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Snow, Stocks, and Most Import of All: Amazing Theatre

Dear Friends,

This afternoon we are preparing for a lovely 10”+ inches of snow that is expected to arrive tomorrow.  We wanted to write to you before it starts.

Today we want to again remind you to purchase tickets for Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close.  Ben Brantley of the New York Times said that “Ms. Close is even better than when I first saw her — more fragile and more frightening, more seriously comic and tragic.”

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The play is set to close on June 25, 2017 and tickets are selling rapidly.

You can purchase tickets on their website or by calling the Paramount Box Office 877/250-2929

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On a non-theatre subject, we received a stock market prediction by market analysist David Stockman that a big stock market crash would be starting this Wednesday, March 15th.

What a jolly week!  Let’s hope he is totally wrong!

Best regards—and stay warm!

Philip and Marilyn

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Turning A Profit, Jersey Style

Dear Friends,

Several weeks ago, we were telling you about the joys of investing in plays and musicals even though statistically few turn an actual profit (click here to read it again!).

Today we wanted to share with you news about another Broadway hit that did just that: made a profit!  While the production company hasn’t released actual numbers yet, the investors of Jersey Boys (which closed last Saturday, January 14th) reported earning 22 times their initial investment over the last 12 years.

According to the New York Times:

“Jersey Boys” is in some ways an example of how Broadway shows are financed: The industry is rooted in New York, but many plays and musicals have financial backers who live around the world — theater enthusiasts with an appetite for risk and a taste for show business.

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Albeit opening to mixed reviews in 2005, Jersey Boys persevered, won the Tony in 2006 for Best New Musical, and went on to become the 12th longest running play on Broadway to date.

Click here for the full New York Times article on Jersey Boys and their investors.

It could happen to all of us—all we need is a hit!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Saving Hamilton!

Dear Friends,

We often find it remarkable at those who ask “why is theatre important?”  And guess what?  We found the perfect response to that in the New York Times the other day!

As you may know, the US Treasury has been contemplating changing some of the faces on our bills—and one of the first up for a complete make over?  The $10 bill—the bill that currently has on its face none other than our first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.

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And here is where the theatre’s influence comes into play:  the Treasury Secretary promised to put a woman on the face of the new $10 bill.  However, last summer he came to Broadway and went to see Hamilton.  Additionally the star and creator of Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as theatre patrons in love with the musical, have been lobbying the Department of the Treasury to keep Hamilton on the $10 bill.  The result?  This week the Treasury Secretary just made the announcement that Hamilton is going to stay on the $10 bill!!

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THE THEATRE!

You can read more about it—and how all the bills are changing at the New York Times website.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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The Tallest Tree in the Forest

At the beginning of the year, we posted a fabulous photo from our archives of Paul Robeson.  I knew him well and played with his son often when I was a teenager.

This week in the New York Times, there was a wonderful article about a play now showing at the BAM Theatre celebrating Robeson and his historical life.

According to the Times:

The lives of actors often contain heady highs and dispiriting lows, so fragile is their hold on the public’s imagination and their access to the levers of power in the industry. But the story of Paul Robeson, the great African-American performer who achieved international fame in the 1920s and ’30s, only to be condemned for his political beliefs and branded a Communist during the witch hunts of the ’50s, is a particularly egregious example of a star falling at warp speed.

The extraordinary arc of Robeson’s life and career is resurrected with grace in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” an engrossing solo show written and performed by Daniel Beaty, and directed by Moisés Kaufman.

If you are in the New York City area, you should make time go see this stunning portrayal of such a fine actor—but don’t delay! Tomorrow is the last day of performances at the BAM Theatre.

To read the full New York Times story, click here.

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