The Afternoon Report, Friday, March 27, 2015

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Breaking news:


Harold Prince to Direct a New Musical for the Atlantic Theater
New York Times/ArtsBeat Blog – by ERIK PIEPENBURG

The Tony Award-winning director Harold Prince, best known for his work on “The Phantom of the Opera” and other hugely successful Broadway musicals, will travel off Broadway to direct “The Band’s Visit,” a new musical by the composer David Yazbek (music and lyrics) and the playwright Itamar Moses (book) for the Atlantic Theater Company’s 2015-16 season, the theater announced on Friday. –

The Atlantic’s 2015-2016 season will begin this fall with a revival of the Caryl Churchill play “Cloud Nine,” directed by James Macdonald, who oversaw the acclaimed 2014 production of the writer’s “Love and Information.” In November the season will continue with the New York premiere of “These Paper Bullets!,” a Shakespeare-inspired musical with songs by the Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong and a book by the writer Rolin Jones. Based on “Much Ado About Nothing” and set in mod-era London, the show had its premiere at Yale Rep last year. The Atlantic mounting will be a coproduction with the Geffen Playhouse.

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Today’s Tweets from BBB
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“Getting @DarrenCriss ready to take over NYC”- @spencerliff #DarrenIsHEDWIG starting April 29! • • • Happy first preview to @FUNHOMEmusical @ZHIVAGOmusical and HAMLET at @classicstage! #breakaleg all! • • • RT @TheJoeShow: The Joe D Show Ep. 3: @ChristianBorle & BriandArcyJames @ROTTENbroadway @nbcsmash & more talk • • • RT @KennedyTwits: Billie Joe Armstrong musical comes to Atlantic Theater Co. (from @AP) @AtlanticTheater • • • RT @nytimesarts: Harold Prince to Direct a New Musical for the Atlantic Theater @atlantictheater • • • Video of the Week: the trailer for SOUTHPAW, starring Jake Gyllenhaal • • • JCM in @HEDWIGOnBway What are you waiting for? • • • SOMETHING ROTTEN! creators bring completely original musical comedy to Broadway @artinfodotcom @RottenBroadway • • •

As Twitter Introduces Periscope, Tech Titans Bet on Live Streaming Video
New York Times/Technology – by MIKE ISAAC & VINDU GOEL

Tyra Banks smiled a toothy grin and chatted idly with a captive audience this week, showing off her new pixie haircut. She later flipped a blond-streaked auburn lock at the crowd, asking in a half-mocking tone, “How do you like me now?”

Ms. Banks was not on the set of her daytime television show or modeling on the runway at New York Fashion Week. She was staring into her smartphone camera while using a test version of Periscope, a live-streaming video app that Twitter introduced on Thursday, one among a surge of such apps with names like Meerkat and Camio that are taking the social media world by storm.

The premise of Periscope, Meerkat and others is simple: Capture video of yourself doing anything from exploring a new city to playing with your dog, all using nothing more than your smartphone camera. The apps notify others that you are streaming live video of yourself, and you can share it with your friends and followers.

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Video of the Week: SOUTHPAW Trailer

Check out the new trailer for the new boxing drama SOUTHPAW, starring Jake Gyllenhaal (MTC’s CONSTELLATIONS), Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, and former MATILDA star Oona Laurence!

SOUTHPAW opens in U.S. cinemas on July 31st.

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The Afternoon Report, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 


Today’s Tweets from BBB
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Beginning tomorrow, @GIGIOnBroadway will offer $30 digital lottery tickets for a limited time only • • • Toby, star rat of @CURIOUSBroadway, the toast of Broadway. Watch her charm CBS via @cbsnews @cbsthismorning • • •


Facebook May Host News Sites’ Content

Nothing attracts news organizations like Facebook. And nothing makes them more nervous.

With 1.4 billion users, the social media site has become a vital source of traffic for publishers looking to reach an increasingly fragmented audience glued to smartphones. In recent months, Facebook has been quietly holding talks with at least half a dozen media companies about hosting their content inside Facebook rather than making users tap a link to go to an external site.

Such a plan would represent a leap of faith for news organizations accustomed to keeping their readers within their own ecosystems, as well as accumulating valuable data on them. Facebook has been trying to allay their fears, according to several of the people briefed on the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were bound by nondisclosure agreements.

Facebook intends to begin testing the new format in the next several months, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. The initial partners are expected to be The New York Times, BuzzFeed and National Geographic, although others may be added since discussions are continuing. The Times and Facebook are moving closer to a firm deal, one person said.

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Twitter Teaming With Foursquare For Location Tagging In Tweets

Twitter is bringing the ability to tag specific locations to Tweets via official apps and the web, through a partnership with Foursquare. The company tweeted about the upcoming feature today, showing a video of how it’ll work in iOS.

