I’ve had @bwaynews for about a year and a half now, thanks in large part to all of my fabulous twitter followers. When I started, I didn’t want to have that plain little Twitter egg so I did something really quick on Photoshop, put it up and forgot about it. I think it’s about time for a change!

I asked if any of my lovely followers were graphic-savvy and got a few volunteers. I didn’t really have many guidelines and I have to say, I love all three designs I was presented with! I hate making decisions so I need you all to vote on your favorite design and that person’s work will be my new Twitter/blog logo! All three designs are thumbnails so click to see the detail then cast your vote.

Design One

Design Two

Design Three

 

Voting closed! Winner announced on @bwaynews March 2nd.

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Giveaway!

February 10, 2012

Time for another giveaway! I love to collect show flyers and I save a bunch to share with you. I also hang on to extra Playbills after I see shows. I’ve collected so much stuff to give away as prizes and I need to clear some of it out. You’ll get what you see here plus I might throw in some other small goodies I find. This is a simple RT to win contest. The best part? There will be 2 winners!

Each day I’ll post a tweet that you can RT for an entry. It will be posted at different times each day so be on the lookout!

 

Rules:

– You must be following me at @bwaynews.

– You must live in the US/Canada. I simply can’t afford to mail things all over the world. Hopefully at some point that will change.

– One RT per person, per day.

– Contest begins today, 2/10 and will end 2/15 at 6pm.

 

Good luck!

 

 


For this interview I had the privilege of chatting with Ben from Jujamcyn Theaters and Givenik! He’s going to tell us more about what Givenik does and how buying theater tickets can be a winning situation for everyone.

What is your role within Givenik and how long have you been with them?

My name is Ben Cohen and I am a Marketing Associate at Jujamcyn Theaters. I work mainly on Givenik.com, which is the only place on the web where you can get Broadway tickets and 5% goes to your favorite charity! I started full-time in June 2011 and focus a lot on the digital marketing world.

 So tell us, how did the idea for Givenik come about?

Givenik.com was started in 2007 by Jordan Roth. He is an incredible visionary for Broadway and has always supported many charitable organizations. He realized that these two passions don’t intersect in a way that they should. From there, Givenik.com was born and we have become a year-round fundraising mechanism for some incredible organizations.

For those unaware of how Givenik works, can you explain why it’s beneficial for people to buy their theater tickets with you?

Of course. Givenik.com is redefining theatergoing, one ticket at a time. The revolutionary service offers discount, full-price & premium tickets to dozens of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, as well as group rates to all shows, and donates 5% of the ticket price to the charity of the ticket-buyer’s choice. Give money, save money, see a show-it’s a win-win-win situation.

What are some of the top charities that people choose?

This is definitely a hard questions to answer. We have national groups to local chapters, and from arts organizations to educational institutions on Givenik.com, including The Trevor Project, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, City Harvest, Broadway Green Alliance, Dress for Success Worldwide, God’s Love We Deliver, The Actors Fund, Stand Up to Cancer, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The It Gets Better Project, New York Theatre Workshop, local chapters of Susan G. Komen For the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, the Museum for African Art and the American Foundation for Equal Rights. And of course, if your charity isn’t signed up, just visit the site and select the “add my charity” tab. It takes only a few minutes and is absolutely free.

How do you pick your Givenik ambassadors?

We’ve been blessed to have so many incredible Givenik Ambassadors, who are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to record a video discussing their favorite charity and answer questions from fans. We’ve been privileged enough to interview Sigourney Weaver, Aaron Carter, Reeve Carney, Joel Grey and many more who all have a unique connection to various non-profits. There are some people who immediately pop into your head, like Rory O’Malley from The Book of Mormon, who co-founded Broadway Impact and other times we help start that relationship.

What are some of your favorite events to be a part of throughout the year?

We love doing red carpet arrivals at Broadway openings because we get to ask questions that no one else is asking. For example, at the 2011 Tony Awards we were able to chat with Edie Falco and James Earl Jones about their favorite charity. We’ve recently begun hosting charity nights at various Broadway shows, which are honestly the most exciting events for us. Our first was with Chicago, where fans who bought a ticket on Givenik for that specific performance could attend a post-show reception with Kara DioGuardi. On Tuesday, February 21st we have our next charity night at The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess supporting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. It’s great to see an entire company support an organization.

I remember when you started up and shows were jumping on board. Now Givenik has become a huge force in the theater world. Have you ever considered conquering other areas like sports or concert ticketing?

Ha! When Givenik.com first launched, we dedicated a lot of time securing partner shows. All of our tickets are processed directly through Telecharge and Ticketmaster, so each show has to come to an agreement on the price, locations, dates etc. It’s an advantage for the consumer because we aren’t a broker, the 5% donation comes directly from the ticket price, and they can enjoy the user-friendly experience of these authorized ticketing websites. Fast forward to 2012, it’s great to see the biggest hits like Wicked and Jersey Boys join our long-running shows and off-Broadway hits. We’ve really been embraced by the theatrical community. The natural next step is to dive in to sporting events and concerts (last year was the first year we sold any MSG events, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Peter Pan), and it is definitely a 2012 goal. We love what we do and hope to spread our wings as wide as we can.

How can we be more involved with Givenik? Do you take on interns?

YES! Jujamcyn Theaters and Givenik.com has an incredible internship program, which led to me getting my first big break. Visit Jujamcyn.com to learn more and you can even watch videos from past interns discuss their experience. The Marketing/Givenik.com department is always looking for great interns who love theater and have a knack for the non-profit world.

