We're holding the official announcement for another couple of days, when we'll have version 1.1 available via the App Store that's twice as fast as 1.0 and includes personalized news (you'll get an auto-update if you download this version), BUT I'm excited to share that our brand new iPhone and iPad App is now available here.
We were the first Broadway app back in 2009, and the world has come a long way since then -- now, our app has too!
Featuring all of our news, content, videos, show listings, message board, special offers, BWW's radio, search, regional news and lots more - check it out right here. It's 100x more functional than the old app, has all sorts of nifty features like 'pull to refresh' and will update instantly along with the site.
What, you missed yesterday's BIG announcement? Well, either scroll down (and then back up) or click here to read all about BWW's new revolutionary *personalized* Database, now both bigger than ever AND offering custom news feeds just about YOUR favorite shows and stars AND an iTunes Genius/Netflix/Amazon style recommendation engine to help you find more of what you like.
We got a ton of positive responses yesterday to the new service as well as several thousand BWW readers already playing with it (thank you!). Amongst the most requested 'Day One' features was the ability to get Daily Email Updates instead of just the Weekly version that we launched.
Well, we jumped into quick action and you can now change your alerts to daily, by clicking here. MUCH more to come. Next stop, mobile!
The BroadwayWorld DB, launched back in 2005 is by far the largest theatre database on the net, covering the world of Broadway and beyond, including theatre in more than 150 cities, 275,000+ performers, 300,000+ photos, 60,000+ productions and growing by the minute.
Back in 2011, we unveiled complete regional listings featuring shows in every market in addition to BWW DB Pro, which empowers theatre professionals to enter themselves into the BWW Internatioanl Theatre Database, add/update credits and bios, post photos and videos, promote events, list management info, maintain their information and lots more.
Now, while the eyes of the world are on the theatre scene for next weekend's 2012 Tony Awards, BWW is excited to announce that we've taken our biggest leap forward yet - introducing the brand-new personalized BroadwayWorld DB.
Click here to visit the new BroadwayWorld DB homepage, register and login to get started. All throughout the site's extensive show and performer listings are new 'Become a Fan' buttons. Clicking those buttons for the shows and performers you enjoy will allow you to begin to build your personal BWW DB homepage.
Hereafter, your new custom BWW DB homepage will start to form and populate with recommendations of other related stars/shows, a custom news feed featuring BWW content JUST about your favorites, personalized email newsletters and more.
Additional special features and mobile access will be annnounced shortly!
Just a quick update here that we've launched our first ever Awards Season Scorecard right here with the Outer Critics Circle Awards already in. For analysis on how the Outer Critics Circle nominations usually compare to the Tony Awards, click here.
BroadwayWorld.com is very excited to announce a new partnership, and the fourth member of BWW TV’s family of exclusive, engaging, and unmatched online theatre video programming. Joining the popular and critically acclaimed SUBMISSIONS ONLY, BACKSTAGE WITH Richard Ridge and CHEWING THE SCENERY WITH Randy Rainbow will be its newest offering and first reality show, BEHIND THE CURTAIN, premiering later in 2012.
Behind the Curtain is a brand new, fascinating, fast paced web series that explores what it takes to make it on the world's biggest stage, Broadway. Created by seasoned entertainment industry vets Danny Jordan (The Biggest Loser, MasterChef, American Idol Underground) and Andrew Spires (American Idol, Trading Spaces, Real Time With Bill Maher) the show will pull viewers inside the real world and harsh reality of what it’s like to be a performer pursuing their Broadway dreams. With unprecedented access and some of the hottest up and coming stars on board, the show will share the inside world of Broadway in a riveting new way.
The new documentary series is currently on the popular financing site Kickstarter (click here for a preview and for more information) which opens up a unique opportunity for Broadway fans to play a part in developing this wonderful new series. Getting in at the ground floor, donors will have the unique, and thrilling opportunity to watch as their show evolves, and matures into a dazzling program recognized the world over!
