The Illusionists Box Office Opens This Monday at the Marquis Theatre

After a nearly yearlong closure for renovations, the Marriott Marquis Theatre (1535 Broadway) box office re-opens on Monday, November 3, for tickets to The Illusionists – Witness The Impossible.

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The Afternoon Report, Thursday, October 30, 2014


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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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RT @theatermania: INTERVIEW: #Rent’s @traciethoms on taking the stage in #LOSTLAKE @NYCityCenter @MTC_NYC • • • RT @broadwayworld: BWW TV: BROADWAY QUICK CHANGE with Robert Hartwell- in the MOTOWN Green Room! @MotownMusical • • • RT @LisaNic: IRON @MikeTyson saw @MOTOWNMusical! An honor meeting the former Heavy Weight Champ after the show! • • • Happy opening to @RTC_NYC’s THE REAL THING! #breakaleg • • • Video: @BarrettWeed & @mikepettry perform a number from the musical “FOUND”  #InPerformance • • • @AtlanticTheater to kick off Amplified Reading Series w/@maxeliposner’s “GUN LOGISTICS,” directed by @oliverbutler • • •

Facebook content lessons from nonprofits
SmartBlogs/Social Media – by DREW BERNARD

After working with dozens of nonprofit organizations to help them strategize and improve the overall performance of their Facebook efforts, I’ve come to understand what successful pages have in common: Content that not only helps their target audience tell their story through engagement, but also adds real value to their news feed and their friends’ news feeds.

It’s not enough to post high-quality content that informs your target audience. Nor is it enough to post content that your fans enjoy consuming. For your content to be shared, it must be something your fans want to be personally connected with as it becomes part of their online personal narrative. As a result, page managers must create content that helps their target audience express themselves to their friends. In my experience, successful page managers repeatedly use these five strategies to create content that people want to engage and be connected with – and you can, too.
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http://smartblogs.com/social-media/2014/10/30/facebook-content-lessons-from-nonprofits/

The Billboard Charts ~ Issue Date: 2014-11-8 Continue reading

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RSC’s LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST & LOVE’S LABOUR’S WON receive raves, US screenings begin Spring 2015

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won opened last week to rave reviews at the RSC’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon.  The two plays will begin cinemas screenings across the US on February 11, 2015 (Love’s Labour’s Lost) and March 4, 2015 (Love’s Labour’s Won – Much Ado About Nothing). They will be filmed for “Live from Stratford-upon-Avon,” the RSC program that screens the world’s greatest classical theatre company from Shakespeare’s home town around the world through a continued partnership with Picturehouse Entertainment.

*****
“Magnificent”

DAILY TELEGRAPH

”Dazzling”

TIMES

*****

“Outstanding”

DAILY MAIL

“’Christopher Luscombe’s productions are sparklingly funny’”
“’Simon Higlett’s dazzling set…a glorious score by Nigel Hess’”
Times

“Blissfully entertaining”’
Daily Telegraph

“Michelle Terry and Edward Bennett are outstanding”
Daily Mail

“Visually astounding…a feast for the eyes”
Whatsonstage.com

This year also marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

For cinema listings and booking visit http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/ to sign up for updates and follow the creation of the production online in the run up to the screening.

Made in Stratford-upon-Avon – Seen around the world. Everyone at the Royal Shakespeare Company, from actors to technicians, milliners to musicians, plays a part in creating the world seen on stage. The work begins its life at the Stratford workshops and theatres and is shared with audiences across the world through touring, residencies, cinema broadcasts and online activity. Wherever the RSC is experienced, audiences experience work that is made in Shakespeare’s home town. Shakespeare has been performed and celebrated in Stratford for centuries and the RSC has trained generations of the very best theatre makers since the Company was founded in 1961, pioneering contemporary approaches to Shakespeare’s plays, as well as staging the work of those who inspired him and the work of today’s playwrights.  www.rsc.org.uk

