Archive for July, 2012

Clybourne Park

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I spent some time in New York earlier this week and saw a bunch of shows in just a couple days, along with a packed schedule of meetings.  Truly, a New Yorkish pace and feel to the trip! But the real highlight of trip was seeing Clybourne Park at the Walter Kerr theatre on Broadway. […]

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    The Problem with Yahoo…

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    If you were old enough to be using the web in the late 90’s, you’ve probably got a soft spot in your heart for Yahoo that the last, oh, ten years can’t justify.  I know I do.  Yahoo was a truly great internet property; the first and only real www-based portal, the place where you […]

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      Names Matter

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      I was driving out to the desert this weekend when my kids saw a billboard at the side of the freeway for an upcoming show in Palm Springs.  It was Engelbert Humperdinck.  This, they took as a joke.  Surely, no one could really be named Engelbert Humperdinck, and if they were, why in the name […]

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        What Does a Ticket Really Get You?

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        People buy tickets.  The names of many organizations in live entertainment reflect this, like Ticketmaster and Stubhub. But I’ve always believed that the ticket is the last thing we should be talking about, and the last thing buyers care about.  Let’s start with that: nobody places value on the piece of paper you’re given (sometimes) […]

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          Why Do People Go to Live Events in the First Place?

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          Last week, I talked about the NFL’s small problem with attendance.  It’s a real issue, more for the potential future ramifications than today, but let’s keep it in context.  This is a problem that, in other leagues, would go by a different name.  For example “fantastic, runaway success.”  Heck, there are more teams at 100% […]

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            “The PC is a Truck”

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            Steve Jobs has posthumously influenced my thinking on something in a way that I think may have a similar impact on many of you. Two years ago, Jobs was being interviewed at the All Things D conference and was asked about the future of the PC.  (Here, by the way, we’re not talking about the […]

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              Warhorse

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              I saw Warhorse at its premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles last Friday.  Obviously, it’s not a new show because it’s been in London and New York for a long time, and is also playing now in Toronto, but it’s still a remarkable production that is well worth talking about. Warhorse is, whatever […]

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                Some Problems, Free Wi-Fi Can’t Solve

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                If you’re a regular Live 2.0 reader, you’ve probably heard me characterize the NFL as the greatest live entertainment property in the world with a lot to teach the rest of the industry.  On the other hand, I’ve been early in pointing out some issues that I think have the potential to damage, perhaps critically, […]

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