hands

Why I was wrong.

Ok, I was wrong about the strike.  I admit it.  Now the fun part is trying to understand why. I didn’t think there would be a Broadway stagehands strike because of the history of the two organizations at the crux of this confrontation. What I failed to take into account is how the makeup of those organizations, especially The Broadway League, has changed …

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Untitled

I love turkey!

  Q: What’s better than celebrating Thanksgiving with a big, juicy, turkey?    A:  Celebrating with three of them! Here are my favorites: The Capeman: Proof that just because one of the world’s best songwriters and a Nobel Prize winner for literature get together, doesn’t mean they’ll make a great musical.  (It did have some great tunes, and despite the fact that the CD was recorded (and features Marc …

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Cirque

It’s hard for me to enjoy theater.

The problem is that when you work in an industry and then you’re asked to sit back and give yourself over to a product from that same industry, it’s hard to stop your mind from spinning and wondering, “how much did that cost” or “why did they cast that actress” or “what did they do in …

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Different is nice, but it sure isn’t pretty . . .

Musical Theater and Straight Plays are different. I’m not just talking about the fact that one has chorus girls and sequins and higher price tickets. There is an inherent difference in the expectations of the audiences that creators of musicals need to recognize. Need an example? At the end of Romeo & Juliet, what happens?  They both die.  Tragedy. Sadness.  …

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branding

Ouch! I’ve been branded!

I just returned from speaking at the Word of Mouth Marketing Association conference in Las Vegas.  My panel was on branding.  There I was, seated next to some giant Brands like Southwest Airlines and Doubletree Hotels (I have to say I did love hearing my shows and Southwest Airlines mentioned in the same sentence.  I made a joke that our …

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