My 5 Friday Finds: Willy Wonka ain’t got nothing on this.

Thanks for all the great feedback on my first Friday Finds blog from last week. I’ll keep ’em coming!

Here are the five things I found fascinating this week.

  1.  Candytopia

Part exhibit, part art installation, part giant merchandising extravaganza, this event is one of the hottest (sweetest?) tickets in town. And they can do more than 8 shows a week. The “exhibit” market is a huge one these days. Hamilton is even getting in the game. What’s next? (I bet you can come up with an idea.)

  1. Press Agents Know All The Gossip

My very first press agent was the one I called to find out anything about everything and everyone. This week, story-spinner and veteran wag, Susan L. Schulman, published her 2nd Volume of Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales From A Press Agent. Find out what a PA does and read lots of good dish here.

  1. A Guide to Theater Etiquette

Candy wrappers, kids, cell phones and more are covered in this read from Time Out New York. Not sure I agree with everything, but it made a fun read as it has the usual snobby snark I associate with Time Out.

  1. The Band’s Visit Recoups!

If Vegas bookies took bets on TBV recouping its $8.5mm capitalization two years ago, they would have lost their shirts on paying out those long odds. But recoup it did, proving that once again there are no sure things and there are no non-sure things. And its success furthers my belief that we’re in the independent theatre era.

  1. Table Top Shakespeare?

Forced Entertainment brought their unique “Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare” to the Skirball Center this week, capturing my eye for two reasons. One, they’ve taken Bill’s classic plays and condensed them, giving us more content in less time (sounds like watching YouTube videos, doesn’t it? See where I’m going?) and two, they put the audience onstage. How many shows will have audiences in actual theater seats twenty years from now? (Table Top performs through Monday if you want to check it out. More here.)


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