Ok, it’s time to announce the answer to the Off-Broadway rowboat riddle!
Unfortunately there were no winners to my $100 challenge. A couple came close, but here’s a longer version of what I was going for.
The analogy actually starts like this: Broadway shows are like giant steamships, kind of like the Titanic. They are so big, so cumbersome and require so much energy to get going, that once you actually get them in the water . . . there’s not much you can do to veer them from their destination.
They are either going to hit the iceberg, or they won’t. Off-Broadway shows are more like rowboats. You can turn them a lot quicker and with a lot less effort. One quick row of an oar and you’re headed in a new direction. Unfortunately, they also sink a lot faster. (In fact, 89% of all commercial Off-Broadway shows close within 6 months). Here are a couple of my favorite entries from some of the readers out there:
– “Off-Broadway is like a rowboat. You only get somewhere after working hard to move yourself.”
– “Off-Broadway is like a rowboat. The more people you have rowing in the same direction, the faster and farther you go.”
Thanks, guys. And for being a runner up, I’m giving both of you iTunes gift cards! Keep your eye on your inbox.
And I suggest you get this song with your first purchase.