With Broadway shuttered for 2020, can Playbill survive the pandemic?

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For more than 130 years, the storied theatrical magazine had access to the ultimate captive audience. Then came the shutdowns. When the novel coronavirus made its unwelcome Broadway debut in early March, the reaction was swift and the effect unmerciful. Fewer than two days after the first usher was known to have tested positive for COVID-19, theaters announced an unprecedented industry-wide shutdown that continues to this day, wiping out a sector of New York’s economy that generated almost $2 billion in ticket sales last season. Read Full Story

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8 critical lessons leaders need to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis (and one that will surprise you)

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We know that empathy and networking, for example, are important, but it’s how you approach these concepts now that will carry you out of crisis mode. In a matter of days, shutdowns and physical social distancing measures due to the coronavirus pandemic led to a dramatic shift in consumer values and behavior. It heavily impacted businesses and interrupted our way of life. Read Full Story

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How one resourceful NYC theater produced new musicals safely in a bubble during the summer of COVID-19

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Smaller theaters have a mandate to discover and nurture emerging talent. Some aren’t waiting until the pandemic ends to fulfill it. The shutdown of live theaters due to the COVID-19 pandemic is now stretching into its ninth month, and even by the most conservative estimates, indoor venues won’t be able to reopen until the middle of next year. The unprecedented work stoppage has been devastating to the theater industry, from the biggest Broadway houses to the smallest black boxes. Read Full Story

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The last days of Cirque du Soleil: How COVID-19 brought down an entertainment empire

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The global circus brand remains optimistic that it will reopen once the pandemic ends. It may not be the same company by then. The slow-motion shutdown of Cirque du Soleil should have been an early warning of the disaster to come. The novel coronavirus was still considered a local problem in late January, when the world’s largest circus producer canceled performances of The Land of Fantasy, its first and only permanent offering in China. Within two months, the virus had spread to every corner of the world. Read Full Story

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3 ways to use your work to combat burnout

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Counterintuitive advice on how to leverage your workday to avoid burnout from the president and cofounder of Fairygodboss. The year 2020 was synonymous with crises: a pandemic, civil unrest due to racial injustice, financial instability, ongoing climate crisis, and political upheaval. While all Americans are struggling—especially as we hit the one-year mark since pandemic-related shutdowns began—working women are especially feeling the burden. As Katica Roy observed , in fewer than 12 months, the U.S lost 32 years of progress on gender equity i n the labor force participation rate of women. Read Full Story

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