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

Tony Award® Winning Pippin Soars in 3rd Episode of

“Broadway Balances America” Series

Exclusively on The Balancing Act®

Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30 am (ET/PT)

(POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – PR.Com/LOG – October Dateline 2014) The award-winning morning show The Balancing Act® on the Lifetime® Channel will turn the spotlight on the all-new Tony Award®-winning Pippin, presented by Broadway Across America, in a featured segment airing on Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT). Viewers will have the chance to go behind-the-scenes of the production, as part of the “Broadway Balances America” series.  This show will re-air on November 5, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Lifetime.

The six-part special series “Broadway Balances America” will provide interviews highlighting the shows that are featured on Broadway Across America’s 2014-2015 Broadway series nationwide – from Boston to Costa Mesa, from Houston to Minneapolis, and everywhere in between.

This third episode of the six-part “Broadway Balances America” segment focuses on the strong women behind PIPPIN and how they balance their lives in the demanding theatre industry.  Interviews with Tony Award-winning Director Diane Paulus and Circus Creator Gypsy Snider highlight the creative process of developing a fresh, new PIPPIN for modern audiences.  Viewers will get an exclusive look on-stage with Snider working with the show’s Leading Player and various acrobats that make this PIPPIN truly extraordinary. Continue reading

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The Afternoon Report, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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RT @MaxizPad: Rehearsal selfies!!! americaninparis @theatrechatelet #ANAMERICANINPARIS #selfies #rehearsal #paris • • • Happy opening to FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE @PublicTheaterNY! • • • RT @BroadwayBox: Vintage Photos of @MTC_NYC #THECOUNTRYHOUSE Stars’ @WTFest Credits • • •

Infographic: The Optimal Length for Every Social Media Update and More
buffersocial – by KEVAN LEE

How long should my tweet be? Or my blogpost? Or my headline?

I ask this question a lot. It seems that others do, too. Our first take on coming up with the ideal length of all online content proved quite useful for a lot of people.

I’d love to see if I can help make it even more useful.

Along with all the best tips on optimal lengths for tweets, blogposts, headlines, and more, I’ve added a few additional lengths to the list—the ones that came up most often in the comments of the last post, like SlideShare length, Pinterest length, and more.

And to make it just as easy as possible to consume all this information quickly and easily, we partnered with our friends at SumAll to place the data and insights into a fun infographic. Check it all out
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Tired of helping Facebook make money? Tsu may be for you
New York Business Journal/TechFlash – by BEN FISCHER

You know why Facebook and Twitter measure revenue growth in billions every quarter? Because advertisers really want to place ads next to the stuff you’re posting on those sites. Your stuff. Your content.

We’re all used to that by now, but a team of New York tech entrepreneurs thinks we shouldn’t be. They’ve founded tsu, a social network that promises to pay royalties to users who help the company make money and grow by posting photos and other content.

“It’s the content creator contributing this valuable content, and frankly, doing all the work,” said cofounder and CEO Sebastian Sobczak. It’s been in the works for six years, Sobczak says, but they’re only officially announcing their presence today, along with a $7 million venture investment from Sancus Capital.
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Apple Pay: Seamless in Stores, but Quirky Online
New York Times/Personal Tech – by MOLLY WOOD

You know why Facebook and Twitter measure revenue growth in billions every quarter? Because advertisers really want to place ads next to the stuff you’re posting on those sites. Your stuff. Your content.

We’re all used to that by now, but a team of New York tech entrepreneurs thinks we shouldn’t be. They’ve founded tsu, a social network that promises to pay royalties to users who help the company make money and grow by posting photos and other content.

“It’s the content creator contributing this valuable content, and frankly, doing all the work,” said cofounder and CEO Sebastian Sobczak. It’s been in the works for six years, Sobczak says, but they’re only officially announcing their presence today, along with a $7 million venture investment from Sancus Capital.
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Audiences and Critics Are Swept Away by the Pre-Broadway World Premiere Engagement of Amazing Grace

Broadway In Chicago is thrilled that the Pre-Broadway World Premiere engagement of Amazing Grace, the new musical with music and lyrics by Christopher Smith and a book by Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron, directed by Gabriel Barre (Andrew Lippas’ The Wild Party) and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), has captivated audiences and critics alike. Amazing Grace will play Chicago through Sunday, November 2.

Audiences are swept away and the critics agree:

Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“A stirring musical. An epic romance. Artfully produced on the lavish scale of Les Mis.”

