Who won the tickets to How I Learned to Drive?

I was going to pick this one randomly, but when I read how Marty Strenczewilk was just as passionately bummed about missing How I Learned the first time around, how could I resist? Marty, you and I are finally gonna see this sucker! Email me and we'll set it up.   Here's to crossing things off the 'To See" bucket list! And if there's one thing I learned from this contest is . . . man oh man, have we all missed some great theater for one reason or another.  Let this contest serve as a reminder to us all (me …

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One Secret to Finding New Audiences, or What I Learned from Mohegan Sun.

Casinos have a lot on the ‘line’, which is why there is a lot to learn from everything they do. I stumbled upon a simple little trick that I’ve started using for my shows already, and it has been so successful, I had to share it with you. It’s simple . . . if you want to get a new audience to the theater, you may have to get that new audience to the theater. The Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut needs people to come to its casino constantly.  And they do.  But to really fill their craps tables they …

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What if Ghost The Musical was written by a Ghost?

A friend of mine wrote a book. Wait, that’s not entirely accurate. A friend of mine made it look like he wrote a book.  The truth is, he had it written by someone else.  A ghost.  (Insert spooky music here, or this from the upcoming musical version of Ghost.) And in the publishing world, hiring a ghostwriter is a lot more common than you think.  It’s what a lot of people do if they (or someone else) think there is a market (translation: money to be made) in the written word of that individual or in a particular subject. Bill …

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Last chance for you to see Chinglish.

Chinglish, the very funny and very timely play by David Henry Hwang that I produced on Broadway this Fall, is closing up shop this Sunday, January 29th.  And yep, it’s closing earlier than we had all hoped. And you should go see it before it does. Why?  Because it’s a very good play (Time Magazine named it the Best American Play of the Year.) But also because it is that very rare thing . . .  a new American play . . . and my co-producers and I tried hard to buck a trend and put it up without stars. …

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10 Takeaways from TEDxBroadway

What a day. Damian, Jim and I had high expectations for the first ever TEDxBroadway, but we were blown away by the presentations given by our big-brained speakers.  It was an exciting and inspiring day and all of us were so thankful to each and every presenter, and especially to each and every audience member who gave up a day’s worth of work and $100 to focus on what Broadway could be in twenty years. The talks will be online in the near (or so) future, so if you’re not a New Yorker, then you’ll be able to catch them …

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