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Industry Pro Newsletter: Orchestra Audiences Are Coming Back, A Look at What to Expect at the Tony Awards
by Alex Freeman - May 30, 2023

In this edition, we delve into the passionate efforts of America's playwrights to save the Tony Awards, the rebound of orchestras with growing audience numbers. We also explore the success of the 2022-2023 Broadway season, recent appointments and collaborations within the theater community.

Industry Pro Newsletter: BroadwayWorld Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Awards Season Officially Underway
by Alex Freeman - May 22, 2023

The nominations for the 12th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards are announced, recognizing outstanding productions such as 'FAT HAM,' 'TITANIQUE,' and 'MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG.' The winners of the 2023 Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Drama League Awards are revealed, honoring exceptional performances on and off Broadway.

Industry Pro Newsletter: English Wins the Pulitzer, Five Day Work Week in the UK
by Alex Freeman - May 15, 2023

This week, we take a look at recovery across the creative sector in an article from TRG Arts, Dance Magazine looks at how the dance industry has changed, and a new labor agreement between the Actors Union in the UK and producers highlights some of the major shifts in the industry across the globe.

Industry Pro Newsletter: TCG Conference Goes to Chicago, Garrett to Leave Oregon Shakespeare
by Alex Freeman - May 8, 2023

The Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has selected Chicago, IL as the location for its 2024 National Conference, which will be hosted by the League of Chicago Theatres. Meanwhile, the WGA strike, turmoil at regional theaters continues, and Britain gets a King who loves the arts.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Final Tony Eligibility Decisions, Drama League Awards
by Alex Freeman - May 1, 2023

MFA programs in performing arts face challenges in adapting. Tony eligibility decisions and Drama League nominations revealed. 2023 Tony Awards Live Pre-Show to be streamed for free on Pluto TV. Easter Bonnet Competition raises over $3.6 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Read on for more.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Broadway vs Resellers, A Deeper Look at the Dallas Theater Center Cuts
by Alex Freeman - April 24, 2023

The Performing Artist Tax Parity Act reintroduced provides tax relief for artists. AMC partners with Black Theatre Coalition to support diversity. Broadway struggles with ticket resellers, but official ticket sellers like Telecharge, Ticketmaster, and Broadway Direct help customers find direct box office tickets.

Industry Pro Newsletter: A Touring Contract Agreement, Tony Eligibility Rulings for Nonbinary Performers
by Alex Freeman - April 17, 2023

Actors' Equity Association and the Broadway League have come to an agreement on touring contracts. In addition, President Biden appointed a number of high-profile artists to the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Furthermore, a recent ruling on Tony eligibility has raised questions about Tony nominators and nonbinary performers.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Shucked's Journey to Broadway, A Complete Awards Season Calendar
by Alex Freeman - April 10, 2023

SHUCKED, a musical that debuted in Utah, has raised questions about the use of non-profit venues for regional tryouts, which allow producers to develop shows with less media attention and at lower costs.

Should SHUCKED's Unusual Path to Broadway Be Replicated?
by Cara Joy David - April 10, 2023

When SHUCKED opened on Broadway last week, it marked the first time a musical that tried out in Utah made it to the big time. We hear a lot about the more mainstream regional tryout venues—La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe, 5th Avenue Theatre—but very few producers utilize lesser-known non-profits to try out their shows.

Industry Pro Newsletter: AEA Forms a PAC, Visa Fees for Artists on the Rise, Winners of the Oliviers
by Alex Freeman - April 3, 2023

AEA forms PAC to support members. Biden admin mulls higher visa fees for international artists. Playwright Sarah Mantell wins Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for 'Futurity'. Lucille Lortel Theatre expands, buys building in Chelsea for new works; Caridad Svich and Michael Heitzman named Artistic Directors.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Six Recoups, Government Funding Shifts in Australia and Canada
by Alex Freeman - March 27, 2023

Governmental funding shifts continue around the globe as governments reveal their latest budget proposals - often with some form of a decrease of support for the creative economy as these countries wind down the support they offered at the height of the pandemic.

