Robert Diamond

The 2001 Syracuse University graduate (School of Information Studies) is also the owner of Wisdom Digital Media, an award-winning leading design company for entertainment and technology web sites. In his previous life, he held an executive position for the world's leading publisher of technology magazines, web sites and conferences and, as a result, was named among the "Top thirty magazine industry executives under the age of 30" by FOLIO Magazine.

Robert Diamond founded BroadwayWorld.com in 2003, which has now become the largest theatre web site in the world. He also serves as the site's Editor-in-Chief, covering Broadway and beyond, with specific local coverage for 100 cities in the United States, 35 countries worldwide and 15 other related areas of entertainment - including dance, opera, fashion, concerts, comedy, films, television and more. In May of 2014, the site was awarded a 2014 Award for Excellence in Theatre Arts Education by the prestigious Theatre Museum.

Diamond got his start in the entertainment field, accidentally, when he created the 'official web site' (while in college) for Michael Crawford, the popular actor and original Tony and Olivier Award-winning star of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. (He still blames Crawford - and credits him - for anything that goes particularly right or wrong during an average day.)

As a respected member of the Broadway and theatre community, Diamond also served as Lead Producer for a series of sold-out shows using the BroadwayWorld.com 'brand' for a set of 'Standing Ovations' concerts, which also branched out into titles that included Holiday Shows and even more specific concerts like 'From Stage to Screen and Back Again' in tandem with publishers and movie studios. All proceeds were in turn donated to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, the industry's leader in aid for performers in need.

Robert lives in Manhattan with his wife and two dogs, growing the business and getting little sleep. In addition, you can usually find him in a theatre many nights a week. Robert's very popular blog, 'The Broadway Pulse' appears daily on BroadwayWorld.com and he also wrote weekly about theatre for the USA Network's Character Approved blog.

In December of 2011, Diamond was one of 5 Syracuse University Alumni, all having achieved success in the world of start-ups, business growth and venture capital, participating on a panel addressing young alumni who are currently pursuing their dreams of running their own business and experiencing the day to day challenges of a startup. It is part of the university's new Student Accelerator Program, for which Rob was recommended by Syracuse University's i-School.

In late 2012, Wisdom Digital Media announced the official spinoff and launch of 10 new entertainment web sites including BWWMoviesWorld.com, BWWTVWorld.com, BWWFashionWorld.com, BWWBooksWorld.com, BWWMusicWorld.com, BWWArtWorld.com, BWWComedyWorld.com, BWWDanceWorld.com, BWWClassicalWorld.com and BWWOperaWorld.com.

In January of 2013, BWWGeeksWorld.com, devoted to home entertainment, mobile technologies and social media launched as well, followed by BWWFitnessWorld.com and BWWTravelWorld.com in April of 2013. In July of 2013, BWWHub.com launched as a portal to the complete family of entertainment and lifestyle offerings.

In 2014, BroadwayWorld.com returned to the concert stage, with a series of benefit concerts featuring Broadway's brightest stars. A new partnership with Rock-it Science Records will record and release these special evenings, with proceeds benefiting various charities.
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2014 Tony Awards Rehearsal - Editor-in-Chief Robert Diamond's LIVE Blog!2014 Tony Awards Rehearsal - Editor-in-Chief Robert Diamond's LIVE Blog!
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Welcome to the New BroadwayWorld.com!Welcome to the New BroadwayWorld.com!
Posted: Sep. 6, 2013


2014 Tony Awards Rehearsal - Editor-in-Chief Robert Diamond's LIVE Blog!2014 Tony Awards Rehearsal - Editor-in-Chief Robert Diamond's LIVE Blog!
June 8, 2014

It's Tony Sunday! The greatest day of the year has finally arrived. If you're like me (and if you're reading this, you are) - you're up early, and following BroadwayWorld.com for what's going to be a FULL day of fun, excitement and TONYS TONYS TONYS!
Welcome to the New BroadwayWorld.com!Welcome to the New BroadwayWorld.com!
September 6, 2013

As we're gearing up for a slew of celebrations for the site's 10th Anniversary (watch this space for some more VERY exciting news), earlier this year decided that it was time for a long-needed makeover to the design.
2013 Tony Awards Rehearsal - LIVE Blog from Radio City Music Hall!2013 Tony Awards Rehearsal - LIVE Blog from Radio City Music Hall!
June 9, 2013

The big day is here! Follow our LIVE coverage starting from Tony Rehearsals starting at approximately 10am. Want to know who's performing what? What order to expect the awards in and other tidbits? Spoil yourself!
BWW Review & Photo Coverage: Kristin Chenoweth Hits a BULLSEYE for AMERICAN SONGBOOK SeriesBWW Review & Photo Coverage: Kristin Chenoweth Hits a BULLSEYE for AMERICAN SONGBOOK Series
February 17, 2013

