Play my 2011 Tony pool! You can win an iPad!

Mmmmmm, Tony Award.

Mmmmmm, iPad.

Put ’em together and you get . . . my 2011 Tony Award Pool!

Yep, every year we let you be the Tony Voter.  Who do you think is going to win?

Pick the winners and you could be walking around with a brand spankin’ new iPad Deux.

Now, this might all seem like fun & games (and it is) but picking Tony Winners is a big part of what Producers do.  If you’ve got a good eye, you could be beating the Broadway game for reals, yo.

So let’s see what you’ve got!

To play, click the link below and pick away!

PLAY KEN’S 2011 TONY POOL!

Some rules and regs:

– Only one entry per reader.  Multiple entries will disqualify all of your entries.

– To play, you must be an email subscriber to the blog.  If you are not an email subscriber, use the box on the upper left corner of this page to subscribe now.  If you are already an email subscriber, you do not have to resubscribe.

– Make sure you fill out ALL of the information on the “Verification Page” of your entry.  Incomplete entries (and there were a few last year) cannot be counted.  And that’s a major bummer.

– When asked for your email on the “Verification Page”, make sure you enter the same email that you use to subscribe to the blog. It’s how we verify who you are.

Got it?  Good!

So PLAY TODAY and you can win an iPad!

Click here to enter.  Hurry voting closes on Tony Sunday June 9, 2011 at 11:59 PM!

Broadway Grosses End of Q3 Results: Could the cold winter be ending?

And by cold winter, I mean the cold economic winter of the last several years . . . not this cold, snowy thing that NYC seems to be stuck in this year.

Yep, the end of Quarter 3 of the Broadway season is upon us, and, well, to quote a Gershwin tune . . . things are looking up!

At the end of Q2 last November, gross was up 1.1% and attendance was up 1.8% over the prior season.

At the end of Q3, our gross is up a whopping 2.3% over the previous year (thank you holiday season and Spider-Man), and attendance stayed put with a solid 1.8% increase.

We still have a lot of shows out there, with 6.7% more playing weeks this year than last, which means that some of the smaller shows with less reach may be struggling since the grosses certainly aren’t up that much . . . but overall we’re headed in the right direction as we usher in our bountiful Spring!

We’ve got a lot of big budget musicals that are about to be born . . . and those musicals should bring dollars and bodies.  So expect the gross increase to stay above the 2% mark in Q4 and expect the attendance to break the 2% barrier for the first time in a loooong time.

And can you believe it?  We’re entering the final 13 weeks our season.  Already!  It’ll be Tony Award time before you know it!  (Staffers – we better start working on our party!)

But just like the final few months of an election, this is where the fun begins.

The 2010 Broadway Producer of the Year is . . .

Drumroll please . . .

YOUR votes have been counted and you have selected your 2010 Broadway Producers of the Year. . .

Randy Adams and Sue Frost, the producers of Memphis!

Big congrats go out to Randy and Sue, for winning the Tony for Memphis and for winning all the hearts of you readers.

The story of how they produced a Tony Award-winning original musical (not from a movie, poem or Hallmark card) with no stars is a great one . . . and if you want to hear more of it, watch the video below.

Congrats again, Randy and Sue!

Who are Broadway’s 50 Most Powerful People?

BroadwaySpace.com ran it’s 2nd most popular feature of the year yesterday:  Broadway’s 50 Most Powerful People!

The idea for this list came from the old theater rag TheaterWeekly, which then became InTheatre, which then became . . . ahhh . . . extinct.

But boy, how I loved to read the list every year and dream about one day being on it.

I’m still dreaming, but at least I sponsor the site that comes up with the new list!

And a big, BIG disclaimer, especially to all of you out there who sent me hate e-mail last year because you weren’t on the list (and you know who you are, you Tony Award-winning Old Guard Producer, you).  When I authorized the creation of this list, I made it a point to excuse myself from the process of who ends up where.  In fact, I disagreed with some of the choices this year, but what can you do.

Enjoy the list and comment away!

BroadwaySpace.com’s 50 Most Powerful People

Oh, and by the way, the MOST popular feature of the year on BroadwaySpace.com is The Hottest Guy & Girl on Broadway.

And yes, BroadwaySpace is the US Weekly of Broadway, and we love it.  Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at book clubs, we know you do too. 🙂

10 Questions for a Broadway Pro. Volume 3: A Tony Award-Winning Designer

David Gallo is one of the hippest guys around, and he’s one of the most in-demand designers in town, thanks to his terrific work on a ton of shows, from Drowsy Chaperone (Tony, Tony, Tony) to Xanadu to Memphis to Thoroughly Modern Millie (where I first worked with him).

In addition to his theatrical work in town, David does a lot of stuff all over the country and all over the world, proving that great theater doesn’t have anything to do with a street address . . . it’s about the people involved.

Enjoy these 10 Questions with David Gallo!

 

1. What is your title?

Designer

2. What show/shows are you currently working on?

Right now I am in Vienna doing a new company of the show Ich war noch niemals in New York.  It is a large-scale musical based on the work of the renowned pop star Udo Jurgens.  The show originally opened to acclaim in Hamburg and the producers have decided to extend that success to the rest of the continent.

I am also thrilled to be working on some new plays such as Stickfly by the remarkable young playwright Lydia Diamond.  We produced it at the Arena Stage in DC and the next venue will be at the Huntington Theater in Boston.  It was a great return to work with my old friend Kenny Leon as director.

Added to that I recently spent time with my favorite regional theater: the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where I was thrilled to be a part of the theatrical debut of the bestselling author Walter Mosley.  His play The Fall of Heaven is something special and the work of director Marion McClinton is worth noting as well.

3. In one sentence, describe your job.

Claw your way into the mind of the playwright and director and give them what they desire (whether they like it or not).

4. What skills are necessary for a person in your position?

Be available to all sources.  Know inspiration is everywhere  What works…works.

5. What kind of training did you go through to get to your position?

Years of working on Theatre Row.  The theaters on West 42nd Street were my finishing school.  I was pleased to spend time working for many of the companies that produced there.

6. What was your first job in theater?

I made masks for a production of Pippin.  That was a great start.

7. Why do you think theater is important?

It just is…and it will always be.

Theater is the most basic form of human interaction.  We desire to see ourselves.  On stage and in the living moment.

8. What is your profession’s greatest challenge today?

Keeping things real.  Lots of media have been elbowing itself into the basic nature of true design but who can argue that what is seen before the audience is what really matters.

9. If you could change just one thing about the industry with the wave of a magic wand, what would it be?

I wish we had more time.

10. What advice would you give to someone who wanted to do what you do?

Read, watch, learn, experience.  Ask others that have gone before you.  The future is yours.  Don’t concern yourself with pointless issues.
For more on David, including a look at some of his stuff, visit his website at www.DavidGallo.com.

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