Yesterday marked the last day of the annual Broadway League Spring Road Conference, the four-day-long conference for Producers and Presenters from all over the country that’s filled with keynotes, cocktail parties, and lots of Tony lobbying. (This is when a ton of the voters from outside the tri-state see the shows and make their decisions.)
There are always discussions about digital marketing, how to save the subscription model, how we educate the touring market about new Broadway shows and so on.
But by far, the most popular sessions every year are these fantastic Creative Conversations panels that feature interviews with teams from a show. There’s the Book of Mormon CC, the Sister Act CC, etc.
And when I say “teams,” I mean they pull out the first-stringers for these convos. Daniel Radcliffe, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, The South Park Boys, and so on were the headliners of the Creative Conversation for their specific shows. And they were flanked by the authors, directors, and other VIPs. As you can guess, these panels are super educational and supremely entertaining.
So much so that each one garnered a standing ovation. At a conference!
Some of the shows themselves didn’t get ovations like these panels!
Yes, because of the star power that is sitting just a few feet away, but also because this theater-loving audience likes hearing the stories behind the shows.
If you like cars, you’re going to want to know what’s under the hood of any car you see and how it works. If you like food, you’d probably love to tour the kitchen of your favorite restaurant and hear how the chef prepares your favorite dish.
And theater fans, whether they are in the industry or not, love to hear about how it all came together.
There was some talk about taping and pod-casting these Convos, and while I don’t think that will happen (nor should they – because the fun of these sessions is that they are “off-the-record”), but the interest in them did remind me that having video footage, podcasts, blogs and more from your creative team is an essential part of marketing to your core fan.
Because if you show them who and what is behind the curtain, they just may pay to sit in front of it again and again.
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