Fun on a Friday: We Will Rock Q

As I’ve written about before, creating a viral video is one of the hardest things to do.  That’s one of the reasons they are called Viral . . . because not only do they spread fast, they usually aren’t intended for the response they get (e.g. I don’t think anyone shot this vid with the expectation that it would get 49 million views on YouTube).

Well, leave it to one of the most creative shows to come to town in years to come up with a vid with some serious viral potency.

You know what’s even cooler?  This heck of a vid comes 6 years into their NYC run.  It’s like they’ve tapped into a bottomless fountain of funny over there.

Full disclosure . . . my office GMs the show . . . but I would have written about this vid even if I were the President of the Puppets-Make-Me-Puke Association.

I hope your weekend is as much fun as the vid!

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!”

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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!

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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!

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10 Great gifts for the Producer in your life. [UPDATED]

We’ve updated this blog with the best Broadway gifts on the market in 2018. Enjoy!


Happy Black Friday!

People are in line and online today, looking for great holiday gift ideas for their family and friends.  But what do you get for that odd bird in your nest that is or wants to be a Producer?

Here is a list of 10 gift ideas for those folks with shows on the boards, or for the Producers-to-be out there.

And if you are a Producer, just email this list to your family and friends and tell them that it’s their civic responsibility to do their part in stimulating the economy . . . by buying you everything on it.

1. Be A Broadway Star Board Game

Yes, full disclaimer, this one is mine.  But it’s such a no-brainer gift for anyone who loves Broadway, it’s always top of my mind for Broadway gifts.  The game itself is like Life with a dash of charades . . . but Broadway style.  Win Tonys, Audition for Wicked, and the person with the most fans wins.  Fun, right?  There’s a reason it’s the best selling Broadway gift on Amazon every year.  But don’t take my word for it.  If you want some objective advice, go check out the 55 FIVE star reviews on Amazon.

2.  A Playbill Binder!

Playbills are probably the one thing on the planet that is given away free, yet is priceless to a Broadway fan (especially a NEW Broadway fan). Protect them in this binder that includes free sheet protectors!

3. A Broadway Puzzle of your favorite Broadway Stars!

If you’re like me, then holiday times at the parents’ house includes puzzles. So forget about the ones with windmills and skylines, how about one featuring Broadway stars!

4. Broadway Nail Decals

Need a stocking stuffer or a Broadway Secret Santa gift? This is it because it’ll come in under ANY budget.

5.  The Abominable Showman:  The Unauthorized David Merrick Biography

David Merrick is to Broadway shows as Henry Ford is to automobiles.  Read all about how Merrick became the powerhouse that he was.  This bio is like a training manual of both what to do and what not to do.

6. The Broadway Coloring Book

Created by my own Director of Marketing, Monica Hammond (I have such a multi-talented staff), The Broadway Coloring Book is available as an instant download PDF for you to print, color and enjoy right away or gift to friends! This 10-page coloring book features hand-drawn scenes from some classic Broadway shows, including Mamma MiaChicagoCabaretGypsy and more! Color the costumes and sets of Broadway as many times as you like! Download your copy now!

7.  Gift Cards

No list would be complete without suggesting you get tickets for the Broadway lover in your life. Unfortunately, we don’t make this easy on Broadway.  You can’t get gift cards for specific shows, but you can get Telecharge Gift Cards and Ticketmaster Gift Cards.

8. Anything from Broadway Cares

Give the gift that gives back when you get anything from BC/EFA.  From their Broadway snow globes to Broadway ornaments to a 1992 Jerry Mitchell Broadway Bares “solo strip” DVD (hubba, hubba) these gifts will make the giver and the getter feels good all over.

9. Once On This Island Cast Album

If you love Ahrens and Flaherty, if you love great musical theater period, you’ll love this Tony-award winning cast, and so will the theater lover in your life.

10.  The iPhone

No list of mine is ever complete without the iPhone.  Sure, AT&T sucks more than Moose Murders, but carrying music demos of shows in a killer web phone that has an app-game where you can produce We Will Rock You is something I’m telling Santa that I want.

Ken Davenport
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