The Sunday Giveaway: 1 Free Ticket to TEDx Broadway!

Just a few weeks ago we announced the return of TEDx Broadway, and tickets are flying off the e-shelves.  Co-Organizers Damian Bazadona, Jim McCarthy and I have been a bit overwhelmed by the excitement from inside our beloved industry, as well as from the outside world.  So we’re working twice as hard to deliver an event that everyone is going to love.

And I can’t tell you everything that’s going to happen during those few hours on January 28th.  But I can tell you it’s going to be cool.

Wow.  January 28th.  It’s hard to believe that it’s less than three months away.

It’s also hard to believe that we’re giving away a free ticket to one of you!

Want to win a free pass to TEDx?  Here’s how:

OK, since you’ve all been such good boys and girls, I’ll give you one hint as to something we’re thinking about doing this year that’s a little different . . .

We’ve been inspired by the Presidential Debates (remember this blog from the last presidential election?) as well as the work of an org called Intelligence Squared.

Intelligence Square makes big succinct and most definitely controversial statements  (e.g. Legalize Drugs, Ban College Football, Give Ken Davenport A Broadway Theater to Run, etc.) then gets two sides to debate that issue (a For and an Against).  The fun part about what they do is that they have the audience vote For/Against before the debate.  And then after!  You see how compelling the arguments are instantaneously!  Fun!

Ok, so we’re toying with the idea of doing something like that for TEDx.  Toying, I say . . . ’cause there’s no guarantee.  Why am I being so hemmy-and-hawwy?

Because we haven’t found our big succinct statement . . . yet.

That’s where you come in!

Comment below with your simple statement with pros and cons and maybe you’ll win the ticket to TEDx!

And maybe you’ll see some super speakers debating your issue!


(Got a comment? I love ‘em, so comment below!  Click here then scroll down to say what’s on your mind!)



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  • Michael Hallinan says:

    Recording Video During a Broadway Performance

  • Merge Actor’s Equity into SAG-AFTRA. One union, one pension, one health insurance option, etc.

  • Saaya Y. says:

    Live stream Broadway shows.
    Pros: More audience, more fans, and more revenue sources. New types of fans would come to see the live shows in NYC, just like Glee fans love seeing the cast’s performances in live.
    Cons: It could lower the existing live ticket prices and/or sales. More competition with TV & film business.

  • Aaron Deitsch says:

    Should Broadway shows be required to receive a rating before opening like a movie does (E.G. R, PG-13, G)?

  • Rachel E says:

    Continue producing musicals based on movies (a la Ghost, Bring It On, Legally Blonde, Elf…you get the idea!).
    Pros: pre-existing fan base, broad appeal, may capture less traditional Broadway audience members, theoretically less risky than a new show that nobody has heard of
    Cons: Discourages creativity/fresh ideas, deters more “authentic” Broadway audiences, may not translate well to the stage

  • Tzahalla says:

    Quality show or mindless fun?

    1. Quality shows can be fun, and in the long run will bring theatre it’s value (which, in my opinion was taken away by money-machines that has no real power)
    2.Quality shows aren’t always what the public values (though, the people are always underestimated)

  • Broadway Wanted 2032! Dead or Alive?

    Succinct enough, Mr. Davenport??

  • Melissa says:

    Discounting Tickets
    Pros: Makes theater more accessible
    Cons: Negative impact on ticket sales

  • Charles says:

    Broadway – nonprofit or commercial or a combination, the shows must go on because story telling on the stage in a global world has never been more important!

  • Fix Broadway and You Fix America!

    Broadway success, is synonymous with America’s past prosperity and yet unwritten Future. Fix Broadway and America’s Future is Secured.

  • Luke Weidner says:

    Off-Broadway at the Tony’s.

  • Julia Broder says:

    Make Broadway a More Efficient Market: Produce Fewer Shows

    PROS: Too many choices for a potential Broadway customer can be counterproductive. Studies are increasingly showing that the more choice a person has, 1) the more likely he is to regret his decision and/ or feel less satisfied with his choice, or 2) the more likely he is to be overwhelmed into a state of paralysis and not choose at all.
    (Watch this TedTalk with Psychologist Barry Schwartz:

    The more variety we have in our show offerings, the happier our ticket buyers will be, and therefore, the more they will buy. We want to have something for everyone.

    (Watch this TedTalk with author Malcolm Gladwell:

  • “Dismantle Actors Equity, start again!”

    Pro’s: Give the power back to the individual actor to make his or her own choices and cut a whole lot of red-tape for the producer. Re-band in a stronger position than before.

    Con’s: Lose all the gains that have been made for Actors/Stage Managers rights in the union’s 100 year history. Risk exploitation and dissolution of all rights.

  • Wl Pauliks says:

    “Ban Lipsyncing for B’Way songs in Thanksgiving Day parade.”
    Pros: Shows New York is center of live stage entertainment. Shows the caliber of talent.

    Cons: Macy’s would have to make room for musicians. Temperatures can get cold.

  • Kile Ozier says:

    singing along = ejection from the theatre
    photographing during performance = left hand removed
    full refunds available @ intermission
    government subsidies for original work that runs for 6 month’s +

  • Build more Broadway Theaters.

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    Ban all animation/puppets/Pixar/Anime/cartoons!

