September 3, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – Broadway Theater Safety

“Our building is the safest building you can walk into.” Read more below about how Pass Over continues to lead the way back to live theater and get some tips on how to make your own shows the safest places you can walk into. 

Read more: www.rollingstone.com 

 

2 – “They’ve Come Home”

I can’t wait until all of us get to come home. Check out the homecoming stories of three incredible theatermakers. What are you most excited to get back to as live theater returns?

Read more: www.playbill.com 

 

3 – NYC AirBNB

Airbnb has just named NYC as its most booked destination in the U.S. To those who said New York may never come back . . . looks like I’ll see you this fall. 

Read more: www.timeout.com  

 

4 – Disney Theatricals Return

If these last 18 months have taught me anything, it’s that most of us really are all in the same boat. Check out how Disney Theatricals is approaching its comeback below. 

Read more: www.variety.com  

 

5 – Broadstream Premiere 

More streaming! More theater! Broadstream, a brand new streaming service offering commissioned pieces, is set to premiere later this month. What piece are you most excited to see?

Read more: www.medium.com 

 

Fun on a Friday: 

If you haven’t already, check out The Broadway League’s new “This is Broadway” campaign (featuring Oprah!). 

 

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My reaction to the vaccination and mask mandate at Broadway shows.

If you haven’t heard, Broadway announced that if you want to see a Broadway show this fall, you need proof of vaccination AND a mask.

My reaction?

Best seen in this post on Instagram.

 

 

But . . . what about Broadway?

I’ll be honest.

In my 30 years (!) living in New York City, I’ve never watched a Mayoral debate.

But with all that’s riding on the next Mayor of NYC, you can bet your A-train that I tuned into last week’s debate between the leading candidates: Eric Adams, Andrew Yang, Scott Stringer, Dianne Morales, Kathryn Garcia, Maya Wiley, Ray McGuire and Shaun Donovan.

While a great many good ideas where shared, there was one moment gave me a big ol’ sad face.  And the NY Times even commented on it.

When asked about what cultural event the candidates wanted to attend, not ONE mentioned Broadway, Off Broadway, or the theater in general.  Shocking, isn’t it? The theater provides so much for this city, in dollars, in tourists . . . and yet our Mayors never seem to want to go to the theater!

I mean, candidates, you DO know that Broadway’s attendance is more than all 10 of NYC’s professional sports teams . . . COMBINED!!!

And do we get Mayors at our opening nights?  Closing nights?  Or any nights?

So, to the candidates, if you want the votes of the Broadway community, perhaps you should engage with the Broadway community . . . and see a show.

I’ll buy the ticket.

Podcast Episode #233: 8 Shows A Week on Broadway

ESTIMATED LISTENING TIME OF THIS PODCAST EPISODE:  12 Minutes

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Ever wonder where the “8 Shows A Week” model came from?

I’ll tell you on this week’s episode, and I’ll also talk about how this fall, when Broadway returns, several shows may NOT perform 8 times a week.

Yep, Broadway may use the strategy that helped save Off-Broadway years ago . . . and pro-rate.

But will the unions allow it?  Listen in to hear more.

 

AFTER YOU LISTEN:

My mission is to get more people talking about the theater.  The more people talking about it, the more people who want to make it, perform it, support it, etc.  And that’s how theater not only survives, but thrives.

The biggest compliment you can give me is by sharing this podcast.

I thank you and the theater thanks you!

 

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May 14, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

From even more Broadway reopening dates and why Broadway is waiting to reopen until the fall to Indie Venues finally receiving their “Save our Stages” money and more . . . here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked will return to Broadway on Sept. 14

Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked are all set to return to Broadway this Fall! The “Big Three” were long-rumored to reopen the industry due to their popularity.

Read more: broadwaynews.com 

 

2 – EXPLAINER: Why Broadway is waiting until fall to reopen

The four-month long wait is explained. Producers and union leaders must reach agreements on all issues before shows open while also gauging their audiences back.

Read more: apnews.com

 

3- SBA Expects ‘Save Our Stages’ Money to Finally Reach Indie Venues Next Week.

Indie venues have been struggling to keep afloat since the pandemic began more than 14 months ago. They have received no aid thus far, news states the payments will begin starting next week.

Read more: variety.com 

 

4 – Hollywood Bowl reserves 85% of seats for vaccinated guests. Everything you need to know.

Want a seat at this year’s Hollywood Bowl? Get vaccinated! The remainder of the tickets will be reserved for those showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of a given performance and masks will be required for all patrons.

Read more: latimes.com

 

5 – Cut the intermission, please. Why I hope the pandemic ends a theatrical tradition.

It’s hard to believe after the lockdown, people will want to maximize their time indoors. Will this pose an issue on the theatrical tradition of a 10-15 minute intermission? Or will intermission be of that of the past, moving towards uninterrupted performances?

Read more: latimes.com 

 

Fun on a Friday:

If you’ve been following the Bridgerton Musical trend on TikTok, you may have seen this new cover with Darren Criss (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying).

@abigailbarlowwwSurprise!! @darrencriss  is on tiktok and we burn for him. #bridgertonmusical @emilythebear♬ original sound – Abigail Barlow

 

 

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