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Final Chance!

Dear Friends,

Just a reminder that Prince of Broadway will be closing its limited run in only 12 more performances–with its final performance on 10/29/2017!

It showcases the life and times of our dear family friend, Harold Prince, including some of his greatest productions, like:

West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, and The Phantom of the Opera to name a few!

You definitely do not want to miss out on this spectacular show!  Click here for your last chance at tickets!
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Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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Prince on Broadway

Dear Friends,

In December we posted the news about our recommendation for this week in our Summer Series: Prince of Broadway.  It is currently in previews and will open August 24th.

It is a musical that celebrates the career of Broadway legend, and our dear friend, Harold Prince.

In fact, when we wrote Hal to wish him the best of success, he very kindly replied that he considers himself “a continuum of everything Lawrence and Armina Langner gave to the theatre. They were my idols and I remember them not only for their extraordinary accomplishments, but their generosity. As a kid, they always made me feel welcomed and encouraged me.”

Over the span of his career, Hal has received 21 Tony Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a National Medal of the Arts from President Clinton.  His long list of productions have helped shape Broadway with shows such as Fiddler on The Roof, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, Follies, A Little Night Music, and Show Boat to name a few!
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This is one show you absolutely do not want to miss!  Click here to order tickets or to learn more.

We are so happy for Hal—and wish him the best of success for this exciting show.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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Prince of Broadway

Dear Friends,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Today we received a check from Fiddler on the Roof, one of many hit plays produced by famed Broadway producer, Harold Prince.

We invested in Fiddler in 1964 and to date, it has earned profits of more than $15 million over the last 50 years!  Our profits are more than 30 times our initial investment over this time period!

Every check that we receive makes us very happy—and we strongly urge you to consider play investing as a way to expand your theatre pleasure.  While there are risks and certainly no guarantees for a hit, we feel that investing in plays and musicals is a great way to support the arts and your community and is very much an enjoyable investment when you pick a hit!

If you would like to learn more about play investing, we suggest that you contact The Broadway League—the governing body of Broadway plays.

The other thing that came to mind when we received our check is that Harold Prince is now producing a new play on Broadway—Prince of Broadway, which is a tribute to his glorious 60 year career.  Prince of Broadway is set to open in August 2017 and it “examines the circumstances and fortune, both good and bad, that led him to creating some of the most beloved theater of all time.”

In addition to Fiddler on the Roof, some of Harold’s many productions include:

Damn Yankees

West Side Story

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Sweeney Todd

Evita

The Phantom of the Opera

Cabaret

Follies

A Little Night Music

Show Boat

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WOW!

We are sure that Prince will be an event to remember and cannot wait to see it!

Happy New Year and Happy Theatre!

Philip and Marilyn Langner

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Investing in Broadway

A few weeks ago we wrote about the Funding Conundrum—the financing of Broadway plays.

There is a wonderful article in today’s (August 16-17, 2014) The New York Times about investing in plays, So You’d Like to Invest in Broadway? 

All of this article is based on the present Federal rules of investing, where the only people eligible to invest are those who earn at least $200,000 a year and have a net worth of over $1million!

This is so different from the way it used to be when everyone could invest—and the average investment was probably around $1,200!  For example, I invested $1250 in Fiddler on the Roof in 1964 and it is still paying yearly dividends, making dozens of times its investment.  Of course, not every play is Fiddler on the Roof.  However, in addition to making money very often plays have a real importance that makes one want to bring them to the stage—for artistic and political reasons.

For example, at this moment I would love to do a play about Ferguson, Missouri—I would love to show the upbringing of Michael Brown, and perhaps the upbringing of the man who shot him.  That way we would get an extremely comprehensive view of how this terrible happening came to pass.  As we commented earlier in Funding Conundrum, we are waiting for October, when the Federal rules are to be rewritten, allowing for “real” people to help bring plays to Broadway.

I have produced 28 plays in New York—and even more throughout the country—and I would say that most of them were produced for a reason that is not totally monetary (although, it is a nice side perk!).  Our plays were all produced because we cared about the messages that these plays presented to the audience.  This investor rule change will open up the theatre once more as a platform for political thought.

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