re: Yes, off-Broadway COULD be an answer, but....
Last Edit: singleticket 12:14 pm EST 11/20/23
Posted by: singleticket 12:05 pm EST 11/20/23
In reply to: Yes, off-Broadway COULD be an answer, but.... - Kerick 09:18 am EST 11/20/23

Along with the fact that you wouldn't even be able to rent the venerable Cherry Lane unless it was a co-project with A24, the media company that co-owns it with an asset management firm. Manhattan is all about real estate.

There will have to be some kind of city and state incentive to secure spaces for Off Broadway. The spaces themselves I believe can be non-profit just like the Broadway rep houses but can have open commercial runs as tenants. The Lortel Foundation is a good model but I'd like to hear from others if the Lortel model doesn't allow for open commercial runs.

Planning for a future for commercial Off Broadway productions is not going to be easy in this moment of governmental crisis in the city. Even the 1990's Broadway/Times Square model is collapsing now. The casinos are licking their lips and the hotels and unions are on their side. But that doesn't mean more homes for Off Broadway can't be found. It would take a lot of long term effort but I think it's essential. Just like everything else in the US, it is the middle that is endangered and has few allies and little support but is essential for a healthy cultural body.
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