Picturehouse Entertainment is the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas, the owner and operator of 21 Picturehouse Cinemas and programming agent for a further 49 venues across the UK.  Since its launch in 2010, Picturehouse Entertainment has distributed a diverse range of alternative content to cinemas throughout the UK and internationally. This includes live satellite broadcasts of seasons from world-class arts organizations, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Theatre, and special one-off events such as Stephen Fry’s talk, The Fry Chronicles, and David Bowie is happening now transmitted from the V&A’s sell-out exhibition. Picturehouse Entertainment’s feature film releases include BAFTA winner The Imposter, Shane Meadows’ The Stone Roses: Made of Stone, Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England and the forthcoming The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology featuring Slavoj Žižek, in cinemas from 4 October 2013.

Live from Stratford-upon-Avon is generously supported by

CHK Charities Limited

Sidney E. Frank Foundation

http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/

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The Afternoon Report, Wednesday, October 29, 2014


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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RT @playbill: @MissMollyPope dream casts #Mame in new #StageViews:@atlantictheater #FOUNDATC Let’s make it happen! • • • We always knew @IanMcKellen would be a great video vixen • • • Broadway Across America and The Balancing Act® presents “Broadway Balances America” with NEWSIES • • •

Guardian Rolls Out U.S. Redesign with Eye Toward Native Ads
AdAge.com/Media – by MICHAEL SEBASTIAN

London-based Guardian News and Media is introducing a redesign of its U.S. website on Wednesday that gives marketers a broader canvas for not only banner ads but also content-marketing products. Nissan is sponsoring the rollout with a website takeover beginning Monday for its Leaf electric car. That campaign doesn’t include native ads, but Guardian executives said branded content is likely coming soon to the redesigned U.S. site.

“We’re trying to bring elegance back into marketing,” said Carter Brokaw, executive VP-commercial at Guardian U.S. “People come to us for content and we want to create a platform where marketers can share their content.”

The Guardian’s move to encourage sponsored content comes after another U.K. newspaper, the Daily Mail, hired BuzzFeed’s Jon Steinberg in June to serve as its CEO for North America. Mr. Steinberg immediately got to work selling native ads, which seek to mimic editorial content. Mr. Steinberg has even put Daily Mail journalists to work cranking out content for advertisers.

To read this article, click the link below
http://adage.com/article/media/guardian-rolls-u-s-redesign-eye-native-ads/295624/

7 Social Media Myths (That You Probably Think Are True)
MediaBistro/AllTwitter – by SHEA BENNETT

According to a recent study 83 percent of marketers are still confused about social media marketing, a situation not helped by the sheer amount of misinformation circulating around the web.

Here, for example, are 7 social media myths that you may well believe to be true.

1. The more hashtags the better (use more than two hashtags on Twitter and you can actually hurt engagement)

2. Vine is the best platform for social video
(depends on where you’re sharing that video)


3. YouTube is mainly used by teenagers
(just 10 percent of YouTube users are aged 13-17)


4. Facebook and Twitter drive the most website traffic
(depends on what type of website)


5. Link posts drive engagement on Facebook
(they do, but nowhere near as well as photos)


6. Tweets posted during the daytime hours get the most retweets
(sharing when overall share volume is lower – i.e., late at night – can actually boost your retweets as there’s less competition)


7. Pinterest content has a short lifespan
(50 percent of traffic from a pin occurs more than two months after it was originally posted)

To read this article, click the link below
http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/social-media-myths_b61188

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Broadway Across America and The Balancing Act® presents “Broadway Balances America” with NEWSIES

EXTRA, EXTRA!  “BROADWAY BALANCES AMERICA” INVITES YOU TO

“GET UP AND GO” BEHIND THE SCENES OF DISNEY’S NEWSIES

AIRING EXCLUSIVELY ON “THE BALANCING ACT®”

ON LIFETIME TELEVISION ®

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 AT 7:00AM (ET/PT)

