Wider seats, digital distribution, holograms . . . these were just a few of the answers you came up with for the question, "What will Broadway be like in 20 years?"

You can read them all here . . . but the winner to this week's giveaway, and the guy that's going to Monday's TedX Broadway is . . .

Danny!

Here was Danny's answer, in case you were curious:

In 20 years, it will be the norm for Broadway shows to release a video recording of the show in the way that it is now the norm for a musical to release a cast album. It would be recorded with the original cast but not released until after closing night, so as not to compete with ticket sales. It would be an easy way for producers to continue making money on the property after the show has closed, and a way to preserve amazing performances forever. (And make them accessible to anyone anywhere, unlike the Lincoln Center archives.)

(It was the comparison to the cast recording that I loved about this answer.  I mean, do you think people argued against releasing cast albums years ago?)  

Congratulations, Danny!  Email me and we'll set up your ticket.  We'll see you on Monday.

If you're interested in hearing more of what Broadway will be like in 20 years, then come to TedX Broadway.  There are a few tickets still available, and it's going to be awesome.

Read these articles about the conference in the NY Post and the Associated Press then Buy Your Tickets.

See you there.

 

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4 Responses to Who won the free ticket to TedX Broadway?

  1. Congrats to Danny!
    Ken, will you be live tweeting from TedX Broadway? Where can we find blog or video recaps of the day’s events? Pretty disappointed that I cannot be there but I hope to get a hold of some good recaps.
    Thanks!

  2. Rick Schneider says:

    The problem with the idea of video recordings (which I would love to have for every show) is that they would generally conflict with the movie rights, which are worth millions to many shows. Not all, obviously. And of course, you have to have every creative and union buy in.

  3. Abby says:

    I think Danny is right on. Digital Theatre is already doing this in the UK with non-profits and it’s only a matter of time (and some heavy negotiation) before folks in the US, unions included, get on board. Of course this would never replace the live experience, but will give access to at least a representation of certain performances for those who couldn’t see the show live for whatever reason. That in turn will build audience. In addition, recordings such as these will provide a precious and valuable archive that will have mulitple uses for years to come.

  4. Michael says:

    Danny’s answer reminds me that I auditioned years ago for a producer who wanted to skip the stage altogether and produce new musicals on video only. Never happened.

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