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Friday July 25, 2014

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#Sandy Shuts NY Media Industry

#Sandy Shuts NY Media Industry

Frankenstorm scared NY into canceling major entertainment events. After the city announced a public transit shutdown and evacuation of low lying areas, Broadway and Off-Broadway went dark. Outdoor shooting permits were canceled until further notice. TV stations went into disaster protocol, with only [Full Story…]

Broadway Takes a Cue from Opera’s Live HD Broadcasts

Broadway Takes a Cue from Opera's Live HD Broadcasts

Using the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcasts as a model, a new company, Broadway Near You, plans to produce three to five theater broadcasts this year. Brooklyn-based BY Experience is also creating on three U.S. theater productions. The company distributes broadcasts for the Met and the National [Full Story…]

NY Theaters Riddled With Bad Cellphone Behavior

NY Theaters Riddled With Bad Cellphone Behavior

According to the New York Post, cellphones are the scourge of Broadway. At a recent performance of Freud’s Last Session, an audience member in the front row was texting. Actor Martin Rayner, who plays the Sigmund Freud, turned to the woman and said, “Stop texting!” and carried on. The woman was [Full Story…]

Talking About Broadway’s Future at TEDxBroadway Tomorrow

Talking About Broadway's Future at TEDxBroadway Tomorrow

Starting tomorrow, Broadway industry folks will be meeting off-Broadway to participate in the latest installment of TEDxBroadway, a Great White Way focused conference from the famed Technology, Entertainment and Design series.  According to the New York Post, the main focus of the conference will be [Full Story…]

NYTimes.com Expands Online Theater Section

NYTimes.com Expands Online Theater Section

Amid expansion in the number of digital products accessible to the New York theater crowd, The New York Times has made significant changes to its online theater section, according to Adweek. The updates are part of other changes to the paper’s online arts coverage, including the Arts & [Full Story…]

Broadway Hopefuls Using Online Audition Tapes to Attract Casting Directors

Broadway Hopefuls Using Online Audition Tapes to Attract Casting Directors

Actors with dreams of performing on the Broadway stage can now get their chance from all over the world, as more casting directors are accepting audition tapes via YouTube, Skype and other video platforms.  Though formal online casting calls are still rare and a breakout star has yet to be [Full Story…]

Teachout Tells Taymor to Stop Blaming Social Media for Spider-Man Musical

Teachout Tells Taymor to Stop Blaming Social Media for Spider-Man Musical

In a recent editorial in The Wall Street Journal, theater critic (and avid Twitter user) Terry Teachout takes aim at the recent comments made by director Julie Taymor, who said that her recent firing from the troubled Broadway musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" was a result of negative [Full Story…]

Broadway Likes Social Media, But Relies on Cold Calls to Sell Seats

Broadway Likes Social Media, But Relies on Cold Calls to Sell Seats

Broadway's presence on social media outlets, like Twitter and Facebook, might get people talking about various plays and musicals, but it isn't enough to sell seats.  According to The New York Times, most of the shows' income continues to come from group ticket agencies, which employ cold calls over [Full Story…]

Cultural Leaders Discuss “The Facebook Generation,” Not Facebook

Cultural Leaders Discuss "The Facebook Generation," Not Facebook

In an article called "Cultural Leaders Friend Facebook Generation" what was left out was the Facebook part.  The Crain's New York Business article, which reported on a Crain's Breakfast Forum panel discussion that took place last week, talked about the New York City Ballet's plan to attract younger [Full Story…]

Producer to “Crowd-fund” Broadway Revival of Godspell

Producer to "Crowd-fund" Broadway Revival of Godspell

Ken Davenport, a Broadway producer who has a theater blog, is planning the first "crowd-funded" Broadway show, expecting to find his backers through an online campaign. Investors will be able to back his new production of Godspell for $1000 each.At a website called PeopleOfGodspell.com, [Full Story…]

Broadway Discovers Foursquare

Broadway Discovers Foursquare

Foursquare is partnering with Broadway marketing agency Situation Interactive to bring its popular mobile location app to a variety of shows on Broadway.  According to an article in Variety, shows such as "The Addams Family," "Next to Normal," "Billy Elliot," and [Full Story…]

NYC Theater Producer Develops TKTS iPhone App

NYC Theater Producer Develops TKTS iPhone App

Broadway/Off Broadway theatrical producer Ken Davenport introduced late last week a new iPhone app that his company, Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, has now made available for 99 cents.  According to an article in ArtsBeat, the app, called At The Booth, "lists all the Broadway and [Full Story…]

Mobile Apps Invade Broadway

Mobile Apps Invade Broadway

As more theatre producers, marketers and industry companies continue to embrace technology, one area that will continue to see more action is mobile apps, according to an article in Variety. An example are two new mobile apps for the iPhone that were recently announced for fans of the "Great [Full Story…]

Broadway’s Musicals Explore New Video Technology

Broadway's Musicals Explore New Video Technology

As the shows from the recent Broadway season have been exploring new ideas in performance and theatrics, they have also been investing in new multimedia and  video technology like never before.  According to an article in Reuters, musicals such as  "Sondheim on Sondheim" [Full Story…]

“Hair” Brings its Dance Party to the Web

"Hair" Brings its Dance Party to the Web

Recently, the Broadway production of the musical "Hair" starting using a HD video camera to film the dance parties that take place at the end of each performance. These parties are where cast members bring people from the audience up on stage to party with them during the show's finale [Full Story…]