The Top 10 Broadway and Theater iPhone Apps

I thought this was one of my best ideas for a blog in awhile.

But when I started to do some research, I was quickly reminded how Broadway is about 10 years behind every other industry, especially in terms of technology.

I could barely find 10 Broadway or Theater related iPhone apps . . . period!

Sure, there’s the We Will Rock You game, which I’ve written about before, as well the app for BroadwayWorld (BWW is always out front in terms of tech), BroadwayInChicago (offering tickets and schedules for this huge Chicago presenting house), TheaterGlossary (exactly what it sounds like) and BroadwayTube (which has only 1 review with 1 star), and some techie apps (thank you ControlBooth.com).

But that’s pretty much it.

Kind of sad, don’t you think?  Especially since apps aren’t going anywhere soon (In fact, their importance may be only increasing as they get a shot at a bigger stage on the new Apple tablet, as discussed in this NY Times article).

So come on all you developers and thinkers out there, let’s brainstorm some Bway apps!  And I’m pointing my finger at myself as well, because I want one more than a 6-year-old girl wants a pony, but I haven’t quite cracked a concept either.

So let’s try and crack it together!  In fact, here’s a proposal:

Send your ideas for iPhone apps to iPhoneIdeas@davenporttheatrical.com.  If I see one I like and make it, we’ll split the profits.

You win, I win, and the biggest winner of all?  The business.

Because the goal here is not to make money.

The goal is simply to have enough content for a blog post titled, “The Top 10 Broadway and Theater iPhone Apps!”

**************************

As of June 5, 2010, we are no longer accepting iphone application ideas.  Thanks for the terrific responses, and do look for our first iPhone application to launch in the summer of 2010!

**************************

UPDATED JULY 22, 2010:  Our “At The Booth” iPhone App is now available!  Entertainment Weekly calls it “The best thing to happen to New York Theater since, well, the introduction of the TKTS Booth!”

Read the announcement post here!

Donwload the app here!

– – – – –

Want to learn how to get your show from the page to the stage? Join my community of theater professionals on TheProducersPerspectivePRO, plus get instant access to 30+ hours of training, monthly newsletters and networking opportunities, producer contact lists, and so much more! To join TheProducersPerspectivePROclick here!

Schadenfreude for Spider-Man?

Rumors started on the street last week that Spidey was in trouble when the multi-million dollar renovation of the Hilton theater was halted.  It was called a “cash-flow problem”, which is corporate for, “we’re not putting up another cent.”

These rumors and even the postponement didn’t come as too much of a shock to me, or to anyone that’s been following the story.  The dramatic suspension of the work even seemed right on target with the Titanic analogy I used in this post.  That pic was plagued with delays and cost overruns.  It makes sense.  Whenever you’re building a product that is three times the size of the norm, you’re bound to run into problems.  Imagine if suddenly someone tried to build a skyscraper three times the biggest skyscraper out there.  Or three times the biggest cruise ship.  Two things are for certain: you’re gonna get press, and you’re gonna have problems.

Yesterday, everyone’s favorite NY Post columnist, Michael “You-Can-Hate-Me-But-I’m-Usually-Right” Riedel was the first to report that the unprecedented production was officially canceled.

So what happened?  Well, here’s my guess . . .

But wait!  In true super-hero fashion, here comes Hello Entertainment to save the day!  Look at this quote that the Producers just gave to MTV, according to BroadwayWorld:

Hello Entertainment is aware of the speculation about the future of Spider-Man on Broadway and is re-confirming that the plan is to resume production shortly and preview on February 25, 2010 at the Hilton Theatre when cash flow issues have been resolved.

So it’s on again?

Hmmm.  Well, ok.  I’m going to try to be optimistic.  I’m going to try, because:

  • There are a LOT of jobs at stake here:  actors, stagehands, box office personnel, etc. and no one needs another few hundred people out of work right now.
  • I think Spider-Man was the only shot we had to breaking a billion bucks this season.  If it goes bye-bye, we just lost what would have been a big big grosser (for a little while, at least).
  • Spider-Man had the potential to bring in new audiences to Broadway

I’m going to try to be optimistic.  I’m going to try.  I’m going to . . .

. . . but I have to wonder . . .

If you were the Producer of Spider-Man and a major publication announced that you were canceling the production, would you make an announcement of your own that the article was BS . . .  to MTV?

Oh, and also, what does it mean if I met a movie producer at a cocktail party tonight and she said that she offered a role in a new movie to Evan Rachel Wood last week and was told she was unavailable.

And then this week she got a call from her agent saying that she may have an opening in her schedule after all.

I’m going to try and be optimistic. I’m going to try.

Because no matter how easy it may be to say, “I told you so,” Spider-Man not happening isn’t good for anybody.

Maybe one idea for the execs at Marvel is to seek the James Cameron-Titanic deal from their creatives.  That’s one way to find out just who is really committed to making this show happen.

I know that if I were one the spiders spinning this web, I’d put my Producer fees and royalties on the pass line just for a chance to roll these super-hero sized dice.

SIGN UP BELOW TO NEVER MISS A BLOG

X