Books are like black . . . always in style. So I published one!

Records, 8-tracks, cassettes (and cassingles), CDs and MP3s:  I’ve seen all of these in my lifetime, and only two of those methods of music distribution remain.

Books, audio books and digital books:  I’ve seen all of these in my lifetime, and all three remain (interesting how the word book has stuck whereas music has come up with new “titles” altogether).
Despite the awesomeness of The Kindle (the PDF conversion feature makes it so easy for me to take 10 scripts on trips without having to bring an extra suitcase), don’t expect your paperback to disappear anytime soon.  Kindles and the like will become more and more popular, as will reading on your iPhone, but there’s something about a book’s portability, durability, and economicability (I know that’s not a word, but I wanted another “-ility” and it made me laugh when I read it out loud so I went for it.  Sue-ility me.).
I mean, think about it . . . what would hotels do if books disappeared?  Would you find a e-bible in your nightstand instead?  Books have history.  They have character.  They sit on shelves and act like art.
Since books aren’t going anywhere, and more importantly, since my father still thinks the “world wide inter-web” is a place where spiders hang out in-between meals so he has yet to read any one of my blogs . . . I published one!
And here she is . . . it’s a collection of the first year of my blogs titled YEAR 1:  Is There A Doctor In The Theater?  
In addition to my Dad, it was created for people who may have joined the ranks of the readers more recently, and want to catch up.  Get the book and you can flip pages on the subway or on the beach rather than click and click and click while seated at a desk in an office or at home.
The other reason I published the book, frankly, is because I just wanted to say that I did it.  No other reason than that.  And thanks to that cool “place where spiders hang out” and companies like Lulu, it’s easier now to publish a book than ever before.
The book will be on in a few weeks, but until then you can get it for yourself or for a friend, here.
And Dad, if someone is reading this to you, it will be in your mailbox in three weeks.  I know that seems like a long time, but since you still think old-school communication is the way to go, I thought I’d send it to you via Pony Express.   😉
Oh, BTW, a portion of the proceeds from the book are going to this cool thing I have planned for all of you . . . but it’s still in its ameobic form, so I can’t get specific yet.  But it’s something that will hopefully help you guys get your shows off the ground.

Play the Virtual Broadway Investment game today! Win an iPhone!

Fantasy baseball, fantasy poker, fantasy stock market . . . why not fantasy Broadway!

We’re all going to play a simple game called Will It Recoup?, to give us all a chance to get in on the Broadway investing and Broadway producing game, without risking a dime.

And yep, we’re giving away another iPhone (rumors are that there may even be a new one coming out by the time this contest is up!)

Here’s how it works:

Clicking on the link below will take you to a survey asking you the simple question of whether or not a play that is opening between now and the ’09 Tony Awards cutoff will recoup or not (we’re only playing with the commercial plays because we’ll have a answer as to whether or not they recoup quicker than the musicals).

Before you answer, imagine that you are putting $10,000 into each show that you think will recoup.  Unfortunately we don’t have the budgets for you to look at, so you’re going to have to make your “will it” judgement based on the plays themselves, the casts, and your gut rather than the financials.  Think of it like an actual investment, and do as much research as you can.

Will you come out profitable?

(It would be super cool if we could see which shows end up being the MOST profitable, but unlike stock market and baseball scores, those statistics are pretty secret, whereas a show recouping is usually announced with the tact of Patti Lupone or Christian Bale when someone does something they don’t like.  And if it isn’t announced, I’ll find out – trust me.)

So pick the recoupers, and the person who picks the most wins the iPhone (there’s a tie-breaker question on the survey as well).

This is gonna be a longer contest, with a tentative end date of 9/1/09, but I’ll give updates as we go as shows open and go.

The game is open for 7 days!


Some more rules:

– All entrants must be email subscribers to the blog so I can validate your entry.  If you are not an email subscriber, please subscribe by putting your email in the box to the left of this entry.  And the email you subscribe with, must match the email you enter in the survey.
– One entry per reader
– Recoupment must occur during the Broadway run to count as a recouped show.

Photos of the Social-ists.

Thanks to everyone who came to our first Social on Friday and special congrats to all the winners, including Kevin, who walked away with the iPhone!

Hope you all had fun, and for those of you who didn’t make it . . . we’ll see you at the next one.

Click here for the photos!  (And special thanks to Mo and Jer for shooting the photos)

Last call for the social! Door prizes announced: Win Broadway Tix and an Iphone!

Last chance to RSVP for the 1st Producer’s Perspective social!  There are just a few slots left so RSVP today!

And this just in . . . we’ve got door prizes!  Just for showing up, you could win an iPhone!

We’ve also got free tickets to shows like Mamma Mia, Avenue Q, 39 Steps, Spamalot, 13 as well as gift paks from Sh-K Boom Records (lots o’ CDs), merch from Marquee, 3 of my favorite books, dinner for 2 at the Vegan-friendly, Candle 79, and lots more.

So come, get a free drink, win something, and mix and mingle it up!  And don’t forget – you’ll get an offer to see any New World show that night for only $25 so stick around.

See you all on Friday!  And good luck!

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Only 1 day until . . .


Friday, December 12th @ 6:30 PM
The Time Out Lounge at New World Stages
340 West 50th St. (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Free Drink, Munchies and $25 tickets to the New World Show of Your Choice (subject to avail.)
RSVP by commenting (click and scroll to the bottom) with your Name and the 1st Show You Ever Saw

Any questions?  Email me.

Take II: And the winner of the Tony Pool and the iPhone is . . .


While grading your tests, two things happened:  1) I found our winners, and 2) I remembered why I never wanted to be a teacher.  And it wasn’t just because my high school English teacher told me that he got so stressed teaching that he used to think of students as he chopped wood after school . . . and he didn’t even have a fireplace.

Ok, enough of that awkward intro, here are the winners of the first annual Producer’s Perspective Tony Pool!

GRAND PRIZE:  The new (say it with me) iPhone!

Dial it up, MARYBETH IHLE, and get ready to switch to AT&T because you won!  And no tie breaker necessary!

1ST PRIZE:  $50 to eat at Angus, where after a few Blue Hawaiis, all the Tony losers will be giving the speeches they never got to give.

Angus changed up his menu recently (I’m starting a petition to bring back the sirloin steak salad), and ERICA RYAN will be eating for free soon enough (and signing my petition soon after).

2ND PRIZE:  2 Books off the PP recommended list and a 4 pack of Red Bull

Shotgun that Producer juice so you can stay up all night reading, LUCY YU, because your hot Tony pickin’ just slid you into the money.

Thanks to the rest of you for playing.  This was the first annual PPP, which means they’ll be one next year too, giving all of you who picked Xanadu to win another shot (Sorry, Cubby, that means you too).

And can you imagine what the iPhone will be like next year?

My portion of this blog is over.  Now, I’m turning it over to you.

I want to know what YOU thought about the Tonys!  Comment away below, just end your comment with a DidHeLikeIt-type thumbs up, down or mixed.

Because whether or not the actual ratings were up or down last night, it’s your ratings that I’m much more interested in.