Previously, location services in Twitter worked by detecting your coordinates based on your device sensors and assigning a spot based on those parameters. Now, users will be able to tap the location button to get a list of nearby suggested places so that they can ID a very specific spot.

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Digital Ticket Lottery Announced for GIGI on Broadway


Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25 and running through Tuesday, April 7 only, a limited number of tickets for the new Broadway production of Gigi will be sold to winners of a digital lottery drawing. Tickets are $30 and limited to two per person. For details and entrance to the digital lottery, please visit Winners will be notified by email at 12:30pm on the day of the performance, for evening shows, and at 12:30pm the day before for matinees.

Additionally and as previously announced, limited number of $30 general rush tickets will be available for each performance, for purchase day-of at the Neil Simon Theatre box office and on sale three hours prior to each performance. Rush tickets are subject to availability and are limited to two per person.

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The Afternoon Report, Monday, March 23, 2015

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Today’s Tweets from BBB

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RT @Variety: A Satanic handpuppet and a musical Renaissance comedy; two big Broadway bets from one producer • • • RT @TheJoeDShow: Punctuation power! ‘SOMETHING ROTTEN!‘ @rottenbroadway on Bway! Cue the songs! The dances! The exclamation point! • • • RT @PlaybillVideo: Brian d’Arcy James, Christian Borle and Cast Preview @ROTTENBroadway, Previews Start Tonight! • • • 

Sour comments harder to find on Facebook’s corporate pages

A new Facebook initiative has turned down the heat a notch for companies that get a flood of negative comments on their home pages but, in the process, may create new challenges for users.

A recent revamp by the social media giant has quietly changed the game by collapsing users’ comments so that they no longer are readily visible on corporate pages. Rather, members have to click an icon to view them or look down the left-hand side of the page.

The tweak provides some relief to chains such as Lululemon Athletica Inc. or Target Corp.’s Canadian division, whose missteps have prompted considerable customer wrath in Facebook comments over the past couple of years.

Still, the changes go against the grain of open dialogue that Facebook has encouraged between companies and consumers and risk turning off consumers, some industry watchers say.

“It’s detrimental because it defeats the whole primary purpose of Facebook, which is to engage the audience,” said Jean-Pierre Lacroix, president of retail consultancy Shikatani Lacroix Design Inc. “It’s making it harder for consumers to engage with their brands.”

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Why Meerkat may have an edge over Instagram and Vine for brands
Mobile Marketer – by BRIELLE JAEKEL

New live-streaming application Meerkat became a marketing sensation right after its launch because of its ability to connect brands and consumers in real-time without delay.

Meerkat is an app that links to users’ Twitter feeds to let them stream live video footage. Brands are quickly jumping on board with this app because of its ability to directly access the consumer on a real-time basis without any lag-time that other apps impose.

“It’s all about relationship building via a more humanized brand,” said Vince Bates, account manager of digital marketing at Eastwick, San Francisco. “Meerkat live streams are very organic in nature. Audiences are watching unedited video that’s happening in real-time.

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SOMETHING ROTTEN! Begins Performances on Monday – Digital Lottery, General Rush Ticket Policies Announced

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Hear ye, Broadway – it’s really happening! Something Rotten!, the completely original new musical comedy directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award® winner Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award® nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O’Farrell, begins performances on Broadway this coming Monday, March 23.

Beginning Thursday, March 26, a limited number of tickets, including front row, per performance will be sold to winners of a digital lottery drawing. Tickets are $25 and limited to two per person. For details and entrance to the digital lottery beginning March 26th, visit Entrants will be notified of their status two-and-a-half hours prior to show time. Tickets must be claimed and paid for at the St. James Theatre box office no later than 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Also beginning Thursday, March 26, general rush tickets will be available for purchase at the St. James Theatre when the box office opens. Tickets are $35, limited to two per person, and subject to availability for that day’s performances. Current box office hours are Monday-Saturday, 10:00am – 8:00pm.

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The Afternoon Report, Friday, March 20, 2015

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Friday, March 20, 2015 


Today’s Tweets from BBB
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RT @WSJLife: GIGI’ is back on Broadway thanks to Jenna Segal, a rookie producer (Peter Ross for WSJ) • • • Go Back to Glamorous NYC circa 1957 with @LIVINGLOVEBway Tickets for Only $19.57!  • • • #PromKings RT @playbill: It seems like @briandarcyjames & Christian Borle are getting along • • •
If HBO Get Its Own Fast Lane, Will The Net-Neutrality Cops Crack Down?

The fuzzy regulatory construct known as net neutrality may get its first big test when providers of streaming video services like HBO and Showtime try to buy their own dedicated “channels” from cable operators to avoid congestion on the broader Internet.

