Saturday, November 10, 2007

ShowBusiness - The SOB Contest! Enter Now To Win

ShowBusiness - The SOB Contest! Enter Now To Win

Broadway strike got you as down as me?

Aside from using the complete refunds the shows owe you to venture Off-Broadway or to see one of the few shows that remain open, you might also consider watching the Great White Way documentary "ShowBusiness: The Road To Broadway."

In fact, you could win a copy of the DVD or a poster from the film, courtesy of Steve On Broadway (SOB) and Liberation Entertainment!

To "enter," all you have to do is type in your e-mail address on the right hand column of Steve On Broadway and press the "Subscribe Me!" Feedblitz button. Not only will you automatically receive a free Steve On Broadway e-mail each day, but you'll also be entered in the contest! (And if you're already a subscriber, you'll automatically be entered!) You must subscribe in order to be eligible.

If you want to double your chances, simply link your blog to Steve On Broadway and let me know you've done so by leaving a comment below. (If you already link to Steve On Broadway and aren't listed among SOB's Daily Reads on the right hand column of this site, please let me know so I may add you to my blog roll).

It's that easy! Best of all, there's no purchase necessary to win.

The SOB Contest ends on November 22!

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Related Stories:
Dori Berinstein - The SOB Interview (November 7, 2007)
ShowBusiness: Year In The Life Of Broadway (October 16, 2007)

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At 11 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We truly regret that there is no show. . . Broadway is a billion dollar a year industry and has never been more profitable than now. Cuts in our jobs and wages will never result in a cut in ticket prices to benefit the public, but only an increase in the profits for producers. Unlike the producers, we are not fighting for our second or third homes: we are fighting to keep the one that we have.

At 11 November, 2007, Anonymous Jim Capfer said...

• Sorry this strike upset the plans of innocent patrons, but the opportunity to negotiate this summer was ignored by the League. They hoped to put public opinion against the stagehands to force the concessions they wanted. It is all about greed on their part. They claim the labor costs are driving up ticket prices but refuse to release the information that will confirm or deny this. Just remember, you might be inconvenienced by this strike but your livelihood isn’t in jeopardy like the Local One members.

At 11 November, 2007, Anonymous Rachek said...

• To everyone who thinks of stagehanding as “lightly skilled” work, I have to ask, how many 20 foot tall sets have you designed and constructed? How many complex, high-voltage lighting systems have you managed, operated, and repaired, often at extremely short notice? How many Saturday nights have you spent trying to fix a large and complicated flyrail system in time for someone else to come in on Sunday and operate it completely without error for someone else’s “dream vacation”? How many 500+ Watt lights have you painstakingly aimed in precisely the right spot on a stage fifty feet below you, knowing that if you screw up one way, you can cause thousands of dollars in equipment damage and lose your job, and if you screw up another way you’ll plunge to your death?
That’s what I thought.
Stagehanding work is demanding and dangerous. Don’t confuse blue-collar with low-skill.

At 11 November, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

• Do you pay firefighters only when there’s actually a fire? A big part of a stagehand’s job is to be _ready_ to work. Some of the jobs the producers want to cut, like those of the flyman, are very important for the safety of everyone in the theater. And, as many of the posters don’t seem to realize, the influx of technology into the entertainment industry has changed these backstage jobs into highly skilled labor. They deal with automation, electronics, flying performers, etc. The razzle-dazzle people pay their hundreds of dollars for is made possible by the years of experience of the technicians.
As someone who used to work in this industry, I cannot help but support the stagehands in their effort, even as I see the inconvenience and heartbreak it causes tourists.
As I heard someone say today, “Nobody ever made a musical comedy about STAGEHANDS trying to defraud their investors for millions of dollars.”

At 11 November, 2007, Anonymous KathyLong Island said...

I cant see how 300 or so employes
Can Break the Bank.
This Lockout/strike is about more
read this script carefully and between the lines

It does look like union busting to me


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