The Skivvies and Tony winner Laura Benanti have joined the good fight against cell phone usage in the theatre with a new song, aptly titled 'Look Up.' Written by Benanti, the number "provides musical advice to audience members tempted to use mobile devices during a performance."
The trio's response to the ever-growing problem comes just a week after Benanti's one-time GYPSY co-star, Patti LuPone, snatched a phone from a texter in the audience during a performance of SHOWS FOR DAYS - which came just a few days after the HAND TO GOD rogue attempted to charge his cell phone on stage.
First the kooky incident went viral of an audience member at HAND TO GOD attempting to charge their cell phone on the stage. Then of course, we got video - because everything gets filmed for YouTube these days, including filming things that aren't supposed to happen when you're also not supposed to be filming them.
I think we're up to part four of the continuing fascinating discussion between Deadline.com's Jeremy Gerard, and Jujamcyn head Jordan Roth where no subject is off limits. Today, they cover the 'third rail' of theatre, ticket pricing and what exactly DOES dynamic pricing mean on both the high and low end of the market. (Spoiler alert, we're still mostly confused).
I love a good smarty-pants interview of great questions and equally great answers that delve into the 'business of show business' and as I catch up on reading today, I've got a link for you. Jeremy Gerard talks to Jordan Roth about the Tony Awards, for-profit vs. not-for-profit theatre, the challenges that even Hal Prince faces these days and more in a wide-ranging piece, here.
Bonus - A big BroadwayWorld.com welcome back to Ken Fallin, who was the site's FIRST artist way back when and if anyone is a heir to the Hirschfeld throne, it's him. He rejoined the site this week, with a great first new piece featuring Patti LuPone and Michael Urie... Check that out, here.
It's only Monday and already I think we have our top story of the week, with the unsurprising news that after a wildly sold out Actors Fund benefit of BOMBSHELL the show is now officially headed towards the stage. (And here I thought everyone would be over-tired like me from Broadway Bares last night).
No word yet on a director, or book writer but one can imagine that both are lining up. We've got all the news right here and it's well-timed as we've got a VERY exciting (and exclusive) two part piece coming later this week with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Stay tuned!
Does a star with a large number of followers help them in selling tickets to see them on Broadway? Maybe not so much writes Cara Joy David today in a must-read blog entry over at the Huffington Post.
She must be in the same meetings that I often am, since the question does come up all the time. In this case, she looks at Vanessa Hudgens in GIGI (5.32 million followers on Twitter, and 14.6 million likes on Facebook) and Darren Criss in HEDWIG (1.84 million followers on Twitter and 1.1 million likes on Facebook) and compares their social presence to their box office draw on Broadway.
GIGI plays its final performance this weekend (June 21 on Broadway) and stuggled to find an audience (grosses here) and you can see how Darren's doing in HEDWIG sales wise here.
As I often say when asked in these meetings -- it's 2015, everything helps, but there's no magic single solution. Check out Cara's full blog, here.