I love holidays. Family, food, and big box office numbers. Mmm, mmm, good.
In addition to being thankful for the flock of tourists coming to town from now through New Year's, here is a list of my ten other theatrical thankfuls this year.
1. The Producers of Avenue Q had the courage to try an unprecedented downsize with their move Off-Broadway. By doing so they kept over 50 people employed and just may have opened up a whole new 'avenue' of distribution for Broadway shows of a certain size.
2. I got the rights to a book called Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage. It'll be the female version of Defending The Caveman. Give me 12 months max, and it'll be up.
3. I moved into a new office, and already it feels like we're ready for something bigger. Offices are like aquariums . . . always get the bigger one, because when you get it home, you're going to want it.
4. The Independent Theater Bloggers Association (The ITBA) was formed and now has 40+ members! The bod chose a group of award winners for the 2008-2009 season, and at the same time just may have unofficially declared the start of the new media revolution in the theatrical industry.
5. My Dad had a subdural hematoma, had emergency brain surgery, and is now better than ever (ok, that's not theatrical, but if anything deserved a standing ovation on this list, it would be this one).
6. Thanks in part to new management and in part to NPH, the Tony Awards ratings were up 20% in key demos!
7. My investors, as well as a whole slew of theatrical investors, stayed in the theatrical waters this past year, despite the choppy economy. They understand that investing in the theater is like investing in the market. Diversify, stay in the game, and the one that we're all waiting for will come.
8. Michael Riedel at the NY Post mentioned the BroadwaySpace.com "50 Most Powerful People on Broadway" article in his column not once, but twice. I'm thankful that I only commissioned the article and didn't write it, because I heard there were some really happy people and some really peeved people.
9. Leslie Arden signed on to write music and lyrics for Somewhere In Time. After several years of searching for the right person, I found her. I felt like Richard Collier himself. The first reading will take place in the summer of 2010, if not sooner.
10. Finally, I'm thankful for my readers. Not only have you multipled over the last 12 months, but the comments and discussions that are emerging on the blog are exactly why I started writing in the first place. We're increasing the volume of the conversation about making Broadway, Off-Broadway and theater in general work, both artistically and financially. And when we do that, we all benefit.
Enjoy your T-day. Just remember . . .
Eat a turkey. Don't produce one.