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How one Hamilton fan made Taran Killam cry (Entertainment Weekly) [x]:

[…] “The most meaningful audience experience I’ve had happened when I was watching the first or second row from on stage, and there was this family with a daughter who was probably 6 or 7. She was clearly affected. Her dad kept checking on her, looking over to make sure she was okay,” he says. “And there was chin quivering, and she had her hands up over her mouth and she was just locked in. Her mother was holding her, her dad was looking at her, and I was just so touched. I’m already pretty emotionally affected from the show — even 40 shows in.

“And then I went out the stage door and they were there! And I lost my mind,” he adds with a laugh. “I literally broke down to this family — I told them they were such wonderful audience members and how it meant so much to me. I started crying. I mean, I lost it. And then they sent me a card! The little girl drew a picture of me and said, ‘I loved coming to the show.‘” Killam stops talking briefly, eyes suddenly quite wet, before laughing again. “Oh, I can’t even handle it.” […]

Before each performance, cast members can see the list of which celebrities are in attendance. Some choose not to look.

“I don’t like to know,” said Leslie Odom, Jr., who plays Aaron Burr. “There’s a list that exists before every show that has all the ‘fancies’, so you can know if you’d like to know…. At this point, we all know backstage who likes to know. Chris doesn’t mind knowing, Daveed doesn’t really like to know.”

Daveed Diggs, who plays Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, said he’s fine as long as the celebrities aren’t sitting in the first five rows – which are the only faces he can really make out because he has bad eyesight. “Y’all are people,” he says, gesturing to the audience in rows 1-5, and “Y’all are just shapes,” he says to the back of the theater.

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“First of all, I’m an actor. It fulfills me…I’m so gratified that I can make a living at doing what I enjoy doing, but I also am a social justice advocate and activist and I’ve always felt that movies and television theatre, the media, are a powerful way to convey a story and shape people’s perceptions. In fact we were put into these barbed wire prison camps because of the perceptions, the stereotypes that been sold by the media. So to be able to fuse my soul as an actor and my passion as a social justice activist with the opportunity to tell the story of the internment of Japanese-Americans as a musical on Broadway, we shared within the Japanese-American community the values our culture and our strength and our anguish and we did it to music.

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“Hamilton” and the new “Harry Potter” play are the hottest theatrical shows of the moment, with “Hamilton” outgrossing everything else on Broadway, and Harry, Hermione and Ron drawing hordes of muggles to London’s West End.


But success has a side effect: Both shows have fallen prey to high-tech scalpers who harvest large quantities of seats and resell them at exorbitant markups. “Hamilton” has been hit particularly hard: When it first opened on Broadway, nearly 80 percent of seats were purchased by automated ticket bots, and for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s final performance, resellers were seeking an average of $10,900 a seat.


Now, as “Hamilton” prepares to open in London this fall and “Harry Potter” plans to open on Broadway next year, the producers of both shows are aggressively trying to contain scalping, a long-festering problem for the entertainment industry that has been exacerbated by technology. The producers of “Hamilton” are trying an unusual approach for theater — paperless ticketing — while the producers of “Harry Potter” are refusing to accept resold tickets.


And in the United States and Britain, policy makers are tackling the issue anew, concerned about the effect of industrialized scalping on consumers and artists.


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Picture this: Instead of receiving a traditional ticket from the box office or a facsimile printed at home, you just get an email confirming your purchase. Then, on the day of the show, you have to bring the same credit card you used for the purchase — as well as the email confirmation and a photo ID — and run the credit card through a scanner to get in. The theory is that requiring the same credit card for purchase and entrance should complicate efforts by would-be resellers.


“Going to the theater is expensive enough as it is with the money that you need to charge to put these big shows on, so it’s absolutely ridiculous for it to be inflated by third parties,” Mr. Mackintosh said.


There are downsides: It makes it harder to purchase tickets as gifts, and there is a risk of congestion or confusion at the theater doors. And the method is not fail-safe. On the day “Hamilton” tickets went on sale in London, with a face value of up to $200, tickets were already being promoted for resale at up to $6,000. Their validity was unknown — the show has vowed to cancel resold tickets — but in theory, a reseller could try to circumvent the system by accompanying customers to the show.


