Who am I surveying next? Myself!

Last week’s Tony Awards survey and its revealing results got me in the surveyin’ spirit.

When I was thinking about who to survey next, I realized that it has been some time since we have taken a survey of . . . YOU!

As you know, I’m a big believer in constantly asking your audience what they think of your show, your marketing, the amount of ice cubes in your $10 cokes, etc.  Are you going to pay attention to every comment that you get?  No.  But if you see the same comment more than thrice. . . Well, then I’d investigate if I were you.

And now it’s time to practice what I preach!

Below is a link to a quick survey that will ask you some demographic info (so we can reveal just who is reading TPP – which I will do so publicly), and it’ll also ask you to give us some feedback on the blog.  And I’ll use that feedback to make the blog better for all of you.  Promise.

So if there’s something you want less of–or more of–now is your chance.

Click here to take the Producer’s Perspective Survey!


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  • janiska says:

    To compete with computer games, TV, movies, the Internet, books, and all the rest, live theater has to not be ‘as good,’ but ‘better’ than any of the above because we have to inspire a lot just to get folks to try our form of entertainment.
    We have to get them to put down their controllers, turn off the boob tube, get off the couch and leave the kitchen. We have to separate them from a few bucks then drag them to the theater.
    And after all that, if they are not thrilled with the show and don’t fall in love with the ART of theater, they won’t ever be back.
    Lord we have a ton of work to do. Heck, I’m tired from just typing all that.

  • jenbryan@comcast.net says:

    Just had to say thanks for the Super Contra shout out – good times!
    I think pop culture touchstones are important in bringing the non-traditional theatre goers into the seats – which is why I love the recent casting choices of Eve Plumb and now Joyce DeWitt in Miss Abigail’s Guide….. Who doesn’t want to feel connected to good memories from their younger days? I think it’s effective even when the material performed by the actor isn’t related at all to their iconic role. It’s all about broadening the allure of live theatre, because I think once someone experiences live theatre, they are going to seek it out more and more.

  • Anna says:

    I think we go to theater exactly because we want something different from the digital world that invades us. Anything but a screen! Live entertainment is interaction, is challenging, and is the contrary of a contest. It is a little of “real” in a world of abstractions. It is a moment which cannot be suspended. Now and here. Does it mean there is nothing to take from the Atari generation? I believe we have introduced lots of things already in the way shows are produced. Mostly in the technical area: sounds, lights,image projections… Probably also in the reception: a theatre is not only a place to see a show. It can also be a place for supper, or a specialized store, an arcade of its own. Lots of places I know of offer those services with success. Does it appeal more to the Atari demographics? Probably not. But maybe the theater core public, which is changing as the generation, finds new reasons to choose live entertainment and fuel the theatres for the years to come and more.

  • Rick Knight says:

    It’s not only videogaming that had an effect but right around that time, MTV made a very big presence on the scene. That might be why jukebox musicals such as “Rock of Ages”, “Xanadu”, “Grease” and “Mamma Mia” started showing up as way to make bank on Broadway. We’d all been raised on the videos and the music.
    Another effect though is one I’m attempting (with some frustration) to incorporate into the book of my musical, essentially trying to re-create the “fast cut” so prominent today in movies but which showed up first in 80s music videos. Since they only had 3-4 minutes, they were cutting like mad to tell a story that went with the song and kept young attention spans (or did it just frey them all the more?). Frankly, one needs Dramamine these days if you see music videos.
    Still, would shorter, tighter scenes, set up in different quadrants of the stage and that keep the pace at an Aaron-Sorkin (after the cocaine phase) briskness be appealing to the generation that witnessed video killing the radio star?

  • Michael says:

    Interesting that “the C word” can now be used in a lyric, but apparently not in a blog.

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