Forget 'defying gravity' Kristin Chenoweth defies everything, including the laws of nature, in a brand new show conceived specially for Lincoln Center Presents THE AMERICAN SONGBOOK.
BWW Interviews: SpotCo's Sara Fitzpatrick Chats About Broadway Online in 2012BWW Interviews: SpotCo's Sara Fitzpatrick Chats About Broadway Online in 2012
March 22, 2012

Sara Fitzpatrick is the Director of Interactive for SpotCo, a leading full-service entertainment advertising and branding agency, working with Broadway and film productions to oversee the development and strategy of their interactive operations. We last spoke to her about the 'State of Broadway on the Web' back in 2010 so with two years having gone quickly by -- it seemed the perfect time to check back in for her latest take. We last spoke back in early 2010, what have been the biggest changes in the online theatre world since then?
Special Report: MEMPHIS 2nd Year Anniversary - Still Wows! Special Report: MEMPHIS 2nd Year Anniversary - Still Wows!
October 20, 2011

So, with stomachs happily full, we headed over to the Shubert Theater on a rainy night. The mood in the lobby and the audience though was fantastically upbeat for this beloved show. I'm happy to report that MEMPHIS, which I originally saw in previews, is in great shape, with performances, choreography, scenic elements, lighting and costumes in as sharp of shape as any show on Broadway could ever hope to be. Interestingly enough, the US national touring production of MEMPHIS opened October 16th at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, TN. For more information on the Broadway and Tour productions, visit www.MemphisTheMusical.com. (Click here to check out the cast visiting Elvis Presley's house at Graceland).
Just One Week Left to Catch the 'Must-See' ARIAS WITH A TWIST!Just One Week Left to Catch the 'Must-See' ARIAS WITH A TWIST!
October 9, 2011

It takes a lot to get me to below 42nd Street, but this weekend, the treck down to the Abrons Arts Center was worth it - and then some! Our evening began with one of the best New York city meals that I've ever had, at the uber-hip Beauty & Essex on the Lower East Side with amazing sharing plates of delicious food prepared by chef Chris Santos (also of the equally wonderful Stanton Social restaurant). The cocktails weren't bad either. After being extremely well fed, with spot-on service and unexpected glamour we made our way on over to the Abrons Arts Center, just a few blocks away, for a night to remember.
PHANTOM's 25th in London JournalPHANTOM's 25th in London Journal
October 4, 2011

It was March 12, 1994 when a young, 15 year-old Rob Diamond saw THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Broadway for the first time, and came home on 'cloud nine', my life forever changed. I still remember vividly falling asleep that night listening to and discovering Michael Crawford, Sarah Brightman, Steve Barton and more on the show's original cast recording. I did this listening to a cassette tape that my parents had (which I had of course never before listened to), on my Walkman.
Broadway Pulse: TWO SPIDER-MAN Musicals... Which Will Open First?Broadway Pulse: TWO SPIDER-MAN Musicals... Which Will Open First?
February 22, 2011

Veteran humorist and playwright, Justin Moran, launches 'Spiderman Smackdown', a guerilla theatre project to write, rehearse, and perform a fully realized musical based on the character Spiderman in under 30 days with a budget of $0. Set to open one day before the $65 Million Broadway musical 'Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark', Moran's musical will be the first Spiderman Musical to officially open in New York City.
Broadway Pulse: NY Times Says 'We'll Wait, But Not Forever' to Review SPIDER-MANBroadway Pulse: NY Times Says 'We'll Wait, But Not Forever' to Review SPIDER-MAN
December 27, 2010

Update: The New York Times has now weighed in on the early reviews of SPIDER-MAN, in which they spoke to Manuela Hoelterhoff, the Executive Editor of Bloomberg News about their decision to review the show early. 'I worried that by the time the show opened,' Ms. Hoelterhoff wrote, 'I might be in a rest home with Jeremy. You know, in India, they teach elephants to fly in less time, while painting pictures and humming a capella.' Jonathan Landman, the Culture Editor of the Times weighs in as well saying that 'It's easy to see why they did it and completely understandable and I admit that we've been tempted. After all, these guys are raking in the cash, charging some people more than $200 a ticket. Still, it's clear that the producers really are making significant changes and a review that's out of date when the show opens isn't all that useful. So we'll wait, but not forever.'
Broadway Pulse: First Newsday, Now Bloomberg Reviews SPIDER-MANBroadway Pulse: First Newsday, Now Bloomberg Reviews SPIDER-MAN
December 26, 2010

