The Broadway smash Hamilton is sold out through next May, leaving only cancellations, a daily lottery of 21 low-priced tickets or steep online resales. Although Washington Post contributor Becca Milford did recently play the ticket lottery, which she writes attracts an average of 10,000 daily entrants, she was not a winner.
Her consolation prize was a tour of Greater New York historical Hamilton sights, which she shares for others to enjoy as well. Attractions include the Lower Manhattan grave sites of Hamilton and his wife Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, a park in New Jersey, a historical home in Harlem and a New York walking tour:
“Hamilton did not die in New Jersey, thank God. That is the worst thing that can happen to a New Yorker. They got him back into a boat. He did make it across to the West Village,” said Jimmy Napoli (pictured), who leads Hamilton walking tours, including a “Hamilton’s Wall Street” walk I went on. (For the record, I, too, took a boat back across the Hudson, in a ferry named “Alexander Hamilton.”)
At $50, the walk is a fraction of the musical’s price. And unlike Lin-Manuel Miranda, who gave his final performance as Hamilton on July 9 (the role is now played by his former understudy, Javier Muñoz), Napoli isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, he has been giving Hamilton tours for decades.
Milford rates Napoli’s three-hour extravaganza as ‘the second best Hamilton show in town’ (he leads another in Harlem and co-leads a newer all-day trek to Morristown, N.J.) The tour guide has seen Hamilton twice and says that while he was initially concerned about the musical living up to the hype, it “beat the hype.”
Napoli was written up with equal high praise at the beginning of the year by The New York Times. Milford meanwhile has tickets for a Hamilton performance in May 2017.
Photo via: hamltonsnewyork.com
You’ll never guess what Donald Trump thinks of Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment suit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Just try. If you guessed that Trump doesn’t think Carlson’s accusations are true, you’re correct! Well done.
In an interview with The Washington Examiner, Trump was asked about Carlson’s allegations. Trump replied, “I think they are unfounded just based on what I’ve read. Totally unfounded, based on what I read.”
Not only was that the same sentence twice in a row, it was a true curveball from such a great person like Trump, a man who has never had inappropriate interactions with women.
Alan Murray, Time Inc.’s brand new chief content officer, thinks the number one priority for the company is “to become truly mobile first.”
“The cool thing about journalism right now is that more and more people are reading more and more media than ever before, but it’s happening on mobile devices,” continued Murray, during an interview with Vanity Fair. “So you really have to organize yourself and produce content in a way that satisfies people reading on mobile devices.”
Once Time Inc. fully embraces mobile, Murray suggested the next step is thinking of Time Inc.’s brands as more of a team and less of a collection of singular titles.
“Think about health,” said Murray. “Health is a huge part of Time.com. We have a magazine called Health.com. We have a really successful magazine site called CookingLight.com, which is really about health. If we want to succeed in the health market, when you’re dealing with people on mobile, it probably doesn’t make sense to stay in our silos, but rather, to see how we can attack it jointly. I think there are a bunch of opportunities like that.”
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A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The Hill and Thrillist. Details are below.Reid Wilson, recently a chief political correspondent for The Morning Consult, is rejoining The Hill, where he’ll focus on state politics. Prior to The Morning Consult, Wilson was editor and lead author of The Washington Post’s morning political tipsheet Read In. Mari Uyehara is joining Thrillist as its first executive food and drink editor. Mari was previously a senior editor at Saveur.
The slab serif typeface — in their classic form, wood types made for large-scale posters, ads, and newspapers — may not be as all-purpose as the gothic or sans serif, but it is equal, if not more powerful, in graphic appeal. Since being introduced in the nineteenth century, slabs have become ubiquitous and are today as popular as ever.
This morning at Electric Lady Studios, the New York locale once graced by the genius of Jimi Hendrix, a digital platform that generates 18 billion monthly views outlined how it plans to garner a few more.
