent is a Professor of Microbiology & Immunology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and has done laboratory research on viruses since 1975, specifically influenza viruses. He also writes a Virology Blog and hosts several podcasts about virology. Danny joined Pasadena Playhouse in 2016. Overseeing both the artistic and business...

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Live Chat — Creating Successful Online Events With Jeremy Wein & Jay Nash

You’re invited to a 30-minute deep dive with the experts on creating successful online events. Jim McCarthy will be joined by theater producer and director Jeremy Wein and musician Jay Nash on Wednesday, April 22 at 4:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Pacific.  Jeremy is the cofounder of Play-PerView, which streams live theatrical and original content, and the founder of the New York City Podcast Festival. He’s also produced live performances including Kevin McDonald: ALIVE, Neva, and the 2011 Broadway revival of Godspell.  Jay is...

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Coronavirus Actions and Thoughts

I never thought I'd say this, but I don't want you to go out to live entertainment right now. The live entertainment industry is postponing and cancelling shows as a measure to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. It's a step that makes a lot of sense, and it's going to continue for a while. There are a few things I want to make sure you know during this time. If you have tickets to a show that is or becomes postponed or...

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