Today BroadwayGlobal shares its' mission from conception, that also coincides with The Broadway League's new site www.broadway.org. The new "one stop shopping for arts and theatre" promoting resource websites that offer comprehensive information for the arts.
We must all share and support arts websites not just for artists, but for patrons who support those artists, including actors, directors, playwrights, composers, lyricists, singers, dancers, designers, and choreographers, set builders, back stage, box office, house staff, musicians, etc.. Could new sites and smart phone apps offer just one click to honor the next Tony Award winner?
The Broadway League launched their new website www.Broadway.org just a short time ago. They also say it is "The Official One-Stop Destination for Broadway Tickets and Information in New York City and Across North America", offering one absolute site for New York and Broadway Touring productions. BroadwayGlobal shares the good, bad, and the ugly about one stop shopping for the arts.
Resources that are dedicated to providing theatre-goers around the world with information about all Broadway shows-both in New York, North America and soon the globe are a must for the survival of the arts. Many sites offer arts information, but take you to individual unofficial sites that don't have all the information, or are making money off you not being educated in purchasing tickets, leaving some vacationers without real Broadway tickets, or with expensive fees for purchasing them.
BroadwayGlobal and Theatre Chat offer the information "from the people for the people". Neither BroadwayGlobal or Theatre Chat need to sell tickets to survive, or make monies off you purchasing theatre tickets. The Broadway League offers information on corporate partnerships and event sponsorships with Broadway and the Tony Awards. You will see below why that is important information as well so keep reading, leave comments and don't forget to click the share button when your done.
So a website offered by The Broadway League that is willing to direct you to official sites is a big undertaking, and we commend them for doing so. The consumer, artists and patrons will be much more at ease finding the information on their new official site www.broadway.org than fake sites or money making scams. The Broadway League with The American Theatre Wing, support events like the Tony Awards and have creditability because they honor shows and talents each year that make Broadway what it is today and what it will be in the future.
Broadway.org now combines two previously existing sites: www.ilovenytheater.com, specifically targeted to Broadway shows in New York, and www.touringbroadway.com, which was Broadway League's official website for Touring Broadway productions in nearly 200 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. With improved functionality, the new Broadway.org site continues to be the official source of information and provider of direct access to all things Broadway.
Where BroadwayGlobal and Broadway.org both agree is this, "Broadway is a state of mind rather than a set geographical location." Their "ultimate goal is to provide a premier one-stop consumer site for show information and official ticketing links, combining Broadway and Touring Broadway in a central location and under a single site identity," says Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of The Broadway League. "If you want to see a Broadway show, regardless if you are home or out-of-town, you can go to Broadway.org to find out where and when it's playing, and easily buy your tickets from the authorized source."
"Many of you have already noticed that when you go to purchase Broadway tickets that the website link no longer take you directly to that theatre or show site itself. Many of the Broadway shows have combined one place, or shall we say "one company link", (not to be mentioned in this article). That "one company" has been chosen by the list of producers of each Broadway show on that site to sell you those Broadway tickets, and this is good and bad, depending how you look at it.
The producers now have control to get you directly to "one source/one company" instead of a company that has purchased huge blocks of Broadway show tickets, and is selling them with hidden fees or pricing. That is a good thing. But!, now with all those Broadway shows on "one site" you are at the mercy of those joined producers who hired that "one company". Mercy?, because they too can join to set the price of every Broadway show as a group, even though they did not produce the Broadway show you are buying, they are all joined as Broadway producers with "one company" to sell the Broadway seats, on one offered web link, and this is why BroadwayGlobal has not chosen that route.
"We do not make monies from any Broadway website, or by the sale of Broadway theatre tickets. As a not for profit we have been very careful not to except donations from Broadway producers, theares, marketing companies... We truly are the Broadway breaking news, from the people for the people, and we will stick with that mission as we develop the BroadwayGlobal GPS theatre-goer smart phone app." BroadwayGlobal and Theatre Chat.
