BroadwayWorld Turns One...

I'm writing this editorial in recognition of BroadwayWorld.com's first anniversary and what represents the perfect time to reflect back on the incredible journey that the last 12 months have been. When launching the site a year ago today, I never could have guessed how fast the next 12 months would go by or how fast that we would have grown. The site has been growing by leaps and bounds since day one and it has completely exceeded all of my wildest dreams and expectations. The growth of the site, and how warmly we've been embraced by the Broadway community as a whole, has truly put a permanent smile on my face.

When we launched the site, it was with the goal to serve the needs of the theater community, both professionals and fans, with an online resource worthy of the name "BroadwayWorld." Over 150,000 message board posts, 33,000 news links, 1,500 photos, 500 articles, and countless other stats I won't bore everyone with later, I feel as if we are reaching those goals even as we expand on a daily basis.

BroadwayWorld has always been a labor of love both for myself, and for the incredible group of volunteers that we have here contributing to the site. Not backed by any large corporate entity, BroadwayWorld is, and will remain, a site owned and run by passionate theater lovers for the theater community. That said, I can't go a moment further without taking this opportunity to thank everyone that's been working on the site, and has helped "the little web site that could" turn into a major player in the online theater world.

First and foremost, I need to thank Craig, our Senior Editor who helps run the day to day operations of the site, and of whom I couldn't ask for a better business partner. We often joke that we share a brain since we're constantly on the same mental wave length, which along with his tireless efforts have helped the site to get where it is today. Next up are all the fantastic writers we've got here on the site providing unmatched editorial and creative content: (alphabetically) Lilian Barbuti, Jake Brunger, Pati Buehler, Michael Dale, LA Guy, Scott Logsdon, Raymond McLeod, Deborah Kym McLeod, Adrienne Onofri, Genevieve Rafter-Keddy, Heather Smith, Jena Tesse Fox, Jose M. Valdez, Anthony Verruso, and Lee Wilson.

In addition to all those great folks, I want to give special thanks to Linda Lenzi, Broadway's best photographer who provides almost all of those great photo ops you see throughout the site. I realize this is the part of the thank you speech where they start playing the exit music, but don't panic because I'm nearing the end of them.

Just as astounding as the growth of the site itself, has also the growth of BroadwayWorld Radio, which is now getting several thousand listeners per week. Kris Joseph, our host and web radio expert, heads up the station from Canada with a wealth of technical and theater knowledge, not to mention lots of TLC which is required to keep us broadcasting 24/7/365. Equally important to the growth of BroadwayWorld radio has been the contributions of our illustrious trio of hosts Scott Nevins, Seth Rudetsky, and the newest addition to the team, Jim Caruso. The feedback that we've received for all three exclusive web radio shows has been absolutely phenomenal and we couldn't be happier to bring it all to you week after week.

I also want to thank the professionals in the theater community, including all of the producers, PR agencies, behind the scenes folks, contest promoters, and performers (from the chorus boys straight on up to the stars) who have all embraced the site, and contributed to its growth with their support. Last, but certainly not least, we wouldn't be here today without the tens of thousands of you that visit the site each day, post, and join in on the great fun that is BroawdayWorld.com.

All thank you's now aside, we're committed here at BroadwayWorld to making the next 12 months even more exciting and full of growth than the past year has been. We have several exciting announcements coming down the pipe for additions to the site editorially, technically, contest-wise, and boardwise, along with expansions to the family of BroadwayWorld.com live events at which I look forward to seeing as many of you at as we can cram in. Let me also welcome aboard Jamie McGonnigal, who will serve as Artistic Director on those events when he finishes reading us "Producing a Benefit for Dummies." I also hope to have some very exciting news about a new and unexpected media partnership as well in the near future.

I'd like to briefly address the subject of competition, because it's something that we're often asked about. I'd be lying if I said that we weren't competitive, didn't love it when we get to break stories, have exclusives and so on...but unlike some of our "competition" out there, it's not our highest priority by any means. BroadwayWorld.com has always been first and foremost about serving the theater community from all sides, so it's been our credo that we'd rather get a story up that we're sure is accurate - rather than breaking it. Additionally, over the course of the year, we've linked in our news feed to over 33,000 stories, generating well over 750,000 clicks to other sites on the Internet. We are truely here, and here to stay as an unbiased resource for all who love theater.

We remain committed to serving the theater community as best we can, always in an open and honest fashion, and utilizing the latest i-technologies to bring you features that you simply won't find anywhere else. We look forward to having you all along for what promises to continue to be an incredible ride...

Here's to the next 12 months!

-Rob

 



 

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