Fun on a Friday: Shut up, Dick!

talking to a lot of ‘people’ lately about their love of theater.

And I’ve heard some incredible, touching stories that could make a Romanian weightlifter cry.

And then I’ve heard stories like this one:

A theater lover was seeing a revival of The King and I many, many years ago.  And . . . well . . . I think I should just let him tell the story in his own words:

Nothing pisses me off more than people who sing along with overtures or songs on stage. Immediately upon the down beat of the overture this gravel-voiced man behind me starts to hum loudly.  I gave him a quick “shh” and turned back to my seat.  He continued a few beats later and I shushed him again.  On his third try I turned to face him and in a stage whisper said, “Will you please stop that awful singing?”

It was then that I realized I had told Richard Rodgers to shut up.

To his credit he apologized.

You know what my favorite part of that story is?  It wasn’t that my new friend taught Dick some good theater-going habits.  It wasn’t that even the Maestro of Musicals knew he was in the wrong!  It was that Richard Rodgers hummed along to his own tunes.  I mean, if the composer gets the songs stuck in his head, you’re on to something!

Fun on a Friday: Will Ferrell back on Broadway.

Will Ferrell made a big announcement earlier this week when he appeared on David Letterman.

Yep, the big man that tore up the Cort Theatre for 8 weeks a little over a year ago (which I was lucky enough to produce), told Dave’s viewers that he’s coming back to Broadway.

And this time, he’s going to do a musical.  Watch below to find out which one. And think about how lucky the Producers of this show are for all this attention.

Oh, and Will?  If you’re reading, please do come back.  I’m still laughing at that “Oh Brownie” bit.  And those nicknames of yours, were . . . well, as George W. would say, “Genius.  G-E-N-I-S.  Genius.”  (If you want to the best of the bunch, click here.)

Fun on a Friday: my greatest wish for you.

There is nothing greater than watching an audience see something they find entertaining and then showing their love by giving it a rousing ovation at the end. Standing Os, “bravos!”, dancing in the aisles, whatever . . . it’s the audience’s way of showing their appreciation for what we do.

Well, I can only hope that one day you all get an ovation for one of your shows like the one the guy gave below to something he found unbelievably entertaining: Mother Nature.

Now, when you’re done watching, (and please, for the love of all that’s holy, watch the whole thing because it gets better), watch the 2nd video I’ve posted below, which is a parody of the first.

As “just-for-fun” as this post may be, there are a few things to glean from the parody and the original vid.

1.  This video was posted on YouTube in January.  It had only 10,000 views . . . until Jimmy Kimmel tweeted the bejesus out of it.  Now it’s got 4.5 million.  To spread your word, look for people with big mouths and a lot of people already listening.

2.  The authors of the parody found something they enjoyed (and something that audiences already enjoyed), adapted it using their unique voice, and created something they’ve monetized.  Isn’t that the same story behind Mamma Mia?  Wicked?  The Phantom of the Opera?

3.  The best viral videos aren’t made, they just sort of happen naturally . . . like, well, like a rainbow.

Enjoy both videos (trust me – watch ’em both) and have a great weekend.  (If you’re an email subscriber and the videos don’t appear in your email, click here to see them).

I mean, talk about “Rainbow High!” (Anyone know what show?)

Fun on a Friday: A Broadway ‘promise’ to Lebron James.

Give it up for the great gals at Promises, Promises (and the marketing team pulling their strings) who sang the little ditty below to try and convince LeBron James to wear Knick orange next year.

While their sweet harmonies didn’t do much in the campaign to woo Lebron, they did manage to get a bunch of attention, including a write-up on the NY Times website.

There are a couple things to learn from this fun video, besides the fact that New Yorkers are actually nice:

  1. Nothing is more valuable than an enthusiastic cast that will go above and beyond to help promote your show.
  2. Mixing two subjects that don’t usually belong together (Chorus Girls in a 1960s Broadway Musical and one of the greatest basketball players to ever play the game) is inherently interesting and funny and spreads faster than a cold in kindergarten.
  3. If you look a little deeper on the Promises, Promises YouTube Channel, you’ll see that this wasn’t the Voices’ first vixeny video.  It was just the first one that got real attention.  But they didn’t give up when the first one didn’t go viral.  They kept going and going and going, until something hit.  Huh. Sounds like a good motto for marketing . . . and everything.

Thanks for the lesson, ladies.

Now, in the next video, keep the wigs, costumes and heels on, and head to the outdoor courts on West 4th Street and join a pick-up game.  I’d love to see that.  I bet a lot of folks would pay to see that!

Fun on a Friday: We Will Rock Q

As I’ve written about before, creating a viral video is one of the hardest things to do.  That’s one of the reasons they are called Viral . . . because not only do they spread fast, they usually aren’t intended for the response they get (e.g. I don’t think anyone shot this vid with the expectation that it would get 49 million views on YouTube).

Well, leave it to one of the most creative shows to come to town in years to come up with a vid with some serious viral potency.

You know what’s even cooler?  This heck of a vid comes 6 years into their NYC run.  It’s like they’ve tapped into a bottomless fountain of funny over there.

Full disclosure . . . my office GMs the show . . . but I would have written about this vid even if I were the President of the Puppets-Make-Me-Puke Association.

I hope your weekend is as much fun as the vid!

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