“A soaring piece of work full of well-crafted lyrics and character-driven melodies”

“Silver-voiced Erin Mackey, in a poised, expertly modulated performance”

“The set design, by the masterful Eugene Lee and Edward Pierce, is shipboard grand”

“Toni-Leslie James’ costumes [are] a display of museum-quality splendor”

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Hearing ‘Amazing Grace’ sung by this cast makes for an undeniably stirring theatrical moment; it brought tears to my eyes.”

“Stirring, romantic music and lyrics by Smith”

“Vividly staged by director Gabriel Barre sending characters up and down masts, and the handsome Young offering full-throated renditions of Smith’s catchy, accessible melodies”

Barbara Vitello, Daily Herald

“The ensemble sings beautifully, especially leads Josh Young and Erin Mackey”

“Toni-Leslie James’ period costumes are stunning”

“The haunting ‘Nowhere Left to Run’ [is] exquisitely sung by Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper”

“Grippingly staged by director Gabriel Barre”

“From the stellar performances to the flawless costumes, ‘Amazing Grace’ is nothing short of amazing!”

-        Hank Mendheim, Windy City Live ABC-TV

“This emotional and gripping story ensures you will never hear the beautiful hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ the same way again.”

-        Paul Lisnek, Comcast

“A musical of raw power with superb, intense performances.”

-        Steve Oxman, Variety

“Young and Mackey are fiercely charismatic leads with strong chemistry”

-        Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

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The Afternoon Report, Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Tony-winner Victoria Clark and 3-time Tony nominee Dee Hoty join @GIGIOnBroadway • • • Happy birthday to Aaron Tveit! #broadwaybirthdays • • • Come see @ELEPHANTMAN on Broadway beginning Friday, November 7th! Get your tickets now. Trust us: you DON’T want to miss this play. • • • It’s a serious play, but the ELEPHANTMANbroadway cast is having a blast at today’s event. • • • Full cast shot! ELEPHANTMANbroadway • • • Kathryn Meisle, ELEPHANTMANbroadway’s Miss Sandwich and Princess • • • Henry Stram, who plays Carr Gomm in ELEPHANTMANbroadway • • • Scott Lowell! ELEPHANTMANbroadway • • • Anthony Heald, who plays Ross and Bishop Walsham Haw in ELEPHANTMANbroadway • • • Sharing a laugh with director Scott Ellis! ELEPHANTMANbroadway • • • The stars of ELEPHANTMANbroadway! • • • Two-time Academy Award Nominee and one-time Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper! ELEPHANTMANbroadway • • • Patricia Clarkson asked for a shoe shot and we were more than happy to oblige. ELEPHANTMANbroadway • • • The magnificent Patricia Clarkson! ELEPHANTMANbroadway • • • Alessandro Nivola! ELEPHANTMANbroadway • • • We’re live at the ELEPHANTMAN press event! Stay tuned for updates! • • •

Foursquare’s First Brand Campaign Takes a Foodie Approach

For the next six weeks, New Yorkers and Chicagoans will see ads from Foursquare on their commutes as well as in their smartphone-based social media streams. The multimillion-dollar effort is the mobile app’s first brand campaign, and the food-driven creative clearly takes on Yelp and Urbanspoon.

“The ads really go after the idea that we all have different tastes and different friends,” said Jeff Glueck, chief operating officer of the New York-based tech company. “We shouldn’t always get the same recommendations. The local and travel guides of today could be much better with personalization. So the copy will again and again say, ‘The new Foursquare learns what you like and leads you to places you love.’”

It’s the latest appeal by Foursquare—which Glueck says now has 55 million registered users—to shed its reputation as a check-in app in favor of becoming known as a mobile discovery tool. The five-year-old app hasn’t grown at a similar clip to Gen Y-based mobile apps such as WhatsApp, Viber, Tango and Kik. But it wants to attract a larger audience by positioning itself as something folks of all stripes utilize.

“The idea of sharing location with your friends might seem a very hipster, millennial kind of phenomena, and it might have been polarizing,” the COO said. “We are trying to educate people to try the new Foursquare. You don’t have to share your location. You don’t have to check in to enjoy it. The campaign is targeted to people aged 20 to 50.”

His company’s promos will appear on 10 percent of New York City and Chicago’s commuter trains (in the case of the Windy City, the famed elevated “L” train will be in play), as well as bus shelters and kiosks. The ads will also appear on Chicago’s bike-share locations.

