What the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has to do with Broadway.

17 years ago, a lot of people thought a little policy called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a good idea.

And yesterday, President Obama (thankfully) threw it out.

There are a lot of rules, laws, and policies in effect in our government . . . and in our industry.  Many were created under different “administrations”, with different economic environments and different entertainment environments.

And a lot of them were probably good ideas at the time.

But a lot of them need to be tossed out like yesterday’s law.

It doesn’t mean that they were bad ideas.  Maybe they were right for the time.  Maybe they were all that could be done at that time.  But that doesn’t mean we have to live with them.

If you’re reading this blog, then I’d bet 100 to 1 that you’re a believer in change . . . and not so that you can put a few more dollars in your pocket . . . but you believe in change for the theater that will ensure that it not only survives, but thrives over the next 10, 20 or 100 years.

And I’d bet 1000 to 1 that if you’ve voiced that concern, that you’ve run into at least one person in your travels who has told you, “That’s the way it’s done, and it’s not going to change.”

Well, if the US government, which moves slower than the first day of tech on a $65 million dollar musical, can toss out something because it’s archaic and ineffectual, then we can too.

It just takes a lot of people raising their voice and demanding the change.

I hope you’re one of those people.

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  • Bob G. says:

    Ken, this post doesn’t make much sense. What exactly are you advocating that we change? I agree that if a lot of people get riled up, things change. But what law(s) are preventing the Broadway industry from doing business in a reasonable manner.

  • Hannah says:

    Bob, what I took from this is that we change the way things are done on Broadway, not laws prohibiting us from doing something progressive. Where I’m from I see a lot of companies get stuck in their own way of doing things, producing what audiences expect rather than exceeding those expectations. However it takes people that desire that change to move it, to show the new innovations of our time. I got the main point to be: If the government can move forward than why not the industry too?

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