    Pros: more jobs for human actors; we need ’em and there are thousands of us!
    Cons: stifles creativity

    PS – Jan. 28 is my birthday (can prove it)just sayin’…

  • Debate question: “To what extent is the Broadway musical a dead and/or declining art form?”

    Pros – Overall industry revenues are much lower than TV or the movies; much less original content is created for the stage than either of the above; many shows succeed on a purely commercial level with little or no artistic merit; clearly the theatre had a ‘Golden Age’ in the ’50s; etc.

    Cons – Recent theatre renovations/restorations; influence of large media conglomerates like Disney; the “British megamusical” of the 1980s; the rise of college music theatre training programs; the regional theatre phenomenon; the resurgence of B-way as a tourist destination since the 1980s; etc.

  • Michael Daly says:

    Stream HD Video of Sold Out Broadway shows by subscription.

    -reach a larger audience
    -make more money

    -Cannabalize ticket sales

    ( but i can argue against that 😉

  • burt e says:

    madison avenue shakespeare

    for: out, out damn spot!

    against: there’s something rotten in denmark!

  • PC Hurewitz says:

    Every Broadway show must offer $25 tickets in the last row of the mezzanine, available for purchase 1 week in advance of the performance at the Box Office, with a maximum of 2 tickets per person.

    Pro: tickets are available at reasonable prices to all shows. This will potentially expand audiences beyond those who can afford to pay the current $77 minimum price for many plays.

    Con: 1) Tickets will not necessarily be bought by those who cannot afford other tickets. 2) Producers will be forced to forego revenue that would otherwise have come in earlier, and at higher levels.

  • Alexa says:

    To advance theatrical discovery, every hit Broadway show should have to finance at least one experimental, never before seen, off-off Broadway performance for every 6 months of their success.

  • Tom says:

    Change the Broadway performance schedule.

    Pros: Not everyone wants to go to a show at 7 or 8pm.

    Cons: Must negotiate new contract with Equity.

    You blogged about this one– I know you care!

  • Eliza says:

    The Electoral College v. Tony Voters.

    • Felipe says:

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  • Joe says:

    What’s the right pipeline for theatre in America:

    Broadway to regional theatres or regional theatres to Broadway?

  • David says:

    Broadway Tickets Are Overpriced

    Pro: Broaday is expensive, and would be more inclusive and less elitist (and maybe offer more shows of more relevance) with lower prices. Broadway should be more responsive to market forces and laws of supply and demand so there would be fewer empty seats (which are wasted inventory and lost potential experiences).

    Con: Broadway is a terrific value. And who pays full price for tickets anyway?

  • Kyle Abraham says:

    Non-profit Broadway vs. commercial Broadway

  • Ed from CT says:

    Separate the Best Musical award category into Adapted (to include musicals made from movies, books, etc.) and Original (created specifically to be a musical).

  • L says:

    Broadway producers are the real industry stars
    Pros: Help theatre be recognized as a thriving commercial entity; motivate further stewardship by donor patrons; helps sell conference events like TedX
    Cons: Actors are reduced to only appearing in mainstream media and taken less seriously, the face of a show is no longer what you pay to see on stage, the high price of tickets is reflected in industry ideals.

  • Big pappy says:

    Should entertainment be “free”?

    1.Pros–more people would go-look how many watched TV when it was free(before cable)

    2. Cons–harder to make a living, survive in it perhaps–BUT that’s where advertising/ marketing comes in-sell more products at the theater-autographs with the stars, CD’s…

  • Travis says:

    The pros and cons of giving general vs student rush tickets to shows.

    Pros: The opportunity to inexpensively see a show is available to anyone who can get up at six in the morning
    Cons: Can encourage people to wait for the day of the show to buy cheap theatre-filling tickets rather than full price ones earlier.

  • Mark Corallo says:

    What happened to originality. Ghost, The Adams Family, We have seen them all. Give the theater back to artists who want to make their mark and produce something original.

  • Robert HP says:

    Posit: Reduce top tier ticket prices to $100, and offer a substantial number of $20 tickets to all shows.

    PROS: Once again, young people (and families with young people) can attend and re-attend Broadway shows, inspiring the next generation of actors/directors/lyricists/composers, the way it attracted the likes of Gershwin, etc.

    CONS: No more over-the-top spectacles with over-the-budget Hollywood actors with questionable skills on the boards. That’s also a “Pro.”

  • Diana Lipkus says:

    Posit: Broadway Across America is or is not beneficial to creating an audience that will travel to New York City to financially support the Broadway theater district and especially new shows.

    Pros: People all over America are exposed to high quality Broadway productions.The people fall in love with the quality of the Broadway entertainment. They therefore think of attending Broadway shows when in or near NYC on vacation .They seek new shows that have not traveled to their local area.

    Con: People are exposed to 6 or more exciting traveling Broadway shows per year in most major cities in the nation. The people have no need to incur the cost to travel in person to the Big White Way.Therefore there is no boost to interest in nor ticket sales for new theatrical productions on Broadway. The traveling shows,which are already a proven success,find the travel to be an important source of revenue, but new shows never benefit.

  • Sammy Kanter says:

    Mandated ticket prices at a certain price.

  • Mehwish says:

    Anonymous August 3, 2010 You did the right thing. I wpuild have done the same and even more than that. I would ahve sppeald his face with my id.He deserves it for not only being stupid but irresponsible.Don’t ever feel guilty for such persons.And I will not aologize. He should know better.

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