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Amazon Kindle Voyage, a High-End E-Reader that Beats Hardcovers
New York Times/State of the Art – by FARHAD MANJOO

The Voyage, which has a display that is on par with the high-resolution displays now found on most of our other mobile devices, is Amazon’s thinnest Kindle.Credit

Amazon’s Kindle is a tech-industry miracle. That sounds over-the-top; it’s not.

In 2007, when the company first unveiled its e-reader, the device was an expensive ugly duckling whose future looked marginal at best. The first Kindle, which sold for $400 and was made by a company that had no track record in hardware, had a lot to overcome: the reluctance of the book industry to change its business model, the sentimentality of readers for the printed book, and its egregious industrial design, which looked like the product of the Soviet space program.

Worst of all, the Kindle was a dedicated machine. Its only purpose was to let you read books that you purchased from Amazon’s online store. In the age of smartphones and apps, when a single phone does just about everything, most dedicated devices have had a rough ride. Sales of snapshot cameras and digital have crashed because their functions were eaten by phones.

But not the Kindle. Amazon’s e-reader hasn’t merely survived, but thrived, thanks to a single-minded focus on the needs of obsessive readers. Each year Amazon slightly improved the Kindle’s prices, hardware and software, making it more competitive with print, and roiling the publishing industry in the process.

Now, with its newest Kindle, the Voyage, Amazon is refining its e-reader once more. The Voyage’s main trick is a high-resolution display that mimics the look of a printed page. Text on its screen appears at a resolution of 300 pixels an inch, which is on par with the high-resolution displays now found on most of our other mobile devices.

Compared with  previous Kindles, text on the Kindle Voyage appears both sharper and in starker relief against the background. Graphics, like charts and graphs, look just as clear as they do in any black-and-white book.

The effect is beguiling. If you look at the new Kindle for any stretch of time, you don’t just forget that you’re reading an e-book; you forget that you’re using any kind of electronic device at all.

Amazon says the Voyage offers a better approximation of print than has ever been available on an e-reader, but for me, it’s far better than that. It offers the visual clarity of printed text with the flexibility of an electronic device.

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Tony Award-winner Victoria Clark and three-time Tony Award-nominee Dee Hoty join the cast of GIGI

Complete principal casting has been announced for the new Broadway production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s beloved Oscar and Tony Award-winning film and stage musical, GigiVictoria Clark, who won a Tony Award for her luminous performance in The Light in the Piazza and was also Tony-nominated for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and Sister Act, will star as Mamita Alvarez.  Dee Hoty, who has starred on Broadway in City of Angels, Me and My Girl and Mamma Mia! and is a three-time Tony Award nominee for The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and Footloose, will star as Aunt Alicia.  Gigi also stars Vanessa Hudgens in the title role, two-time Tony Award-nominee Howard McGillin (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera) as Honore Lachaille, Corey Cott (Newsies) as Gaston Lachaille and Steffanie Leigh (Mary Poppins) as Liane d’Exelmans.

Gigi will be directed by Eric Schaeffer (Follies, Million Dollar Quartet), in a re-envisioned adaptation by British playwright and BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Heidi Thomas (“Call the Midwife,” “Cranford,” “Upstairs, Downstairs”).  Emmy Award-winner Joshua Bergasse (On the Town, “Smash”) will choreograph the production.

Gigi will play a pre-Broadway engagement in the Eisenhower Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (David M. Rubenstein, chairman, Deborah F. Rutter, president) in Washington, D.C. from January 16-February 12, 2015.  Opening night is January 29, 2015.

Tickets for the Kennedy Center engagement are on sale to the general public.  Visit for further details. Gigi will open on Broadway in 2015 following the Kennedy Center engagement.

Victoria Clark (Mamita Alvarez) won Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for The Light in the Piazza. Her Broadway credits include Cinderella (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Sister Act (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Snow Geese at Manhattan Theatre Club, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Urinetown, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, A Grand Night for Singing, Sunday in the Park With George. Encores!: Follies, Juno, Bye Bye Birdie. Off-Broadway: When The Rain Stops Falling (Drama Desk nomination), A Prayer for My Enemy, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Agony and the Agony, Marathon Dancing. Follies (LA). Film: Archeology of a Woman, Harvest, The Happening, Tickling Leo, Main Street, Cradle Will Rock. Television: “Law & Order,” “Mercy,” Ma Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath” at Carnegie Hall; frequent appearances with symphony orchestras, including New York Philharmonic.  She is a Master Teacher in the US and abroad and is currently Artist-in-Residence for the Musical Theater program at Pace School of the Performing Arts, where she is currently directing The Light in the Piazza, opening October 29 at the Sheen Center.  Board member: New York City Center and Kurt Weill Foundation.