Over the next few weeks, a trio of new Vevo hosts will start appearing at the helm of a mix of existing and new programs. This talented group is comprised of Julz Goddard (a.k.a. YesJulz), Drewski and Lizzy Plapinger. From today’s announcement materials:
Drewski began producing for Hot 97 almost a decade ago and developed expertise working as the official producer on The Angie Martinez Show. Additionally, Drewski’s work proved instrumental in Cipha Sounds and DJ Enuff’s production success on past music projects.
Drewski works as an A&R and DJ for performing artist Maino and Jim Jones. Recently, Drewski teamed up with Cipha Sounds to create The MVMT, a dynamic of professional DJs and artists
who perform globally. The MVMT headlined their own tour last year – “Wrap Parties 2015.”
As one of the three new faces to the Vevo brand, Drewski will appear on camera with artists in short-form content, curate playlists and consult in an advisory role for Vevo’s various artist programs.
Meanwhile, going live on the platform at press time (5 p.m. ET) is “Vevo Curators,” a separate conglomeration of music experts whose evolving artist, video and playlist picks can be followed by users. Music host Matt Pinfield, metal icon Jamey Jasta and hip-hop maestro Brian “B. Dot” Miller are just a few of the featured experts for that layer.
Vevo has also struck a new distribution partnership with The Fader, designed to cross-pollinate content at both ends. Additionally at this morning’s event, a new Vevo player and enhanced functionality for user profile pages were unveiled.
For Splitsider, the daughter of Harold Ramis has detailed several fantastic scenes from her circa-1984 childhood in Santa Monica, Calif. She was seven at the time, and during that summer and fall, her life was doubly dominated by the U.S. pop culture event of the moment.
Here’s just one example of what Violet Ramis Stiel recollects:
Of course, [for Halloween] my dad offered to get me a jumpsuit and proton pack, but I opted for Cyndi Lauper that year – sprayed orange hair, lacy petticoat and jelly sandals. My dad, always a good sport, escorted me around the neighborhood carrying a small boom-box blasting “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Of course, I could kick myself now for the missed opportunity of a father-daughter Ghostbusters dress-up moment but it’s OK. I stand by my Cyndi Lauper and look at it as an early display of feminist non-conformity.
The irony of course is that this coming Halloween, because of the movie’s gender switch, there will be a ton of little girls leading the Ghostbusters costume way. Ramis reveals that watching Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids at the hospital, by her dad’s bedside, and seeing him “shaking with laughter” remains one of the happier memories of dealing with his battle with illness.
There’s much more to savor from the guest author, including what it was like to be picked up from school once the Ghostbusters mania hit in 1984. Ramis Stiel, who lives in New York, has a nine-year-old daughter and is at work on a book about growing up with her dad. Bottom line: she ain’t afraid of no reboot, and urges readers to try and do the same. Maybe on Oct. 31, mom can book end that missed trick-or-treat opportunity of yore by combining with her daughter to represent half the 2016 Ghostbusters team.
Below is a Father’s Day song Ramis Stiel wrote this year for dad. LIP Harold Ramis; laugh in peace.
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have T: The New York Times Style Magazine taking on Marie Claire.
The Times Style Mag features Natalie Portman wearing a sweater and a bikini bottom. It might also be underwear. We have no idea. We do know that it’s a hilarious look.
Meanwhile, Amy Schumer covers the newest Marie Claire in another odd outfit. Neither of these looks make any sense and yet somewhere, someone is trying to duplicate one or the other or both.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
“I want to die at my desk writing a story.”
Wow. Molnar, who holds a Master’s degree in journalism from NYU, went on to land the job of business reporter and has been with the tronc inc. newspaper since September. Per a profile by U-T Community Journalism Scholars Program member Xavier Sanchez, the way Molnar got into journalism in the first place is also pretty dramatic:
“I was living in London, England, and I was there [while] some terrorist attacks happened,” Molnar said. “Basically, my cousin that was at an Ohio newspaper asked me to write what I saw – all my observations, and they put it on the front page of this Ohio newspaper and I got the journalism bug.”
