50,000 Unique Visitors!

 

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It’s hard for me to believe, but as of yesterday morning (February 9th) around 10am, I have now reached 50,000 unique visitors!!!  I’ve been delightfully surprised at how popular this little blog of mine has become. Now I know it’s no PerezHilton (I only wish) or DrudgeReport (thank god), but I’m extremely proud of this cyber-endeavor.  And I only see bigger numbers ahead – case in point, it took me 13 months to reach my first 25,000 unique visitors, but the next 25k took only 4 months (now averaging between 300-400 views per day).  Pretty cool, huh? 

I have plans for the future, including hiring a few theatre critics as well as blog-exclusive video.  Stay tuned!

Thanks ever so much to all of my theatre-crazy (and, just, simply crazy) readers.  I truly appreciate your interest and return visits.

Cheers, 

Scotty Zacher

Broadway royalty pay their respects to Gerald Schoenfeld, head of Schubert Organization.

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“We called him ‘chairman,” simply ‘chairman,'” Hugh Jackman said in welcoming the celebrity-packed crowd that included Henry Kissinger and Barbara Walters to the memorial service at the Majestic Theatre, home of “The Phantom of the Opera,” one of Schoenfeld’s biggest hits.

alwebber Schoenfeld’s mantra was that if you really believed in something, then nothing and nobody should get in the way of you realizing and achieving your dream.  This theme was echoed throughout the nearly two-hour service, which interspersed speeches with musical numbers from shows — both hits and misses — the Shubert Organization helped bring to Broadway.

Performances included Betty Buckley singing “Memory” from “Cats” and Priscilla Lopez warbling “What I Did for Love” from “A Chorus Line

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Speakers honoring Schoenfeld were Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Marvin Hamlisch, Tim Rice, Bjorn Ulvaeus and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

And Schoenfeld got the last word. The afternoon event ended with a video of the producer singing “Jerry’s Turn,” a spoof of “Rose’s Turn,” the climactic number in “Gypsy” and considered one of musical theater’s great show stoppers. It stopped the show again at the Majestic.

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(excerpts courtesy of Michael Kuchwara of the AP)

Today in History – 60 years ago: Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” opens on Broadway

aruthurmiller On February 10th, 1949, Arthur Miller‘s classic American play Death of a Salesman opened at Broadway’s Morosco Theater.  This world-premier production of Death of a Salesman, directed by Elia Kazan with Lee J. Cobb starring in the leading role, ran for the astounding length of 742 performances.

Often considered the penultimate American play (and making both Arthur Miller and the character Willy Loman household names), Death of a Salesman went on to win the following awards:

  • 1949 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Best Play
  • 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • 1949 Tony Award for Best Play
  • 1984 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival
  • 1984 Tony Award for Best Reproduction
  • 1999 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play
  • 1999 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival of a Play

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