Thursday, June 7, 2018

Instead of a Post About Musicals, How about a Piece of the Brooklyn Bridge?

I was thinking about my recent semiannual musical theatre fanatic trip to NYC and what might be interesting about it to entreVIEW readers. I usually try to find some entrepreneurial hook into the several musicals I see in the course of a brief sojourn (over this past Memorial Day weekend, six musicals in three days). You can judge for yourself whether I’ve successfully done that in my last few post-NYC theatre posts like this one about Ken Davenportthis one about "Ernest Shackleton Loves Me," or this one about "Hamilton" (which, in case you missed it, is coming to the Twin Cities late this summer as part of the Broadway Season presented by Hennepin Theatre Trust, and, in case you were wondering, no, I can’t help you get tickets). 

Anyway, I was trying to find an interesting entrepreneurial hook about Tina Fey, the author of the "Mean Girls" musical, which was one of my favorites this trip and which is up for 12 Tony Awards. Surprisingly, considering how creative and prolific Fey is, I didn’t find anything I thought was all that interesting. Nor did I find anything compelling about Robert Lopez, who wrote the score for my other top-two musical of this trip, Disney’s "Frozen." (Lopez also wrote the scores for a couple of my all-time favorites, “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.") 

After running out of musical-related ideas (even including a possible post about my least favorite two musicals of this trip, "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" and "Friends: The Musical Parody"), I thought about other things we typically do on our trips to NYC. I’m sure there are definitely stories behind some of our “must do” excursions like Doughnut Plant (best ever doughnuts, and it isn’t close) or Katz's Delicatessen, but they’ll have to wait until another day.   

So that leaves the walk we made across the Brooklyn Bridge. As I was researching this iconic structure, I happened upon this story about a guy who sold the Brooklyn Bridge—literally. Back in 1983, he turned himself into a sensation by selling parts of the original wooden walkway. Believe it or not, he’s actually doing it again—to celebrate (what else) the 25th anniversary of the first time he did it! Seems like living proof that the entrepreneurial spirit never dies. Is it serial entrepreneurship to launch the same business twice?  

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