Feds Cite Slumping Broadway Sales but League Notes Growth – Facts Behind Stats What Do B.O. Stats Really Mean?

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th-94Determining what is happening on Broadway at any given time can be especially confusing. Snapshots are often offered as are summaries but there’s rarely a view that is panoramic, all-inclusive, or devised in a manner that provides an accurate idea about what is occurring over a length of time.

What we know about Broadway is that overall ticket prices continue to rise and that grosses also continue to rise. What do those two basic stats mean and what else do … (read more)

Bread and Circuses – Does This Describe the State of Broadway? Broadway is Not Devoid of Challenging Shows, but Glitz often Supplants All Else

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th-69Some of the greatest theatre in the world can be seen on the Broadway stage. Also, some of the worst theatre in the world can be seen on the Broadway stage. In addition, Broadway does not have a monopoly when it comes to quality theatre. You can find amazing theatrical experiences Off-Broadway, and across American in various regional, university, and summer theatres. Of course, that’s not to mention theatre in other countries where, often, theatrical experiences eclipse those on Broadway.… (read more)

The Arts and Education’s Powerful Potential Still Undervalued in US The Arts Can Prepare Students for the Future on Various Levels

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Is this the only way to learn something important or useful?

Is this the only way to learn something important or useful?

As schools, colleges, and universities begin the new academic year, it’s a good time to consider the arts and their connection to education. Last year one apparently well-intentioned administrator decided that the arts needed to take a backseat. This occurred when Interim Principal of the Harley Avenue Elementary School in Elmwood, which is located on Long Island, cancelled the annual kindergarten variety show. Why was it shutdown?

This was … (read more)

Bad Behavior by American Theatre Audiences is Nothing New US Theatregoers Cited as far Back as Late 18th to Mid-Nineteenth Century

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Hand to God recently had an incident with an audience member.

So many reviewers, columnists, and performers are bemoaning the recent bad behavior of Broadway audiences. It’s as if having people in the audience who distract other audience members, upstage the show, and act in ways that detract from the live stage performance are something new. These actions are not. Such behavior is actually normal in the American theatre. If, somehow, you manage to not have anyone act inappropriately, then … (read more)

Broadway Musical Hamilton – Not about the Future, about the Now in America Hamilton is Many Things and in Its Very Being, this Musical Says Everything about Who We Are Now

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hamilton543The new Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) musical Hamilton has garnered a lot of attention and praise. It almost immediately sold out its Off-Broadway run at the Public Theatre, was designated for transfer to Broadway just after it opened to five-star reviews, and now that it’s in previews on Broadway every celeb wants to be seen at what is considered to be a groundbreaking show.

Getting the obvious out of the way, this is a piece of musical … (read more)

Where Is Broadway Headed and Do We Need To Do Something About It? Art, Ticket Prices and the Next Generation

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BROADWAY 15Broadway is this amazing amalgam of shows, ticket prices, theatres, artists, producers, marketing and branding agents, and more. For the past 50 years or so there’s been a lot of concern as to where Broadway is going and what will happen to it. The fact is since the 1960s Broadway has fluctuated from periods of financial stability and growth to decline.

Whatever the case may be in the future, the fiscal, moral, artistic, and spiritual wellbeing of Broadway are all … (read more)

Tony Awards Tommy Tune Controversy and Other Broadcast Choices Raise Questions about Ceremony Are the Tonys about Recognizing Achievement in the Theatre or Advertising Broadway?

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The coveted awards.

The 2015 Tony Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS on June 7, are filled with controversy regarding which parts will be seen live and which will be only available via YouTube. At this point, Tommy Tune’s remarks regarding his Lifetime Achievement Award have been relegated to the Tony Awards YouTube channel. Creative awards, including those for Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, and others are given off air with … (read more)

The American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League: Dedicated to Different Goals? An Uneasy Coexistence in Co-Sponsoring the Tonys

The Wing champions American Theatre

 

The Wing champions American Theatre

The Wing champions American Theatre

The American Theatre Wing notes on its website, “In 2017, we will celebrate 100 years of service to the American Theatre. We have been tirelessly committed to championing and honoring American Theatre.” The Wing created and is responsible for the administration of the Tony Awards®. Each year in their effort to foster the American theatre, they present thousands of dollars in awards and grants and offer a wealth of educational programming. They are dedicated … (read more)

The Cost of Doing Business on Broadway Figuring How the Figures Work

An American in Paris has received numerous nominations this year.

An American in Paris on Broadway.

An American in Paris is Broadway at its best.

In 2011, the New York Times Arts Beat blog offered an article entitled “The Staggering Cost of Broadway.” In it, writer Patrick Healy referenced the revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, a three-character drama that had recently been produced in London and was transferring to Broadway. In interviewing London producer Sonia Friedman about the hit production, it became clear exactly how costly it is to produce a play on Broadway.… (read more)

Is the New Golden Age of American Theatre Beckoning? Redefining the Way Towards Greatness

Broadway was electric in its Golden Age.

Broadway was electric in its Golden Age.

Broadway was electric in its Golden Age.

The Golden Age of American Theatre is considered to have lasted about 40 years, depending upon how you define it. Starting sometime around 1915 and lasting until sometime in the late 1950s to early 1960s, it was a time that saw the Little Theatre Movement develop, the Harlem Renaissance bloom, Broadway houses multiply and then decline, and great works that defined the American theatre and made the rest of the world respect our … (read more)

On the Twentieth Century’s Peter Gallagher: 10 Fast Trivia Facts Find Out about his First Broadway Show and Much More!

Gallagher stars with Chenoweth in On the Twentieth Century.

Gallagher stars with Chenoweth in On the Twentieth Century.

Gallagher stars with Chenoweth in On the Twentieth Century.

Peter Gallagher is currently in previews with Kristin Chenoweth in the Roundabout’s production of On the Twentieth Century. Although most people came to know Gallagher through his movie roles, especially the hit film Sex, Lies, and Video Tape (1989), in which he starred with James Spader, Andie MacDowell, and Laura San Giacomo, Gallagher had already been in five Broadway shows before that movie was released and made him a star.

How … (read more)

Broadway Snark Robert Benchley & Abie's Irish Rose

Poster for Abie's Irish Rose

Poster for Abie's Irish Rose

Poster for Abie’s Irish Rose

Abie’s Irish Rose was a Broadway comedy by Anne Nichols.  It enjoyed a special combination of fame and notoriety that few shows manage to reach.  The show was about an Irish Catholic girl and a young Jewish man.   They get married over the objections of both of their families, with a lot of drama.

 It opened on May 23, 1922, and ran for 2327 performances, closing over five years later.     At the time, that was … (read more)