Our Green Broadway $100 winner announced!

Holy comments, BroadwayMan!

Based on the mountain of comments this blog received, making the theatrical workplace a greener place is obviously a very important subject for all of you.

And what creative suggestions they were!  Everything from LED lights to a “Craigslist for Theater Supplies” to a shock-absorbing dance floor that turns time-steps into electricity.  (Can you imagine how much electricity you could get from “Electricity” in Billy Elliot?)

There were several subjects that kept popping up:  paperless ticketing, Playbills and leftover sets, to name a few.  And, you know what I say . . . if more than one person has the same idea, it’s a subject that needs close examination (and there’s probably a business model behind it as well).

My staff sorted through the comments yesterday, and while they could have given multiple winners, they finally narrowed it down to just one.

The winner of the C-Note and the title of Mrs. Green Broadway is . . . RS!  RS wins with this suggestion:

The Producers should try to get Equity to come up with a way to stop requiring stuffers, without having to announce the changes in cast – there are already too many announcements before a show. Either allow us to just post the changes at the entrance or even allow for postings near each entrance to the aisles – the amount of paper we waste in stuffing is beyond imagination. Also if we still have to continue to stuff Playbills – shows really need to do one page all encompassing stuffers.even if this means that the stage managers end up producing the stuffer on the day.

I couldn’t agree more.  The amount of stuffers used on Broadway is disgustingly wasteful.  There has to be a better system that saves paper, time, money and more.  I blogged about it once and even said it might be worth us paying a few more bucks to our staffers to lose this minuscule piece of billing.

But something has got to be done.  The pros are not outweighing the conservation.

Congratulations, RS!  $100 is on its way to you!

And thanks to all of you for be a part of the team that helps “green” Broadway.  What we can save together is worth a whole lot more than $100.

10 Ways to green your show or theater. Come up with an 11th and win $100.

It ain’t easy bein’ green, as Kermit would sing.

It takes extra effort and sometimes some extra bucks.  It’s just like joining a gym!  But it’s time we all got together to make sure our planet has some rock-hard abs.

And that’s why I set out to write this post giving you 10 ways to green your show or theater, until I realized . . . the Broadway Green Alliance had already written it!

What?  Don’t know what the BGA is?  From their website:

The BGA (formerly Broadway Goes Green) was launched in 2008 as an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League. The BGA brings together all segments of the theatre community, including producers, theatres in New York and around the country, theatrical unions and their members, and related businesses. Working closely with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the BGA identifies and disseminates better practices for theatre professionals and reaches out to theatre fans throughout the country.

On their site, they list several ways that your designers, shops, office mates, etc. can green the work that we do.

Some suggestions:

  • Shop from local vendors instead of having items shipped across the country.
  • Design with LED lights (or other energy efficient instruments) whenever possible.
  • Reuse set and costume pieces from previous productions

For more ideas, visit their site here.

But wait . . . you don’t get off that easy.  Why don’t we use this forum to come up with some more super specific ideas to green your shows, theater or workplace.  Comment below on something you do or can do to get on the green train.

Extra credit if your idea saves money and saves the environment.

Ok, I’ll kick it off.

Everyone recycles paper, right?  Right?  But before you put it in the bin, make sure you’ve used the second side of the page.  Use it as scrap paper, fax machine paper, or I have a second “draft printer” that I fill with only half-used paper.  We don’t go through life drinking half a cup of coffee or living in half a house, right?  Why use only half the paper?

Alright, your turn.  And come up with something better than mine, will ya?  In fact, lets up the stakes.

The environment is priceless, but let’s put a prize on it anyway.

$100 (or 100 “green” backs) goes to the best idea commented below. My staff will be the judge.

We close the polls on Sunday at 11:59 PM EST, and I’ll announce the winner on Monday morning’s blog.  Comment away!  (Email subscribers, click here to get to the blog and register your potential winning comment.)

Kermit was right.

It’s not easy being green, especially on Broadway, where we power more and more Vari-Lites and burn more and more paper each and every year.

David Stone, the Producer of Wicked, and therefore maybe the “greenest” producer of us all (in so many ways), has taken the lead in trying to prevent Broadway from falling too behind in the eco-movement, since we are usually so far behind in every other movement.

Wicked is sponsoring the event below, which is open to all, so check it out if you can.  And a jolly-green giant sized thank you to David and the others involved for forcing our sometimes wasteful industry to band together to fight an issue that affects us all.

While I don’t believe that David’s involvement is anything but altruistic, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how Wicked supporting a “green” initiative on Broadway hits the sweet spot of marketing.  It just seems to make sense . . . and supports a social cause.

The real press worthy initiative will be the first Broadway show that announces they are entirely green.

(Producers of Hair, are you reading?)

See you at the event.

WICKED

invites you to join representatives from

THE BROADWAY LEAGUE, THE NEDERLANDER ORGANIZATION,

THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION, JUJAMCYN THEATRES,

ACTORS’ EQUITY, LOCAL 1, IATSE, LOCAL 802

at

The Gershwin Theatre

on

Tuesday, June 10

12:00 – 1:30 pm

For a Town Hall Meeting On Making Broadway Green

Special Guest Speaker:

Allen Hershkowitz, Ph.D.

Environmental adviser to the Oscars, the Grammys,

Major League Baseball and the NBA

Over the past few years, many industries have made strides to improve work practices and make changes that better our environment.   We hope you will join us, and other members of our community, for an interactive industry-wide town hall meeting to discuss how we can all come together as an industry to affect change and become a leader in this movement.

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Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

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