FishbowlNY hopes of course that Molnar does not die at his desk, but rather enjoys a long and successful rest-of-career (he’s in his early 30s), followed by many years of happy retirement. Boss McCabe also makes an appearance in an accompanying video mini-profile of Molnar , embedded below.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Photographer Frames Giancarlo Stanton’s Record-Breaking Night
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The Atlantic has hired Adam Serwer and Siddhartha Mahanta and promoted Sacha Zimmerman.
Serwer will served as a senior editor. He joins from BuzzFeed, where he served as national editor. He starts August 15.
Mahanta has been named an associate editor. He previously worked for Foreign Policy. Mahanta begins July 18.
Zimmerman, most recently senior editor and current deputy editor for politics and policy, has been promoted to features editor for TheAtlantic.com.
Model Gigi Hadid and Olympic decathlete Ashton Eaton are Vogue’s latest cover stars. In the accompanying profile of the duo, they discuss how much they both enjoy something called “an açai-bowl shop:”
‘Have you had Backyard Bowls?’ He turns to me. ‘It’s an açai-bowl shop,’ he says. ‘The cool thing is it was started by two guys who met at Santa Barbara City College.’
‘Of course!’ Hadid says, a little aghast, though now she has completely relaxed, which is not easy to do in those stiletto Pumas that Rihanna designed. ‘I love Backyard Bowls!’
Next, the two new friends engage in an ultrahealthy bowl-flavor duel. Hadid calmly takes a shot. ‘Berry bowl with peanut butter.’
‘Spartan muesli!’ says Eaton. ‘I mean, yeah—berry bowl is good. But peanut butter?’
We had no idea until now, but the “ultrahealthy bowl-flavor duel” is definitely our least favorite duel.
The August issue of Vogue hits newsstands July 26.
Slate Group chairman Jacob Weisberg is the latest guest on the Recode Media podcast, and during the interview, Weisberg opened up about Donald Trump.
Weisberg said he considers Trump to be terrible, but he understood that “Trump is Topic A in a way no one in politics, in my lifetime, has ever been Topic A.” That was part of the reason for launching Trumpcast, a Trump-centric podcast that Weisberg hosts. The other reason? Trump is a real threat.
“I think this guy’s a menace and a danger to democracy, and I wanted that to be the premise of the show,” Weisberg explained. “It’s going to take a long time to recover from this. America looks like a very different place, even if Trump loses but gets 45 percent of the vote.”
Style.com, the e-commerce site from Condé Nast, will relaunch in September. WWD reports that the site will debut in the United Kingdom first, with the states version debuting a couple weeks later.
The new site will feature products from Vogue and GQ at first. Other brands are expected to be added eventually.
The transformation of Style.com began in 2014, when the site’s editor and publisher began to report to Vogue’s editor and publisher. Then, last year, Style.com was folded into Vogue.com.
As of now, Style.com is merely a placeholder with text that asks visitors, “What is Style.com?” We’ll all know in just a few more months.
While most media companies are in deep with Facebook, The Wall Street Journal remains a hold out.
The paper isn’t paid by Facebook to produce Facebook Live content (like BuzzFeed, The New York Times and others) and the only articles available on the Facebook Instant Articles platform are the Journal’s tech stories.
The Journal simply does not want to hand over data and control to Facebook, which it tends to view as a rival, not a partner.
Raju Narisetti, News Corp’s senior vice president of strategy, told Bloomberg that while other media companies are “willing to subsume their identity underneath the embrace of a large platform,” News Corp doesn’t believe in “panic and pandering.”
“[News Corp must] resolve to not mortgage our future for the latest ‘new-new’ seductive feature dangled as a come-hither by those who have no desire to pay for the creation and sustenance of vital journalism,” added Narisetti.