Archive for 2011

Why You Should Go to TEDxBroadway

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As we round the corner into the new year, one of the things on my mind is the upcoming event, TEDxBroadway. Last summer, I co-conspired with Ken Davenport and Damian Bazadona to come up with a Broadway conference that would be fundamentally different from others that had come before it.  The first thought we had […]

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    8th Annual Thanksgiving Appeal

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    Eight years ago, we realized that since Thanksgiving week is kinda slow in the world of ticket sales, we could put the promotional power of Goldstar (what little we had then) to work to support our local homeless services organization, Union Station.  Goldstar members raised over $2000 that year, and we loved it so much […]

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      TEDxBroadway: What’s the Best Broadway Could be in 2032?

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      I haven’t had a chance to write about this yet, so today’s the day! I’m happy to announce TEDxBroadway and invite you to join us in New York City on January 23rd. Here’s the basic idea: 20 years ago–gasp–was 1992, and if you were to compare Broadway, its environs and the world around us today […]

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        Live Music Needs A Tuneup To Entice The Audiences Of Tomorrow

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        This post originally appeared on Fast Company. Everybody, it seems, has a concert story.  Whether it’s your mud-drenched weekend at Woodstock, camping out all night for Springsteen tickets, or being hypnotized by Skrillex’s beats, you’ve probably got a story too. The concert industry, though, has changed over the last 10 or 15 years because now […]

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          Something Happened Last Night…

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          Baseball’s boring. And there are so many games that they’re practically meaningless. It’s mostly guys dressed in pajamas standing in a field blowing bubbles with their gum, or worse yet, chewing some Red Man.  If you saw a group like this in your local park, you’d assume these were guys doing court ordered community service […]

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            Three Things To Do to Make a Daily Deal Work for You

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            Although my company (Goldstar) isn’t in the daily deal business, we live in an adjacent neighborhood.  It’s a less crowded place, and the neighbors aren’t as likely to be in foreclosure on their houses or  dodging collection phone calls. And because we only sell tickets to live entertainment, the block parties are a lot more […]

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              Return of the Great Pumpkin…wait, no

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              A couple years ago, I wrote about something I called the Great Performance Delusion right around this time of year because it reminded me of one of my most treasured TV childhood Halloween memories: the Great Pumpkin.  Enjoy: In the clip, Linus convinces Sally to wait with him in his pumpkin patch because once a […]

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                Godspell, Boot Camp and More

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                After a long week on the east coast, I thought I’d share a few thoughts about some goings-on. First, hey, go see Godspell on Broadway!  I had never seen the show, which shocked those in attendance with me, although the music was familiar.  It’s pretty much a rock (ish) mash-up of the Gospel of Matthew […]

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                  Congratulations to the First Community-Produced Broadway Musical!

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                  Today is the launch of my friend Ken Davenport’s  show Godspell on Broadway.  Ken is an innovator, gets a lot of things very right, and is always, always thinking about what’s next. Godspell is an interesting choice because the content is pretty conventional.  I’m sure it will be very well done (and I’ll see next […]

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                    I wonder how much I could buy the domain ‘qwikster.com’ for?

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                    Not that I’d really want it.  I’m just gob-stopped at the way Netflix has handled itself over the last couple of months. Netflix is a strong company with a clear sense of the future and a vision for how to get there.  I’m a fan, though not as much of the product itself as I […]

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