Dee Hoty (Aunt Alicia) earned three Tony nominations for starring roles in Footloose, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and The Will Rogers Follies.  She starred on Broadway and in eight major U.S. cities (including at the National) as Donna in Mamma Mia! More Broadway:  Bye Bye Birdie (Roundabout), City of Angels (Outer Critics nomination), Me and My Girl, Big River, The Five O’Clock Girl and Shakespeare’s Cabaret. Other highlights: Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop, Polly in Other Desert Cities, tours of 9 to 5 (Violet), Barnum (opposite Stacy Keach), Doctor Dolittle (opposite Tommy Tune), Phyllis in Follies (Paper Mill Playhouse, cast recording), Kay Thompson in Stormy Weather (Barrymore Award, L.A. Ovation Award nomination).  Film and TV: “Elementary,” “Smash,” “Law and Order(s),” soaps, commercials, voiceovers, recordings, cabaret work.  Most recently, Dee created the role of Eve Walker in Rich Girl at the George Street Playhouse and the Cleveland Play House, as well as Dr. Alexandra Bloomfield in The Preacher and the Shrink at the Beckett Theatre in NYC.   She has discovered that coaching and giving Master Classes bring her the joy of ‘paying it forward.’ She is an Otterbein College graduate/ Honorary Doctorate and a proud Equity member.

The cast also features Cameron Adams, Max Clayton, Madeleine Doherty, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Hannah Florence, Allison Jantzie, Brian Ogilvie, Ian Paget, James Patterson, Justin Prescott, Manuel Stark, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Amos Wolff and Ashley Yeater.

Scenic design is by Tony Award-winner Derek McLane, costume design is by five-time Tony Award winner Catherine Zuber, lighting design is by four-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz and sound design is by Tony Award nominee Kai Harada.  Hair design is by David Brian Brown.  Musical director is James Moore.  Orchestrations are by August Eriksmoen.  Vocal and incidental music arrangement is by Matt Aument.  Dance music arrangements are by Sam Davis.

Based on the 1944 novel by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage in 1951 by Anita Loos, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role; then, following their success with My Fair Lady, the team of Alan Jay Lerner (screenplay and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music) adapted the material for the 1958 movie musical, winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  The film, directed by Vincente Minnelli, is widely considered the last great MGM movie musical, and is beloved for its wit, charm and sumptuous costume and production design.  GIGI includes such numbers as “Thank Heaven for Little Girls,” “I Remember It Well” “The Night They Invented Champagne” and the Oscar-winning title song, “Gigi”.  Gigi also won the Tony Award for Best Score in 1974.

This new adaptation of Gigi will feature all of the songs from the movie, including two songs, “The Parisians” and “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight,” which were dropped from the previous stage version.  The production also includes four songs written and added to the score by Lerner and Loewe in 1973, “Paris is Paris Again,” “I Never Want to Go Home Again,” “The Contract,” and “In This Wide, Wide World.”

Gigi is produced by Jenna Segal.  General management is by Foresight Theatrical.

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The Afternoon Report, Monday, October 20, 2014

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Monday, October 20, 2014

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RT @THR: THE BELLE OF AMHERST‘: Theater Review • • • RT @KennedyTwits: Review: Emily Dickinson comes out of the shadows (from @AP) • • • RT @broadwaycom: Exclusive photos! @RealJudyMcLane & cast celebrate 13 years @MAMMAMIAMusical on Broadway • • • RT @BuzzFeedEnt: @dannypudi Preparing For Career Beyond #Community-@AtlanticTheater #FOUNDATC • • • Break a leg, #JohnHawkes and @traciethoms! @MTC_NYC’s #LOSTLAKE begins performances tomorrow. • • • RT @ EVincentelli: Joely Richardson is wry, self-aware (stay with me!) Emily Dickinson in well-made ‘THE BELLE OF AMHERST.’ My review • • • RT @broadwayworld: BWW TV: Inside Opening Night of @AtlanticTheater @FOUNDthemusical with @huntbell @texplush @elibolin & More! • • • RT @LouisPeitzman: I talk to @dannypudi making his musical theater debut @FOUNDthemusical, Community @AtlanticTheater • • • RT @KennedyTwits: Creator of FOUND magazine amazed by musical (from @AP) @foundthemusical #FoundATC @AtlanticTheater • • • RT @playbill: Joely Richardson feels the opening night love at THE BELLE OF AMHERST • • •

The LinkedIn Effect: Why Social Media Is Now Mandatory for Success
Forbes – by RICK SMITH

Call it the “LinkedIn Effect.” Social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook have changed the nature of human interaction forever.