Thank you so much for your time Ben! Be sure to check out givenik.com the next time you’re looking for your theater tickets. I really support this organization, it truly is a win-win situation for everyone involved. See great theater while supporting a great charity!

You may have noticed on my Twitter that I have so much love for the @bwaybites guys. How could I not? Gorgeous Broadway boys that blog about food? Sold. I had sent them a ton of questions and they have been kind enough to work with me to do these interviews. Stay tuned for more of their responses in the future and be sure to look into some of their culinary recommendations!

What’s your background in regards to food and family?

Adam: My parents were busy but health conscious, so family meals were usually quick and convenient but nutritional…which let’s face it, isn’t usually a winning combo.  But it inspired my brothers and I to fantasize about a life where we could eat like kings, so we would come home from school and plop down on the couch and watch food shows, cooking shows when it wasn’t yet cool to watch food television.  I need to throw my Mom a bone here; when she had the time, she would turn out a killer recipe.   Holidays were and are very tasty and boozy evenings.  Birthday’s she would cook our favorite dish.  To this day she says, ‘I love to cook, when I’ve got the time to be creative.’  I hear you, Mom.

Andy:  I grew up in a Cuban Household and it was seven of us.  My grandfather who was from Spain did all the cooking.  It was mandatory that we all sat at the table for dinner which were full course meals.  It’s one of the things that I miss most from my childhood.  I never knew how special and fortunate I was until recently.  If I could go back in time it would be to one of those evenings.

Matt:   I have brothers and sisters, but they are all much older than me, so I grew up like an only-child.  My family is Southern and stereotypically not health conscious.  Snacking was a horrible habit, but I developed an insatiable appetite.  The meals, however unhealthy, were well balanced and delicious.  My personal favorites include my mother’s tomato Alfredo pasta with Italian sausage, her cauliflower mash, her pork chops topped with a blue cheese gravy, and her blue cheese meatloaf.  Can you tell I we both like blue cheese?

We’re lucky enough to live in NYC where you can find pretty much any kind of food you could want.  So, where would you go for… your favorite meal?

Adam:  Belgian Mussels and Frites at Markt in Chelsea (not to be confused with Chelsea Market)

Andy:  My favorite meal would have to be the Pollo Mirador at Cafe Habana.  It’s a creamy garlic chicken that comes with yellow rice and red beans.  Of course I would get the Mexican Corn to start off.  It’s not the fanciest of foods in NYC, but there’s something about the dish and the ambiance that reminds me of home.  It’s soul satisfying.

Matt:   The chicken and lamb combo from The Halal Guys 53rd and 6th Food Truck.  I’ve been lucky enough to share this with the boys of Broadway Bites.  I’m sure we’ll go again and share the magic with all of y’all.

What’s… a meal that reminds you of home?

Adam:  Bagged salad.  Sorry Mom.  (Can’t get that anywhere but a grocery store.)

Andy:  For something that would take me even further home I would go to Cubana Social in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and have the Picadillo with white rice and black beans, oh and sweet plantains of course! That would be my last meal before I died!

Matt:   Amy Ruth’s in Harlem for the Mac ‘n Cheese.  It is by far and away the most similar version to my Mama’s.  So, whenever I’m craving it but I’m not cooking for a large amount of people (It can only be made in bulk.), I go there.  And no, I’m still not giving away that recipe.

…your favorite after-show bite?

Adam: Pizza, preferably homemade.

Andy:  Back in the Rent Broadway days at the Nederlander I always craved a cheeseburger, and not much has changed. My current favorite is the burger at Corner Bistro. I salivate as I think of it.

Matt:   Please accept my apologies for doubling up, but I’m gonna have to go with Halal for the win again!  I have also been known to frequent 5 Napkin Burger after many a show to satisfy my burger craving which is probably my favorite food on earth.  I think I’m craving one right now!

…your favorite snack?

Adam: The Trail Mix from Westerly Market.  Hmm…I’m beginning to notice a grocery store theme here.

Andy:  Definitely the Country Pate on Toast from Blue Ribbon Bakery around the corner from my house in the West Village. They place two beautiful slices of pate on toast with dijon mustard, sea salt, drizzled olive oil, and diced cornichons. It’s heaven.

Matt:   This might sound a bit strange, but my favorite snack is coffee.  Addict alert!  Check out the latest Coffee Talk to find out where I go for the very best in the city.

You all seem to be pretty adventurous in your dining experiences; what’s the most unique thing you’ve ever tasted?

Adam: I’m afraid of answering this question for fear of sounding forever lame. I’d have to say fried chicken gizzards from this awesome, unexpectedly authentic Japanese pub in midtown called Sake Bar Hagi on 49th St. between 6th and 7th Ave.

Andy:  Turtle Soup.  Yes, you heard correctly, Turtle Soup. I had it in Hong Kong when I was touring with the Asian Tour of RENT. It was gelatinous, black, and awful. The next day I had Snake Soup which actually wasn’t that bad. Reptiles in food however are not my thing. Oh, I also had donkey that same week. We were told what it was after we had been eating it for a while. That’s a whole other story….

Matt:   When it comes to reptiles: alligator; sushi: Uni (sea urchin); and I can safely say I’ve tasted pretty much every unique thing that Korean BBQ has to offer.  Tripe anyone?

Be sure to follow them on twitter @bwaybites (@ChandelierBeret @shishigabor @andysenorjr) and check out bwaybites.com!