Well, last night Newsday, which normally hides Linda Winer's reviews behind a pay-wall, but made an exception for the sure traffic grabbing piece, published their critics take on SPIDER-MAN, in which she didn't so much express many of her own opinions, as she did talk to audience members. As to why she was not respecting the status quo of waiting for the show to be frozen and to invite critics, as is normal, she cited both the full-price cost of tickets being sold during previews, the multiple delays to opening night and the press attention.
Broadway Pulse: Newsday Critic Sees SPIDER-MANBroadway Pulse: Newsday Critic Sees SPIDER-MAN
December 25, 2010

Here's a story I wasn't expecting to see, but as Newsday critic Linda Winer writes 'After four premiere push-backs (now to Feb. 7), four high-profile injuries, 19 previews at full price ($75-$150, almost double through brokers), and public investigations by state and federal safety agencies, it seems that critics are now the only interested parties who can't see the bride before the wedding.'
SPIDER-MAN First Preview Morning Reading RoundupSPIDER-MAN First Preview Morning Reading Roundup
November 29, 2010

All anyone in the theatre world is talking about so far this morning is last night's first preview of the highly anticipated SPIDER-MAN: Turn Off the Dark. I was there and it was certainly a night to remember. Message boards and Twitter were abuzz throughout the show, as audiences sat through 4 technical stops in Act 1, and 1 in Act 2 as well as an elongated intermission (and one heckler), but the show as performed from beginning to end.
BWW Exclusive Q&A: Michael Crawford Talks Return to the StageBWW Exclusive Q&A: Michael Crawford Talks Return to the Stage
September 24, 2010

Juggling both film and stage careers, Michael Crawford had established himself as one of theatre's finest leading men long before he opened as 'the Phantom' in Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, beginning one of the most widely acclaimed and memorable performances in theatre history. Few stars are as widely connected to a single role as Crawford is to 'the Phantom.' His Los Angeles and Broadway performances earned an astonishing catalogue of critical recognition including the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award and Drama Critics Award. Since leaving PHANTOM after nearly four years in the role in London, New York and Los Angeles; Crawford has become a multi-platinum recording artist and one of the world's most sought after concert and stage performers, playing to sold-out venues around the globe. In addition to his recent concert work, stage credits in London and on Broadway include Billy, Flowers for Algernon, Black Comedy, Dance of the Vampires, The Woman in White, and Barnum. It was announced late last night that he will make his eagerly awaited return to the stage alongside Danielle Hope, winner of the BBC's smash hit Over The Rainbow, when the show opens at the LONDON PALLADIUM next year. We checked in with the star to get the first scoop!
2010 Tony Rehearsals LIVE Blog!2010 Tony Rehearsals LIVE Blog!
June 13, 2010

BroadwayWorld.com's Editor-in-Chief, Robert Diamond is live blogging from the 2010 Tony Award Rehearsals at Radio City Music Hall! Refresh for updates!
BWW Interviews: SpotCo's Sara Fitzpatrick Chats About Broadway on the WebBWW Interviews: SpotCo's Sara Fitzpatrick Chats About Broadway on the Web
March 9, 2010

Sara Fitzpatrick currently serves as the Director of Interactive for SpotCo, a leading full-service entertainment advertising and branding agency, working with Broadway and film productions to oversee the development and strategy of interactive operations. Her focus includes search engine marketing and optimization, media buying, viral marketing and website user functionality. We checked in with Sara to get the scoop on the current state of official Broadway sites on the web.
BWW's 4th What's The Most Romantic Broadway Love Song Ever? 2009 Adds From Mathis to Menzel to Perez to PrinceBWW's 4th What's The Most Romantic Broadway Love Song Ever? 2009 Adds From Mathis to Menzel to Perez to Prince
February 13, 2009

This year's new entries include Johnny Mathis, Perez Hilton, The New York Times' Ben Brantley, Idina Menzel, Eden Espinosa, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Betty Buckley, Carol Channing, Cynthia Nixon, Phyllis Diller, Florence Henderson, Marsha Mason, Laura Osnes, John Schneider, Adam Shankman, Frank Wildhorn, Jonathan Tunick, Paul Gemignani.
Broadway's Barometer - What Can We Expect for the 1st Quarter of 2009?Broadway's Barometer - What Can We Expect for the 1st Quarter of 2009?
December 29, 2008

This year will be of particular interest due to the economic situation, which makes the phrase 'more for your hard earned dollar' even harder...
FRIDAY FLASHBACK FEATURE: An Interview with Michael CrawfordFRIDAY FLASHBACK FEATURE: An Interview with Michael Crawford
October 31, 2008

With today being Halloween, we thought it was a perfect time to re-run one of our most popular interviews EVER, a very special chat with the original 'man behind the mask' of the Phantom of the Opera, Michael Crawford.
An Interview with Idina MenzelAn Interview with Idina Menzel
February 26, 2008

The release of 'I Stand,' the long-awaited and highly anticipated Warner Bros. Records debut of Idina Menzel, took place back on January 29th and hit the Billboard charts at #58, the star's first solo album to do so.


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