“When I saw the original sizzle reel for the show,” said Robert Diamond, CEO of BroadwayWorld.com, “it felt like the perfect fit for our audience and it’s being developed in a way that will fully exploit not only the newest technologies, but insider access like never before. Basically, it’s everything we believe in here on the site.”
Danny Jordan, series creator says "Since day one -- In October 2009 -- our objective has been to reveal the real story of the countless actors, singers, and dancers who pick up their lives, and move to the harsh world that is New York City in pursuit of making their Broadway dreams a reality. Additionally, retaining the integrity of this historic industry is paramount. As such, partnering with the largest Broadway and theatre themed site in the world is not only a huge victory, but the perfect fit. “
Behind the Curtain will premiere exclusively on BroadwayWorld.com in late 2012.
About the Creative Team:
Danny Jordan's career in entertainment began in 2000. Jordan has created, produced, and hosted major media content for some of the most recognized networks, brands, and TV programs. Credits include: The Biggest Loser (Producer), MasterChef (Producer), Losing It with Jillian (Producer), Great American Road Trip (Producer), High Society (Producer), American Idol Underground (Host), KIIS FM (Host). In 2009, Jordan started Pronus Productions; partnering with long-time friends and colleagues, Andrew Spires and Raul Colindres. Jordan currently resides in New York City, and serves as SVP of Branded Media and Development.
Andrew Spires grew up in Philadelphia before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. After graduating from art school, he went on to work with Oscar winner Vilmos Zsigmond, before taking a position with CBS. While with CBS he worked on “The Price is Right”, “Real Time” with Bill Maher, and “The Young and the Restless” among others. Andrew later went on to work for juggernaut “American Idol” before returning to the East Coast to Produce “Trading Spaces”. Spires spent a year producing content for BBC before leaving forming Pronus Productions with friends Danny Jordan and Raul Colindres.
Mr. Spires’ shows are aired in over 40 countries and seen by more then 65 million viewers annually. He currently residents in New York City with his wife and their Great Dane, Gracie.
I came out of my time imposed interview 'retirement' for a quick chat about one of my favorite topics -- the online world of Broadway (pun intended). 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.
I've just spent an hour GLUED to the podcast in which THIS AMERICAN LIFE's Ira Glass reveals how they discovered the falsehoods in Daisey's THE AGONY & ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS on material that makes up both the play and broadcasts that they did based upon it.
Now, BWW is excited to announce that our content is now available on Pinterest as well! CLICK HERE to follow BWW on Pinterest- the latest social media craze that organizes and shares all the latest BroadwayWorld news on our very own virtual pin boards!
The web geek in me generally HATES the (over)use of Flash on any web site, and especially those for Broadway shows. It's often unneeded, slow loading and also makes the site behave crankily on all Apple mobile devices.
All that said, after an eagle-eyed BWW Message Board-er spotted this VERY clever usage on the PETER AND THE STARCATCHER web site, well, it's excellent.
Talking to the London Times, Stephen Sondheim sounds off about much of the current state of commercial theatre, noting that while he can appreciate hits such as The Book of Mormon as a "fun college show", in response to the idea that this perceived trend could be permanent, Sondheim remarks: "I think so. Commercial theatre will only get more narrow as time goes on. There are so many forms of entertainment, theatre is becoming more marginalised. It's become ‘an event': you see Wicked on your anniversary. I don't think commercial theatre can fulfil a function as a constant feeding ground for emotions and thoughts."
The digital theatre world lit up earlier today (as did our live traffic meters) with the news, first reported by the London Evening Standard that Stephen Sondheim and David Ives have teamed up on a new musical, which is currently in the earliest phases of composition. According to the Standard: "Sondheim speaks of pushing forward and says he has "20 or 30 minutes" written of a new musical that he is collaborating on with American playwright David Ives, a New York regular little known in London."
We reached the legend himself who told us that "it's an idea I've had for a long time and that it springs indirectly from a moment in a play of David's."
Theatre has more than its share of armchair quarterbacks who enjoy prognosticating (bitching) about...well...everything, ESPECIALLY the how and why of the show selection at the very popular Encores! series at City Center.
