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Broadway Across America Theatrical Conference 2012 Key West, FL

I just arrived back from Broadway Across America’s biennial theatre industry conference. This conference has been around for many years and is where all the top industry professionals involved in producing and presenting from around North America and other continents converge in a warm and inviting setting in chilly January to see what hot projects Broadway Across America has cooking, as well as other producers.

The BAA conference is always jam-packed with lively and informative panels with top people in the field. A major theme this year related to technology and how emerging programs and platforms are beginning to support the theatre industry’s foray into dynamic pricing, and also how mobile and tablet devices will most definitely be key in driving more sales and excitement around shows.

Also at the conference were entertaining glimpses of several productions that are currently in development or on the boards, and which you will likely see on Broadway, and potentially on the Road sometime in the next several years. These creative presentations included highlights from GHOST, HANDS ON A HARDBODY, FLASHDANCE, LEAP OF FAITH and ONCE, among others.

Despite the still shaky economy, the mood at the conference was bright and the outlook for the industry extremely positive. There was a great deal of excitement about the creative presentations and a warm sense of community amongst the attendees throughout the magical 3-day gathering. I was reminded once again of how fortunate I am to be in such a special field that is unlike any other.

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This is more coverage related to my previous posts about the burgeoning musical theatre industry in China. Interesting declaration at the end of the article…

‘So Far Off Broadway It’s in China’

Not sure this is in any way connected to China’s interest in importing and creating Broadway-style musicals, but it seems telling, at least to me, that there happen to be TWO prominent shows currently being produced in New York that have Chinese/American communications at the heart of their themes in David Henry Hwang’s CHINGLISH and Zayd Dohrn’s OUTSIDE PEOPLE.

Could all this be an indicator pointing to the Arts as a viable road leading towards improved diplomacy and mutual understanding between the U.S. and China?

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It may be a new year, but we’re only at about the halfway mark of the 11-12 touring season. Want to see what critics have been saying about the various 11-12 tours so far? Just check out these links below…

WICKED – Pittsburgh

SHREK – Yakima

MEMPHIS – Memphis

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET – Cleveland

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Toronto

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – Regina

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Palm Beach

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – El Paso

BILLY ELLIOT – Philadelphia

ROCK OF AGES – Akron

LES MISERABLES – Minneapolis

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES – Chicago

MAMMA MIA! – Columbus

AMERICAN IDIOT – Toronto

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Calgary

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