houston

Houston, we have a distribution problem.

Broadway is in the heart of Times Square in New York City . . . and nowhere else. And, no matter how much I want to get a petition going to move it to sunny southern California, it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere soon. Broadway isn’t like Tide detergent, available in every grocery store …

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Magic 8 Ball

8 shows a what?

Does anyone know where the 8 show a week model came from? Is it arbitrary?  Is it based on The Beatles song?  Was there any business analysis done on the actual demand for theatrical performances at the time? My gut says that someone just picked it.  It somehow made sense at that moment, which was probably at least 50 years …

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Doctor

Is there a Doctor in the theater?

From the American Heritage Dictionary: re-vive v. tr. 1.  To bring back to life or consciousness; resuscitate. For example, “The Doctors revived the comatose man.” So that means if you’re reviving something, you have to consider that man, woman or musical . . . dead. And bringing someone, something or some show back from the dead takes an awful …

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Untitled

My favorite food is Stake.

During last night’s performance of my favorite improv troupe,  The Nuclear Family  (they improvise a complete musical at each performance and they’ve never failed to have me doubled over in laughter), one of the cast members reminded me of one of the most important elements of all forms of entertainment. In the middle of a scene, the actor noticed that …

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stars

Starry, Starry Night!

Below is a list of the longest running shows in Broadway history: 1.  The Phantom of the Opera 2.  Cats 3.  Les Miserables 4.  A Chorus Line 5.  Oh! Calcutta! 6.  Beauty and the Beast 7.  Rent 8.  Chicago 9.  Miss Saigon 10.  The Lion King What do 9 of these 10 shows have in common? Not one of …

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