Broadway Across America’s collaboration with the award-winning morning show “The Balancing Act®,” on the Lifetime® Channel continues with the fourth episode of the six part series “Broadway Balances America” featuring Disney’s NEWSIES. This new episode will premiere on Thursday, November 6th at 7:00AM (ET/PT) and will re-air on Thursday, November 13th at 7:00AM (ET/PT). Continue reading

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The Afternoon Report, Tuesday, October 28, 2014


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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RT @LouisPeitzman: So, I got transformed into HEDWIG @HedwigOnBway • • • Happy opening to #FATHERCOMESHOME @PublicTheaterNY! • • • Happy first preview to @SIDESHOWBway! #BreakALeg • • • RT @LeonardLopate: Now @nickblaemire @BarrettWeed & @huntbell talk about roles in @FOUNDthemusical @atlantictheater • • • Cast shot! Come see HONEYMOON IN VEGAS at the Nederlander beginning November 18th! • • • The HONEYMOON IN VEGAS family! honeymoonbway • • •Composer Jason Robert Brown says he’s always wanted to write a classic musical comedy. # HONEYMOONINVEGAS • • • David Josefsberg and co, crowd-pleasin’. # HONEYMOONINVEGAS • • • Tony Danza serenades Brynn O’Malley on the uke. #HONEYMOONINVEGAS • • • Star Rob McClure performs the opening number from HONEYMOONbway, “I Love Betsy.” • • • Bookwriter of HONEYMOONbway, Andrew Bergman! • • • Director Gary Griffin addresses the crowd at the HONEYMOONbway press event • • • RT @nytimestheater: Video: @BarrettWeed from @FOUNDthemusical @AtlanticTheater #InPerformance • • •

Facebook Offers Life Raft, but Publishers Are Wary
New York Times/Media – by DAVID CARR

For publishers, Facebook is a bit like that big dog galloping toward you in the park. More often than not, it’s hard to tell whether he wants to play with you or eat you.

The social network now has over 1.3 billion users — a fifth of the planet’s population and has become a force in publishing because of its News Feed, which has been increasingly fine-tuned to feature high-quality content, the kind media companies produce.

To its credit and economic benefit, Facebook has done a better job of cleaning some junk from its feed, featuring news that leads to stronger levels of engagement, which is a win for the platform, the publisher and the readers.

That role has become increasingly important when you factor in the big tilt to mobile, as my colleague Ravi Somaiya points out. For traditional publishers, the home page may soon become akin to the print edition — nice to have, but not the primary attraction. In the last few months, more than half the visitors to The New York Times have come via mobile — the figure increases with each passing month — and that percentage is higher for many other publishers.

Enter Facebook’s popular mobile app, which has captured greater amounts of time and, more remarkably, managed to fit a business model onto the small screen by providing extremely relevant advertising. By contrast, publishers like newspapers and magazines and even some digital sites have tried to shoehorn old business models and web templates onto tiny screens. That hasn’t worked so well.

Loading publishers’ web pages on a mobile device can be maddening, slowed by advertising that goes out for auction when readers click. So while Facebook loves the content, it hates the clunky technology many publishers use for mobile. When it comes to the impatient hordes on phones, speed matters above all else.

I was in San Francisco a few weeks ago and bumped into an executive who works in mobile at Facebook. He wasn’t speaking for attribution, but he derided the approach that traditional publishers take to mobile devices, saying it made for an unpleasant user experience, hurt user engagement and crippled their efforts to make money in a smartphone world.

Facebook hopes it has a fix for all that.

To read this article, click the link below
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/27/business/media/facebook-offers-life-raft-but-publishers-are-wary.html

Build Your Social Media Fan Club In Three Easy Steps
Forbes – by WILLIAM ARRUDA

Social media may seem like nothing more than a popularity contest. Popularity does have an impact on your personal brand, but social media’s best benefits are credibility and connection.

