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Archive for January, 2010

So, we’re basically at the middle of the 2009-2010 theater season. Despite the worrisome economy, there are still lots of shows out on The Road. Here are just a few of the many features and reviews from around the country:

THE WEDDING SINGER

CATS

RENT

WICKED

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

IN THE HEIGHTS

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN

JERSEY BOYS

DREAMGIRLS

THE COLOR PURPLE

101 DALMATIANS

HAIRSPRAY

LEGALLY BLONDE

A CHORUS LINE

AVENUE Q

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

THE DROWSY CHAPERONE

ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THE 39 STEPS

MARY POPPINS

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APAP 2010

One of the biggest theater conferences related to The Road is APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters). A lot goes on in the three or four days that this conference takes place. There are panels, showcases, networking sessions and the Expo Hall, which is basically where booking agents set up booths to promote the shows they are selling. APAP is a great opportunity to meet presenters, booking agents, a diverse array of artists, and to get your own project out there. That said, there are LOTS of people trying to do the same thing, so there’s a potential to get lost in the shuffle. If you’re attending the conference for the first time, see if the APAP conference staff can provide you with a mentor. I was a mentor at APAP a few years back, and was glad to answer questions and help the people I was matched with feel less overwhelmed by the experience. Don’t worry if you don’t have a mentor though. Just organize your time wisely, (it goes quick and there’s lots going on!) and don’t feel shy about networking with people. One bit of advice though, especially in the Expo Hall where business is being conducted, try not to interrupt a conversation, and if you are making a pitch, keep it short and sweet!

Have fun, and good luck!

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