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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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THIS is one of the most disruptive moves on Broadway in decades.


That sound you heard was an industry shakeup that could change the way Broadway works . . . forever.

There have been two major players in the ticketing space on Broadway for . . . ever.   Telecharge (owned by the Shuberts) and Ticketmaster, a massive publicly-traded company.  (ATG brought their platform to Broadway when they bought two theaters a few years ago.)

Yes, the word monopoly has been used to describe this limited competition for sure.

While Producers have always dreamed about being able to pick their own ticketing platform, and therefore get the data that goes along with it, this is a decision that is with the theater owners.

And then, Jordan Roth, the youngest theater owner on the block, just tossed everything up in the air by canning Ticketmaster and bringing in SeatGeek . . . a more modern platform birthed in the internet era.


Read the article about it here in the NY Times.

And then . . . tell me what you think.

Will this give an advantage to Jujamcyn Theaters when Producers are looking for theaters for their big hits?  Or will it force the other Ticketmaster and Telecharge to innovate faster?

Will service fees drop?

One thing is for sure . . . the big winner is our customers.