The Wall Street Journal has reported talks between cable networks and broadband providers including Comcast, saying the entertainment companies are seeking a “managed service” that would give them a separate lane with better quality of service than if their bits were mixed in with the general flow of Web traffic. The cable companies are reportedly ambivalent about building such lanes, both because of the cost and because it might get them in regulatory hot water under the Federal Communications Commission’s new net-neutrality rules.

As well they might. The FCC has thus far avoided making any firm statements about where “broadband Internet access service” ends and “specialized services” – relabeled “non-BIAS data services” – begins. In the Open Internet Order released March 12, the agency says it doesn’t intend to crack down on dedicated traffic flows for services like traditional cable TV channels, Voice Over Internet Protocol, cardiac monitors, or even e-readers like the Amazon Kindle. But the FCC says it will remain vigilant for evidence “these types of service offerings are undermining investment, innovation, competition, and end-user benefits.”

It will be interesting to see how the net-neut cops treat dedicated channels for streaming video on demand, then. Since virtually all digital cable traffic now utilizes some form of Internet protocol as a delivery method, any channel set aside for a paying customer like HBO is theoretically bandwidth that could be used for general-purpose Internet access. The genius of the Internet is that bits can travel by any available route to be reassembled at the other end into meaningful content.

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Go Back to Glamorous NYC circa 1957 with LIVING ON LOVE Tickets for Only $19.57!


Though the new screwball Broadway comedy Living on Love begins performances on April Fools’ Day, it’s no joke that the play’s producers are offering $19.57 tickets, including a LIMITED number of orchestra and mezzanine seats, at the first three performances only, April 1 through April 3. The special ticket price is a nod to the setting for the play – the glamorous world of New York City in 1957 when music, culture, & style reigned supreme.

Tickets can now be purchased for these three performances for a LIMITED time only in the following ways: At the Longacre Theatre box office (246 West 44th Street) or through Telecharge at or by calling 212-239-6200

Please note that $19.57 tickets are subject to availability and apply only specified performance date and times. All sales final (no refund or exchanges) and seating restrictions may apply. Telephone /internet orders subject to service fees. Limit 4 tickets per order.

Four time Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming makes her Broadway debut alongside Tony Award nominee Douglas Sills, 2-time Emmy Award nominee Anna Chlumsky, Jerry O’Connell, Blake Hammond and Scott Robertson in Living on Love by two-time Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin, and directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. Living on Love begins performances on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 and opens on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street). The production will play an 18-week engagement through Sunday, August 2, 2015. Tickets are now on sale to the general public. For more information, visit

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The Afternoon Report, Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Today’s Tweets from BBB

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Happy opening to @HEIDIonBroadway! #breakaleg Elisabeth Moss, @PinkhamBryce @JasonBiggs @traceechimo! • • • @broadwaycom just connected #PinotNoir from #UnbreakableKimmySchmidt to the #MEANGIRLS musical. #wellplayed • • • RT @TamsenFadal: fabulous inspiring morning with @lisaloeb see her interview pix11news coming soon @atlantictheater • • • Sneak peek at the next #InPerformance video with @tellyleung and Jennifer Lim of “THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS • • • RT @LisaLoeb: Hanging out with @TamsenFadal wpix • • • Lisa D’Amour is profiled in this Sunday’s @nytimestheater #AIRLINEHIGHWAY starts April 1 @MTC_NYC @SteppenwolfThtr • • • 


INFOGRAPHIC: Not Just Once a Day for Facebook Users
AdWeek/SocialTimes – by DAVID COHEN

Which social networks are accessed by users multiple times per day? Facebook is far and away the leader.

According to GlobalWebIndex, 50 percent of active Facebook users access the social network more than once per day, roughly double the totals for YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

GWI wrote in an email to SocialTimes:

“Facebook’s success at making its platform integral to its users’ online lives is obvious when we look at usage frequency among active users on other platforms. On YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, just 25 percent to 28 percent are accessing multiple times per day — one-half the figure that Facebook posts.”

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Penn & Teller Return to Broadway This Summer

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New York, NY – Thirty years after their New York premiere and 40 years after they first started as a team, PENN & TELLER will return this summer for a strictly limited six-week engagement at the Marquis Theatre (46th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue) from July 7 – August 16.  Opening night will be announced.  Tickets will go on sale on April 16th.

This will be a rare opportunity for New Yorkers and tourists to see Penn & Teller here; they will immediately return to their record-breaking Las Vegas run at The Rio at the end of the Broadway engagement. The Broadway engagement will include both elements of their Las Vegas show and classics from their repertoire.

About the return to Broadway, Penn Jillette said, “When I was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, I felt I should have been in NYC, and when I moved there I was home. We loved being on Broadway. We love doing our show in Vegas, but even after all this time in Vegas . . . well, coming back to Broadway feels like we’re coming home. Our hearts never left. Do they make Elmo costumes in my size?”

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