Certainly, social media is now pervasive among young and old alike for social purposes; it is fun, sometimes voyeuristic, and often unexpectedly entertaining. Yet for professionals seeking to achieve the highest levels of position and impact, it is no longer an optional activity. Long-term career success is now dependent upon it.

Why? The reason is folded into our brains, which have evolved greatly over time in order to manage our personal networks. Within each of our networks, different people play different roles. Sociologists label those in our inner circle — family, best friends from high school or college, longtime co-workers and perhaps a handful of others — as “strong ties.” These are people we stay in close touch with and have frequent interaction. We share a common experience.

Then there is the larger circle, the acquaintances we are not nearly as close to. We know who they are and we know how they relate to us, and would likely join them for a cup of coffee if we ran into them unexpectedly. But sometimes we let years pass without direct interaction. These are our “weak ties.”

Both strong and weak ties are mirrored in our professional networks. This much is not surprising, given the uniformity of how we organize and grow and live, dating back to the earliest humans.  But what may surprise you is the difference in relative importance of these two groups in our life’s journey.

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Manhattan Theatre Club Presents Fall Benefit Honoring Tony Award Winner Daniel Sullivan


Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce Manhattan Theatre Club will present its Fall Benefit, honoring longtime MTC collaborator, Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. The evening will feature appearances by some of Broadway’s biggest names: Danny Burstein (The Snow Geese), Raúl Esparza (The Homecoming), Boyd Gaines (The Columnist), Heather MacRae who appeared in the 1968 production of Hair which Sullivan served as assistant director, Frances McDormand (Good People), Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole), friend and colleague Jack O’Brien, Mary-Louise Parker (Proof), and David Hyde Pierce (Accent on Youth).

The Fall Benefit will take place Monday, November 10 at The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Fredrick P. Rose Hall (Broadway & 60th Street).

Richard Maltby Jr. (Ain’t Misbehavin’) is helping to conceive and will direct the evening.  The creative team will include John Lee Beatty, Japhy Weideman, and Dan Gerhard.

Sullivan, the Tony Award-winning director of Proof, has enjoyed a long relationship with Manhattan Theatre Club. He holds the unique distinction of having directed more shows at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre than any other director – an unprecedented nine productions. This season at MTC, Sullivan is directing Donald Margulies’ The Country House on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and David Auburn’s Lost Lake at MTC’s Off-Broadway home at New York City Center – Stage I. His other MTC credits include The Snow Geese, The Columnist, Good People, Time Stands Still, Accent on Youth, Rabbit Hole, After The Night and the Music, Brooklyn Boy, and Sight Unseen. Sullivan also has a prolific career directing commercial productions on Broadway including: Orphans, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Merchant of Venice, The Homecoming, Prelude to a Kiss, Julius Caesar, I’m Not Rappaport, Morning’s at Seven, The Sisters Rosensweig, and The Heidi Chronicles. He was Acting Artistic Director at MTC for the 2007-08 season and served as Artistic Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre from 1981-1997.

Fiona Kirk, Bethany Millard, Sue Slager, Sharon Sullivan, and Lisa Towbin are co-chairs of the event.

The Fall Benefit begins with cocktails at 7 PM followed by dinner at 8 PM with the performance beginning at approximately 9:15 PM. All proceeds from this annual event will support MTC’s mission as a leading non-profit theatre company producing contemporary plays on and off-Broadway, nurturing new talent through our Artistic Development Program, and developing the next generation of theatregoers and theatre makers through our esteemed Education Program.

Individual tickets for MTC’s Fall Benefit are $3,000, $2,500, and $2,000. Tickets include cocktails, dinner, and the show. Tables of 10 are also available for $30,000, $25,000, and $20,000. Tickets can be purchased at or for more information, call (212) 399-3000 x4145.

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