First recoupment and now this!

It’s raining good news over at the Booth Theatre on Broadway.

Less than two weeks ago, the unlikely hit, Next to Normal, defied expectations and announced that it had recouped its investment.

Yesterday, in another “shocking” turn of events (get it?), N2N took home the biggest drama prize of them all . . . The Pulitzer!

To say that this was a surprise, would be like saying Alice Ripley’s character in N2N is just “in a mood.”

From the sound of the fallout, the choice was a surprise to the prize.jpgckin’ insiders as well.

First, Charles McNulty of the LA Times, and a member of the Drama Jury that was chosen by the Pulitzer Board to give recommendations on nominees, ripped the board a new one for ignoring the Jury’s recs in his article entitled, “On The Year’s Drama Award, The Pulitzer Board Blew It.”

Then came Patrick Healy’s revelation that “a lot” of Pulitzer Board Members saw N2N the night before their important vote for the winner (and you and I both know that awards are most likely to go to shows that are “fresh” in voters’ minds, right?).

And this morning, the HE in DidHeLikeIt Himself, Mr. Ben Brantley, wrote a very interesting op-ed piece in the New York Times expressing his frustration about the process, having been the Chairman of the Drama Jury in 2007, when the board overrode the Jury’s recommendations as well.

Whatever happened, it’s a fantastic story for a show that almost didn’t make it to Broadway and has now not only recouped, but also been awarded an incredible distinction.

Will this big prize have an impact at the BO?  Let’s watch and see . . . (my guess is that the people who the Prize means the most to have already seen the show, although I’d also bet that the ad agency is designing a big sign for the front of the theater to trumpet this news to all those tourists).

Congratulations to everyone involved for this incredible honor.  I’m sure they are all thrilled.

In fact, I heard a rumor that that lead character was so happy about the big win, it cured her depression.

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Normal is only the 8th musical to take home the P Prize, and it’s in great company.  Can you name the other seven?  Give it a shot, then click here for the answer.

Who says there are no jobs in this economy. Here are 2!

Are you an Un?  If so, then you should be looking for a new job.

What’s an Un?  Unemployed, uninspired or under-appreciated.

Don’t wait for your old job to call you back if you got laid off (that’s like staying home on a Saturday night waiting for a girl/guy who dumped you to call), and don’t sit back and wait for your current job to get better.  It won’t.

Look for another opportunity, or even better, create your own.

Here are a couple of job opps that appeared in my inbox this week, including one gig with a subsidiary of my company:


1.  NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL SEEKS DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

The Director of Development will be responsible for overseeing and executing the organization’s development and marketing strategies, including:  maintaining relationships and communication with diverse sources of contributed income (including individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies); identifying, cultivating and soliciting potential funding prospects; overseeing the fulfillment of member, patron, and sponsor benefits; maintaining development mailing lists and research files; and supervising development interns, grant writers, and other part time employees or independent contractors who are engaged by NYMF to assist with development activities.

The person who fills this role will ultimately be responsible for maintaining and building the community of support for the organization to enable the strategic growth of the organization and to ensure that the festival can continue to be an affordable and accessible venue for independent artists.

Excellent writing, oral communication, and customer service skills are essential.  Computer proficiency, including MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook).  Prior experience in development or fund raising.

The ideal candidate will be a creative thinker and strategic marketer interested in growing with the organization.

Salary is $30-45k, commensurate with experience.

Interested applicants should email Elizabeth Lucas at eal@elizabethlucas.com.

2.  EDITOR/CONTENT MANAGER FOR THEATRICAL WEBSITES

Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Inc. is seeking an Editor/Content Manager for three websites which it founded and manages:

www.BroadwaySpace.com
www.BestOfOffBroadway.com
www.DidHeLikeIt.com

Responsibilities will include:

– Coming up with feature story and video ideas
– Coordinating the production of feature videos with our crew
– Writing daily news blurbs and feature stories
– Managing reviewers
– Uploading photos, videos to websites

The ideal person for this position would possess the following skills and qualifications:

– Experience in theatrical media (preferably websites)
– Relationships with theatrical press reps
– Strong computer skills (graphic design, photoshop, video editing and HTML a plus)
– Excellent and exciting writer
– Organized and outgoing
– Interested in getting involved with a start up business and helping it grow.

We see this as a part-time position that would lead to full time. There may be the possibility to work from home.

Salary commensurate upon experience.

Interested applicants should email info@broadwayspace.com.

Good luck in becoming an un-Un!

Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

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