Their Broadway.org new site features a deep integration between the New York City and touring shows. Site users can locate theatres across North America where Broadway shows are playing, and link to their official sites for more information. If they are on the page for a Broadway show, they will also be able to easily view its upcoming tour stops; and when on the page for a show on tour, will be able to see that it is also playing in New York and get information on that production.
The new site provides up-to-date show and theatre information in six languages, a guide to hotel and dining options in Manhattan's Theatre District, and general information about Broadway theatre-going. It provides access to show tickets at all price points to current and upcoming shows, direct from the theatres' official ticketing offices in real time, without broker markups.
The thoroughness and simplicity of the new site can be demonstrated with numerous features that are easy to navigate including: Google Maps, Social Media share buttons as examiner offers here in this article, and in our BroadwayGlobal breaking news articles.
Broadway.org is doing what BroadwayGlobal and Theatre Chat have been creating in a smart phone app, and we still might beat them or even join them someday. The ability to search by location, an interactive map to find your show, fellow theatre lover, read a critic from a Facebook friend, and purchasing that ticket by just one click while traveling the Broadway globe, or streets of the New York City theatre district with multi-media galleries is the key.
The Broadway League like our BroadwayGlobal phone app will be able to communicate timely announcements such as holiday schedules, weather advisories, updates on programs such as Kids' Night on Broadway, Broadway in Central Park, special Times Square Broadway events and much more.
"Imagine each theatregoer with a BroadwayGlobal phone app profile, letting you Facebook friend those who have the same interest. Meet up with someone with GPS capabilities that is going to the same Broadway show around the globe, and just as social apps do today offer a Broadway brand offering comprehensive show or audition information for artists and patrons who support them. The app would offer auditions, Broadway shows and a map to take them there. If Casting Agents were smart they would join in the technologies, to someday allow actors to submit themselves by pushing that one click "type casting" button. The future is here! We just have to come together as an arts community, and this is where we agree with broadway.org." BroadwayGlobal.
"Where we differ is this, the BroadwayGlobal phone app would allow you to critic, share and vote for the "Best Broadway Musical of the Year", "Best Actors" and "Actress"etc... Why should those in charge of producing Broadway shows or selling tickets to them around the globe be the individuals to pick the "Best of Broadway"? Should it not be just like The People's Choice Awards, where the theatre goers and artists pick the best of the best, with no inside reason for doing so." Theatre Chat.
The Broadway.org site will also feature a mobile app for Broadway in New York and later this year, and the enhanced app is planned to include touring data. The Broadway League's Digital and Technology team created the new site with the aid of website design firm Lounge Lizard.
For more than a century, Broadway has been considered the pinnacle of live theatrical entertainment. Broadway is where America's greatest playwrights, composers, lyricists, actors, singers, dancers, directors, designers, and choreographers bring great plays and musicals to life. Touring Broadway encompasses first-class, professional productions that bring these shows to fans across North America. Broadway.org and BroadwayGlobal both agree on this.
Join BroadwayGlobal.org on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/BroadwayGlobal or find us on twitter @BroadwayGlobal. Theatre Chat or www.theatrechat.net offers over 30 City/State facebook groups links for Artists and Patrons, sharing over 180,000 shows and auditions post for free. If we come together as arts supporters we can change the globe. Arts are the international language.
Find Theatre Chat on twitter at twitter.com/TheatreChat and send us a message @TheatreChat. With new Facebook hash tags post like this; #BroadwayGlobal, #TheatreChat or #RichardCameron. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your Broadway breaking arts news. Your comments could be spotlighted in examiner soon.
Help share The Broadway League's new site www.broadway.org. BroadwayGlobal.org and Theatre Chat support the leading efforts of The Broadway League, because no matter where you are on the globe, you are just one click away from your next Broadway show. Now click the social media links to share this very important article.
The Broadway League, founded in 1930, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The League's 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers who present in nearly 200 markets in North America, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and on tour across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit www.BroadwayLeague.com , or follow The Broadway League on Twitter @TheBwayLeague or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BroadwayLeague .