Pressing the pause button today of all days.

Last week, I blogged about the importance of pressing the pause button during difficult negotiations.

Today, I’m going to use the same phrase for a much more important reason . . .

Now that we’ve passed the 10th Anniversary of September 11th and distanced ourselves further and further from that tragic day, I hear it mentioned more casually in conversations about the Broadway business.

“September 11th changed the way we discount forever.”

“We are still recovering from the post-9/11 consumer buying patterns.”

“Is the 9/11 Play market over-saturated?”

Now, these are all important comments and questions about our industry in relation to this tragic event.

But, it’s important to remember, especially today, on the 11th Anniversary of the attacks, that none of that crap really matters at all.

It was my 2nd day of work as the Company Manager on the Roundabout production of Assassins (that was subsequently canceled) when the planes hit the towers.  And today, I’m going to press the pause button on my busy business day for a moment, and remember those innocent people who lost their lives during their busy business day eleven years ago.  And I’ll say a prayer for their families who I’m sure will struggle to get through their busy business day today.

It’s easy to get caught up with Business and Broadway and blah, blah, blah . . . especially when you blog about it daily.  🙂

And that’s why it’s important for all of us to press pause and remember . . . and then never forget.


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