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TEDxBroadway Announced - One-Day Event to Focus on the Future of Broadway - Jan, 23, 2012

TEDxBroadway: What Can Broadway Be in 20 Years?

NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 8, 2011)—The inaugural TEDxBroadway— a one-day event about the future of Broadway as a place—will kick off on Monday January 23, 2012 at New World Stages in New York City. The daylong event will bring together some of the smartest, most interesting people in academics, entertainment, marketing, customer service and beyond to answer the question: “What’s the BEST that Broadway can be twenty years from now?” 

{module ad_left_body}TEDxBroadway, which is an independently organized event licensed by TED, aims to engage all the stakeholders in the vitality of the neighborhood—both on stage and in the audience—to develop a vision for the Broadway of tomorrow.

TEDxBroadway was organized by Damian Bazadona, founder of Situation Interactive, Broadway producer Ken Davenport, and Jim McCarthy of Goldstar.

"The future doesn't just happen; it's created, and that creation starts with ideas.  TEDxBroadway challenges everyone who has a stake in Broadway's future to think and dream big,” said Jim McCarthy CEO of Goldstar and an organizer of the event. "More than that, it's a chance to create a vision of a place that's the best it can possibly be 20 years from now."

"Broadway is about more than theater as a genre and today's hottest shows. It's about the people that bring the shows and the area to life," said producer Ken Davenport. "People will be the key to defining and shaping the Broadway of tomorrow- and with TEDx we can bring those people together to talk about what the future of Broadway is going to look like."

The event will feature provocative presentations by entrepreneurs, producers, artists, and business experts— including Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, Randy Weiner, producer of Sleep No More in New York, and digital customer service trailblazer Frank Eliason. It will also include a performance by acclaimed artistic director & choreographer Bill T. Jones and a video presentation starring Neil Patrick Harris.

"With the digital revolution, the world of marketing is changing, and it's important that Broadway keeps pace," said Damian Bazadona, founder of Situation Interactive. "But, like many issues and opportunities facing Broadway, that's going to demand a collective effort and collective planning."

Interested attendees can find a full list of confirmed speakers and purchase tickets at  The conference will begin 12pm on Monday January 23rd, 2012 and will continue until 5pm.


About TEDx, x = independently organized event: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED: TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit

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