For now, paperless ticketing does not appear to be an option in New York, which restricts such sales. There, “Hamilton” has tried a different approach: reducing the effect of resellers by canceling suspect purchases, and, more recently, by raising prices at the box office to more closely reflect the tickets’ perceived market value. […]

anonymous asked:

You know I remember sometime last year (I think it might've been Hedwig stage door) D saying that ideally he wanted to not perform at Elsie & act mostly as producer. I got a feeling that's at least partly so he could keep *certain* managers in check & maybe not have to involve *certain* companies, or their baggage. But this year he obviously couldn't do much w/ CG stuff & ACS. So ofc m/Ricky/etc took advantage. Hopefully he can eventually reclaim Elsie & make it what he always wanted

Anon, it was clear to me last year that Ricky and that woman ran away with Elsie and tried to make it all about them.  Darren was so passionate and enthusiastic about the first one, and that completely changed last year.   He barely marketed it until the end.

I assume Ricky looked at this as a huge way to make money and somehow wrangled his way into a partnership (I would have to speculate something stipulated in a contract allowed him to do this). Sad for him, he lacks the organization skills to organize this thing properly and that hurt last year in terms of attendance (no notice for a holiday weekend was a major error). And his lack of skills has been apparent this year as well with the website mess and his failure to even simply say, it will all be GA, until 2 hours before tix went on sale.

As for her, we all know what she does. Both years thus far I have had the misfortune of watching her wander and desperately seek attention from the crowd. I do believe her goal is to take all of the attention away from the performers on the stage (not possible as they all outshine her in every way).  It would not shock me if her family was involved financially in some way. And while I am aware that they no longer own the Bowery Presents, they still have some entities under that umbrella and they still have those connections.

What I can say though, speaking from experience, thus far, what has happened on stage has not been impacted.  Both years, I found the festival to be highly entertaining.  And that is a testament to Darren and the amazing talent he has been able to line up.

This year will be interesting.  We all know why Lea is performing.  I am fine with it, she is a talented girl, I look forward to the Battlefield duet (I am hoping for this) but no question Ricky made some deal with her management. That has been clear for months.

Alan of course will be endlessly entertaining. He has been a fav or mine since I first saw him in Cabaret.

I too really hope for Darren that he gets this back. It was his concept that he nurtured. He has used his connections to put together an amazing group of performers to entertain Broadway fans.  It is wonderful for him, it is amazing for Broadway, and it is great for the city.  And hopefully, some day very soon, he will be able to take back full control of it.  And make it the festival he originally envisioned.

I know I say this a lot, but I look forward to the day when the group of them spectacularly fall and are left with nothing.  And have to sit back and watch as Darren continues to rise and exceed all expectations.

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Omg you guys. Last night i found out that this good friend of mine ACTUALLY KNOWS AARON TVEIT. LIKE FOR REAL.

(We’ve know each other less than a year. And last night this brand new information just came out).

I’m at a beach house with some friends and this guy started singing Les Mis (OF COURSE) and i just turned my head and say: is that Les Mis? He goes: yeap. I love it. You know the movie? Me: of course.

Him: well, i actually know one of the actor? Aaron Tveit?

My head did a full 360. My heart skipped 3 beats. I didn’t even bother to hide my excitement. YOU KNOW AARON TVEIT?!?!?!?!?!?!?! LIKE I LOVE HIM. NO NO, YOU DONT UNDERSTAND. I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE HIM.

He’s like: yeap. When i was in high school i was an exchanged student at his old high school (my friend is probably like 8-10 years younger than Aaron).

Well, my friend joined the school theater program and was cast as the lead in their production of The Fiddler on the roof. He was Tevye. Well, my friend and his (and Aaron’s former) theater teacher/director (Mr. Bennet) became super close and the teacher took my friend to see CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.

They went to a show before it officially opened and then to another one after it opened. My friend was front row.

The professor introduced them and my friend says that IT IS TRUE. AARON IS INDEED ONE OF THE NICEST PEOPLE HE’S EVER MET. They talked a lot about broadway, the entertainment business, how hard is to be an actor.

My friend said HE IS GORGEOUS AND JUST A KIND KIND HUMAN BEING.

While my friend was still in NYC they kept in touch and my friend almost went to the Tonys with Mr Bennet. He then talked to Aaron about the awards and all.

LIKE OMG. OMG. OMG.

It took me all night to process this information. Still am processing.

Idk. I just wanted to share my (sort of) cute Aaron Tveit story. I still love him.

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So the news is, Grumpy Cat will be joining the show tomorrow night - http://www.ew.com/article/2016/09/29/grumpy-cat-cats-broadway?xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter

I suspect this will be more in the line of her bring brought in at the finale…  But this seemed to be a good excuse to find previous examples of Cats with cats!

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