Rather than give you a complicated list of 50 things to do to build a fan club, I share with you three simple tips for each of my favorite social media resources for personal branding: LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. Why did I choose these tips? They are easy to do, are often overlooked, and will have a measurable impact on your personal brand.

To read this article, click the link below
http://www.forbes.com/sites/williamarruda/2014/10/28/build-your-social-media-fan-club-in-three-easy-steps/


Broadway Ad Breakdowns: Continue reading

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The Afternoon Report, Monday, October 27, 2014


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Monday, October 27, 2014


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RT @JennDamiano: Saw @FOUNDthemusical @AtlanticTheater yesterday and it ruled. Totally hilarious and awesome. I had the best time. See it before it closes! • • • A preview of our next #InPerformance video: @BarrettWeed and @mikepettry in a number from @FOUNDthemusical • • • RT @nytimestheater: Christopher Smith: police officer, composer, #Broadway hopeful (Photo: Kevin Miyazaki for NYT) • • • RT @KennethJones: Annie MacRae, a vet of @MTC_NYC’s lit department, is @AtlanticTheater’s new associate artistic director. #newplays • • • RT @broadwayworld: Annie MacRae Named New Associate Artistic Director of @AtlanticTheater • • • RT @davidgregory: Bravo, Dad! @BELLEAMHERSTnyc “CRITIC’S PICK! Joely Richardson is poetry in motion!” – @TimeOutNewYorK • • •

Will Firms Flock to Facebook Chat Rooms?
CIO Today– by JENNIFER LECLAIRE

Facebook is taking a page out of the early Internet’s playbook with a new feature aptly called Facebook Rooms. It’s sort of like the chat rooms of days gone by but with a social media twist the company hopes will attract its members to interact with the brand more through a mobile app.

Facebook product manager Josh Miller announced the new twist on an old innovation in a blog post. He pointed to what he called “one of the magical things” about the early days of the Web: connecting to people you might never run into in your everyday life.

“Inspired by both the ethos of these early Web communities and the capabilities of modern smartphones, today we’re announcing Rooms, the latest app from Facebook Creative Labs,” Miller said. “Rooms lets you create places for the things you’re into, and invite others who are into them, too.”

Indeed, the early days of the Web were characterized by forums, message boards, chat rooms and other expressions of online meeting spaces for people who probably never met in person — or lived in the same cities — but had enough in common to share digital conversations.

Business Application?

While the Internet lets you be whoever you want to be — some have called it the great business equalizer because everyone is on a level playing field — Miller said people still need places that let them break away from the constraints of everyday life. But is there a business application for Rooms?
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http://www.cio-today.com/article/index.php?story_id=122001YT4IIU


Link to Broadway Grosses for the week ending October 26, 2014: Continue reading

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The Afternoon Report, Thursday, October 23, 2014


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

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@ntlive SKYLIGHT Broadcast Begins Tonight, October 23 Prior to Broadway Run • • • Broadway Across America and The Balancing Act® presents “Broadway Balances America” with PIPPIN • • •
Twitter Introduces App Platform Fabric In Bid For More Mobile Dollars, Data
AdAge.com/Digital – by MARK BERGEN

Twitter is beefing up its mobile presence, making a move for more ad dollars and data from handheld devices. On Wednesday, the social media company introduced Fabric, a mobile-app platform meant to lure more developers to its suite of products. The move pits Twitter against rival ad-sellers Facebook, Google and Yahoo, which all host competing products.

CEO Dick Costolo introduced Fabric as “the future of mobile software development” at Flight, Twitter’s inaugural mobile developer conference in San Francisco. “[It's] a future that is built on a collection of fully integrated end-to-end services,” he said, speaking to a room of over one thousand developers. “It is entirely about you and your users, not us.”

Fabric represents Twitter’s attempt to tap revenue potential beyond its flagship service. The platform weaves the technology of two companies Twitter acquired in 2013 — Crashlytics, an app analytics firm, and MoPub, a mobile-ad exchange — with a new software development kit built around the primary Twitter stream.

