What Broadway can learn from the Governmental Shutdown.

Broadway Government ShutdownEffin’ politicians.

Just when you think things can’t get any worse, they do.  Like Cats and Dogs and Jets and Sharks, these guys just can’t seem to get along.

And it just seems to be all about them . . . rather than all about us.

You made us sign this, so we’re not going to sign that, and we want to pass that, but since you didn’t pass that, well, “Nanny, nanny boo boo, stick your head in poo-poo.”

It’s childish, foolish . . . and just downright selfish.

And I thought Broadway had some dysfunction!

While we’re definitely not as bad as our elected (!) officials, we’ve had our moments, and if we don’t watch it, I wouldn’t be surprised if we were in a similar situation someday.

Because we too are faced with a challenging economic environment, and a business that needs rebuilding . . . and at times we’ve had Producers fighting with Producers and Agents fighting with General Managers who are fighting with Unions who are screaming at Producers and so on.  I want this and I want that and give me more and pay you less and I’m still mad at what you did to me on the last show!

And you know what happens when we do that?

The audience turns their back on us . . . and turns on Netflix.

Egos are in every industry.  And they are certainly having quite a revival in Washington.

But it’s imperative to remember when you’re leading an industry, it’s not about you.  It’s not about me.  It’s about them.


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