Next up for the series is Rodgers and Hammerstein's PIPE DREAM, which will star Leslie Uggams, Will Chase, James Clow, James Moye, Laura Osnes, Steve Routman, Leslie Uggams, Stephen Wallem and Tom Wopat.
So, how and why did they select PIPE DREAM?
Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel explains exactly why ... here.
Long-time no blog, as my every free waking computer minute has been devoted as of late to some recent and upcoming site updates on both the back and front end. (If you haven't admired our new article, people and show pages - check 'em out, and there's MUCH more on the way including other features coming to those three). We've also more than quadrupled our server speed and capabilities to prepare for some other new features and our ever-expanding traffic.
Back to today's blog, I'd often disagreed with his reviews, but I was still saddened on Friday evening to learn of the passing of longtime theatre critic Howard Kissel, most known for his long tenure at the New York Daily News. His well-known biography of David Merrick - The Abominable Showman has long been amongst my favorite theatre reads; I even re-read (and re-purchased) it on the Kindle a couple of years back. If you haven't read it yet, you're missing out.
We've been running Equity audition notices on BroadwayWorld.com for more than a year now, and not a day goes by that we haven't gotten a slew of requests from both readers and from casting directors to start posting notices for other audition opportunities, both large and small.
To that end, we've unveiled a Non Equity Auditions section of the site which now contains free listings for audition opportunities around the country with all the same features that our Equity center includes like our instant search, chart views, regional browsing, daily and instant email alerts and lots more.
We announced this news late last week on the site itself, but wanted to share my excitement here as well... Since then, we've already made more improvements including restaurant menus for all of our listings! More to come, very soon...
BroadwayWorld.com, the largest theatre site on the Internet is excited to unveil the first in a series of massive 2012 expansion plans - complete and expanded coast to coast show listings.
Complete show listings are now available for all of BroadwayWorld.com's 100 regional U.S., and 20 International markets (with additional 20 launches planned for January), allowing theater goers for the first time ever to easily browse, and search globally for Musicals, Plays, Concerts, Cabarets, Special Theatrical Events, Opera, Dance, and other live stage productions.
Updated daily, this whopping listing of over 25,000 current and upcoming productions in more than 10,000 theatres includes professional productions, amateur productions, school productions (both high schools and colleges), and more!
All show listings are linked in to the site's unsurpassed content system to provide links to news stories, cast features, photos, videos & more for each show. And speaking of content, you can also contribute by clicking on a show title and uploading media (including links, photos, videos and cast lists) using the forms located on right of the listing.
That's not all though...We know that nothing goes together with a good show like an equally good meal - so all regional listings now including the ability to find, display and make reservations at more than 20,000 neighboring restaurants. All restaurant listings include such useful information on the average price of meals, cuisine types, menu descriptions and innovative mapping that shows its distance and a direct route to the theatre.
While users can browse regional shows both through the site's dedicated regional homepages, they may also use our Pick-a-Show feature. Users can now enter their zip code to find regional shows (musicals, plays, opera, dance, comedy, concerts, amateur and school productions and more) near them across the country.
Ok, ok, so I 'lied' yesterday when I said that we were done unveiling sneak peeks at our January 2012 site upgrades in 2011, but, here we go!
In this case though, we know how hard it is for performers to book a job, so anything we can do to lessen the struggle of knowing what auditions are coming up, is the least we can do.
We've just unveiled a snazzy (if I do say so myself) revamp of our popular Auditions Center for all your Equity audition needs including a faster and more accurate search, a new chart view, the ability to browse by region and date added/updated, to see when a notice was posted, and to email a notice to yourself and/or friends when you see it along with some other bells and whistles.
We weren't planning on unveiling any of the (many) new features & updates cooking in the BWW kitchens until 2012, but ... patience was never on the short list of things that I'm good at. The ever-popular Broadway Grosses section of the site just got several major upgrades including some visual enhancements, iPad/iPhone compatibility, many new chart & graph types, year by year comparisons and other nifty features that are too numerous to list.