Industry Pro Newsletter: UK Extends Tax Relief, Room Won't Come to Broadway
by Alex Freeman - March 20, 2023

While the UK grapples with unruly audiences (not an issue unique to the West End by any means), one critic makes the case that the way we are discussing unruly audiences doesn’t have the best interest of the art form in mind - that it gives it a sense of snobbishness that doesn’t invite more audiences in to enjoy a show.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Jujamcyn Ruling in Covid Suit, Easter Bonnet Competition Returns
by Alex Freeman - March 13, 2023

Dance news, lawsuits, and J.J. Abrams is coming to the stage all featured in this week's newsletter, along with a surprisingly strong report on the state of the creative economy in California. If California is any indication, there is reason for hope even as the bounceback is slower in other parts of the country as we re-emerge from the pandemic.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Cherry Lane Acquired, Weissberg Commissions Announced
by Alex Freeman - March 6, 2023

A24 is entering the live theatre realm - the revered production and distribution company has acquired the Cherry Lane Theater. We’ve long seen media companies make their way toward Broadway, but A24 entering the off-Broadway space comes after Audible successfully did so a few seasons ago.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Antisemitic Protests at Parade, New AEA Report on EDI
by Alex Freeman - February 27, 2023

The growing threat of antisemitism in our culture spilled onto Broadway last week as a group of neo-Nazi’s protested outside preview performances of Parade. Cara Joy David dives into that, and how it fits into the wider cultural conversation and what we should be doing in our day to day lives to further combat this alarming growth of antisemitism.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Hal Luftig Company Declares Bankruptcy, New Ohio to Close
by Alex Freeman - February 20, 2023

Earlier this month, the Box Office of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Center became tied up in a cyber attack - not unlike the attack that tied up the Met’s box office for weeks - offering everyone a reminder that cyber security vulnerabilities should be examined by institutions of all shapes and sizes.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Are audiences worse behaved? The Antonyo's (Renamed) Returns
by Alex Freeman - February 13, 2023

Recent reporting from the UK has many, anecdotally at least, convinced that post-pandemic shutdown audiences are significantly worse behaved than they were before the pandemic. While we don’t have hard data to back up that claim, the stories in the linked article below about the audience behavior are certainly eyebrow raising.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Innovate to Survive, Tony Eligibility Decisions Raises Eyebrows
by Alex Freeman - February 6, 2023

In both the US and the UK government funding decisions have shifted the way that many companies are able to go about their business - in England, the massive shift in Arts Council England funding has left many major stages looking to fill huge gaps in their books.

Industry Pro Newsletter: A Look at Broadway's Comeback, The Leadership Shuffle Continues
by Alex Freeman - January 30, 2023

Audiences are buying tickets closer to the actual show date - but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re making the decision to see the show late. In a post-COVID era, audiences are more attuned to the fact that things can shift, and so in an effort to protect themselves from navigating a cancellation, they’re waiting to purchase their tickets.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Alive Downtown Alliance, Labor Issues on the West End
by Alex Freeman - January 23, 2023

With more frequency, we are starting to see alliances of theaters come together across different regions to create a stronger entity. And that isn’t a surprising development. Given the rising costs within the industry, collaboration continues to be one of the best ways to keep those costs down.

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by HaleyJane Rose - January 17, 2023

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Industry Pro Newsletter: Multiple High-Profile Leadership Departures
by Alex Freeman - January 17, 2023

A new labor agreement in the UK, multiple high profile departures, and the end of the streaming truce between AEA and SAG-AFTRA are the highlights of this week’s Industry Pro newsletter, which indicates an industry that is in the midst of roaring back and finding its footing.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Directors in the UK, Women of Color Leaving Theater at Alarming Rate
by Alex Freeman - January 9, 2023

how are things going regionally? This week, Cara Joy David takes a look at what bumpy waters might be ahead for these large regional companies. Additionally, stories of troubling trends on who is leaving the field - women of color, directors in the UK - and theaters adjusting their leadership models as they step into an unknown future.

Industry Pro Newsletter: Cara Joy David's Lessons for Theater in 2022
by Alex Freeman - January 3, 2023

Early reports indicate that last week was a good one for Box Offices, and here’s a reminder that you can get up to date gross information on BroadwayWorld when the League releases their data. With the year coming to a close last week, Cara Joy David offers her thoughts on a few of the lessons learned from 2022.

Industry Pro Newsletter: NEA Sees Increased Funding, AEA and Broadway League Reach Agreement
by Alex Freeman - December 27, 2022

As the year draws to a close, Cara Joy David offers us a preview of some of the decisions facing the Administration Committee of the Tony Awards. We’ve also got good news out of Washington, as the NEA received increased funding in the most recent budget passed by Congress and a look at the uncertain future of Victory Gardens Theater.

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