-As summarized by WaPo, an NEA survey has just concluded that folks really do like their internets. Not a problem--but will it affect the arts? "Americans are increasingly choosing the Internet and other new media to enjoy the arts, a new national survey has found. While many adults still like the intimacy of live theater, particularly musical theater, over the past year an estimated 47 million of them chose to watch or listen to music, theater or dance performances online at least once a week. ...[W]hile many arts disciplines remain popular, the mode of delivery is rapidly changing." I recommend theatre co's start looking at this model, and fast.
-Speaking of the NEA, I recommend they look at this report by British Equity, faulting regional theatres in the UK for doing smaller shows and hiring fewer and fewer actors per season. Memo to Rocco: if you're serious about the arts as an engine for employment, tie future NEA grants to actor-quotas. Incentivize bigger plays, for a change, not smaller.
-Buzz of the moment: Broadway-bound Addams Family musical "preems" in Chicago. Read the tealeaves in Chris Jones' Trib review. My only interest here is in the unusual choice directing/design team of Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch--a.ka., the Shockheaded Peter guys. Let's hope they survive the out-of-town tinkering. Meanwhile, Riedel raises a good point about Bebe Neuwirth's 11 o'clock number: "her dramatic crisis ("I'm getting old") makes no sense since Morticia is a vampire."
-Finally, for more on yesterday's Theatre District shootout, it's always good to go to the NY Post for the nitty gritty on stories like this. (One bullet shot through to the Marquis Theatre box office, and another "slammed into the window of the souvenir shop Broadway Baby, tearing through a 'Wicked' book.") And dig this eye-witness report!
By the way, come someone explain what is so dangerous about that "scam" these guys were running? Charge you $10 to put your name on a blank CD? This is so hard to resist??? Or have tourists really gotten that dumb.