My New Year’s Resolution – what’s yours?

Let me be one of the first to wish you all a Happy New Year! I love New Year’s.  It’s my favorite holiday, and probably the favorite holiday of most entrepreneurs out there. It represents a new beginning, a chance to take stock of where you are, and make plans (aka resolutions) about where you want to go. I’m a big resolution setter.  I set a whole ton of ‘em for the shows and projects that I’m working on, as well as the shows and projects I want to be working on for the next year.  I throw some personal …

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Who is the Producer of the Year? WINNER ANNOUNCED!

We had a record number of votes in this year’s POTY contest, and it was a very, very tight race (reminded me of the Millie vs. Urinetown Tony battle royale in 2002). But the winner, with no recount necessary, is . . . none other than . . . Superhero Producer, Michael Cohl! Congratulations, Michael.  The readers have spoken (well, e-checked a box, actually), and your work in getting Spider-Man through the forest of bad buzz, across the finish line, and into the million dollar club has made you the Broadway Producer of the Year. Thanks to everyone that voted! Let …

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My Top 10 Broadway Moments from 2011

It’s that time of year . . . for Champagne Toasts, New Year’s Resolutions and Top 10 Lists!  So here’s mine! The following is a list of my top 10 Broadway Moments from the past drama-filled year (That’s the one constant about our constantly changing biz – great drama is both on and off the stage). Enjoy! 1.  The 6th Spider-Man Delay When Spidey delayed its opening for the 6th time to June 14th, it pushed itself out of the running for the Tony Award or even a nomination.  Poor Spider-Man, right?  Maybe not.  Last Spring was one of the …

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But Mom, Chicago has it! Why can’t we?

Yessiree, that sound you hear is me whining so hard you serve me with a glass of chablis and a side of brie. I know, I know, a whiner is not very flattering, but look at what one of my Chicago-born staffers found right off the Magnificent Mile in Chi-town!  When you see it, you’ll be whining too! Yep, that’s right, downtown Chicago has Ticketmaster ATMs (Automated Ticket Machines).  Aren’t they pretty?  Easy to use and easy to put in any location, these machines not only make purchasing tickets for theater easier, but their simple existence helps remind people that …

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Movies down. Broadway up.

I’ll admit it, sometimes I get a little jealous of our sister industry out there in La-La Land.  After all, it’s easy to think that Hollywood’s older but smaller brother known as Broadway has it a lot tougher in today’s economic and cultural market. But do we? According to the end of year figures released from Tinseltown, they’ve got trouble with a capital B that stands for Box Office. According to this NY Times article, Hollywood’s gross box office receipts are down $500 mil, or about 4.5%.  And attendance has dropped a gruesome 5.3%, which, combined with the 6% drop …

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