Among other features, the platform will allow for native integration of tweets inside other publication’s apps. Twitter is trying to control how its content, which appears across the web and beyond, is seen by users who are not logged in. The feature will roll out with the Wall Street Journal. Twitter’s ad products will not run in these embeds, an executive familiar with the arrangement said.

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http://adage.com/article/digital/twitter-launches-mobile-app-platform-fabric-digits-login/295514/

How to Determine the Best Times to Post on Your Facebook Page
MediaBistro/AllFacebook – by SARA PICCOLA

Do you know the best time to post on your Facebook page? I’m not talking about the recommended best times, or the times when most of your followers are online, but the times to post that garner the most reach and engagement on your posts.

I’ll admit that for a bit too long, I ignored our page’s insights. They’re confusing, hard-to-follow and time-consuming. I keep up on social media best practices, so I figured that I knew the best times to post based on everyone else’s studies.|

One day, that strategy stopped working. I was posting roughly three to five times per day (the general recommended amount), and I was posting at peak times when our audience was online, and one time in off hours, since we have an international audience.

Then, all of a sudden, Facebook’s algorithm hit our Facebook reach. Hard. Our posts went from being seen by 2,000 to 3,000 people to just 200 to 300 people. Even worse, they were getting no engagement. Something had to change.

So I set out to discover once and for all the best time to post on our Facebook page. Here’s how I did it.

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http://allfacebook.com/sara-piccola-shortstack-guest-post-best-times_b135541

The Billboard Charts ~ Issue Date: 2014-11-1 Continue reading

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NT Live SKYLIGHT Broadcast Begins Tonight, October 23 Prior to Broadway Run

National Theatre Live’s sixth season continues with the highly-anticipated international broadcast of Carey MulliganBill Nighy and Matthew Beard in the critically acclaimed West End production of David Hare’s SKYLIGHT, directed by Stephen Daldry, on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Dates will vary at venues internationally and encore screenings will follow. Tony Award winning and Academy Award nominated director Stephen Daldry will be in attendance to introduce the 7:30 p.m. broadcast on Thursday, October 23rd at New York’s Beekman Theatre (1271 2nd Ave, New York, NY). Check www.NTLive.com for listings.

SKYLIGHT opened to critical acclaim at Wyndham’s Theatre on Thursday, June 18 and ran through August 23, 2014. This production will come to New York this spring when it begins performances on Broadway at the Golden Theatre on Monday, March 16.  Opening night for the 13-week limited engagement is Thursday, April 2. The Daily Express called the production “complex, thrilling and provocative – FOUR STARS,” the Guardian said it’s “beautifully acted by Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard – FIVE STARS,” the Evening Standard said “David Hare’s prickly, intelligent mid-Nineties play is full of guts and heart – FIVE STARS,” the Daily Telegraph said it’s “thrillingly revived by Stephen Daldry in a knockout production – FIVE STARS,” and the Sunday Times said Skylight is “a great play that touches lightly but thought-provokingly on money, class, politics and love – FIVE STARS.”

On a bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

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DISGRACED opens on Broadway tonight, October 23rd

The Pulitzer Prize winning play DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar officially opens on Broadway tonight, Thursday, October 23 at the Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, DISGRACED received Obie and Joseph Jefferson Awards.

The cast of DISGRACED includes Hari Dhillon, Gretchen Mol, Danny Ashok, Karen Pittman and Josh Radnor Kimberly Senior, who helmed the two previous US productions, directs.  The design team includes John Lee Beatty (set), Jennifer Von Mayrhauser (costumes), Ken Posner (lighting), and Jill DuBoff (sound).

DISGRACED is the story of a successful Muslim-American lawyer and his wife — an artist influenced by Islamic tradition — enjoying their comfortable and successful life on New York’s Upper East Side.  When a co-worker and her husband come to dinner, what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone’s relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards.

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