"Why do you want to be on Broadway?"
TEDxBroadway 2013 Series (Part I)
George Takei is not a name one would necessarily associate with Broadway. Neither is Randi Zuckerberg or Susan Salgado. And yet these individuals, along with 14 others, were speakers at this year's TEDxBroadway conference on Janury 28th. These highly successful and inventive individuals gathered together in front of a 450 member audience to discuss the future of Broadway. The big question posed was "What's the best that Broadway can be -- on stage, in the community, and throughout the world?"
In this three-part opinion series, Signature Theatre staff look at their favorite talks from the TEDxBroadway 2013 conference sharing thoughts, insights, and an analysis of the issues facing the theatre industry at large and how Signature Theatre is handling them. Read Part II here.
“What William Goldman said about
goes double on Broadway: nobody knows anything. And that means that there's only one reason for you to be on Broadway--and that's to have fun. Hollywood
Assassins with the stage as a reflection of the audience
|The cast of Assassins|
Show Boat… with no boat
“What is being fondly called “No Boat” (no two-tiered riverboat is recreated onstage) may or may not be the future of this lavish, rarely performed show.”
Hello, Dolly! with no grand staircase
“Dusting off the script, Director
Eric Schaeffer has created a fresh new Dolly that is personal, heartfelt, and engaging.”
– Mark Beachy, MD Theatre Guide
“The Signature experiment works on many levels. Bringing the production down to an intimate scale assuredly makes the characters more accessible, even when crooning those familiar larger-than-life numbers.”
– Paul Harris, Variety
There are shows I have forgotten or wish I could forget, but the breath-taking image of a magic ring of candles descending from the sky in Shakespeare’s R&J is a memory I will always cherish. Those are the kind of risks that make Signature great.
|A magical moment in Shakespeare's R&J|
I only hope we can all live up to his challenge.
Read the full text of Teachout’s talk here.
Check out the rest of the talks from TEDxBroadway 2013 here.