The Broadway League, Lucky Generals Salute The Return of Live Theatre

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Robert Goldrich
Monday, Aug. 30, 2021

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More than a year ago, all Broadway theatres closed, putting 90,000 people out of work and curtailing the $13 billion economic impact Broadway has on New York City. But now the theatre lights are getting ready to go on once again. 

At this pivotal moment in Broadway’s history, all the industry’s key players from unions to producers to theatres have come together to create an integrated marketing campaign designed to get audiences back into Broadway. Leveraging complete access to Broadway’s archival footage and music, creative agency Lucky Generals created the “This Is Broadway” campaign that brings to life the full experience of Broadway while supporting ticket sales for its upcoming season. The Broadway League campaign is a first of its kind, as it establishes a consumer facing brand and visual identity for Broadway theatre as a whole, an international art form that is quintessentially American, versus individual shows.

The campaign is anchored by this anthem film inspired by the work of celebrated film director Jon Kane and voiced over by Oprah Winfrey. It is comprised of footage from 99 shows—ranging from “A Chorus Line” to “Hamilton” to “Springsteen on Broadway”—that reflect the joy, spectacle, and emotion of Broadway. It’s the widest ranging and most inclusive effort in Broadway history, using extensive Broadway’s archival footage for the first time, made available to the industry through a joint commitment from the key labor unions. The film features stars including Hugh Jackman, Bruce Springsteen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Billy Porter, Angela Lansbury, Ethel Merman, James Earl Jones, and Denzel Washington, to name a few.

Created in partnership with media agency Resolution, the campaign leverages sophisticated audience data and digital channels to ensure that messaging is tailored to the audiences most likely to purchase Broadway tickets in the coming months. A range of :30 second, :15 second and :6 second digital ads will run in New York City locations like subway and bus stations, taxis, Wi-Fi kiosks, and in Times Square, and on media platforms with broader geographic reach, including YouTube, Facebook, CNN, Condé Nast, Hulu, The New York Times and more.

“It has been an honor to collaborate with such incredible partners to support the return of this iconic medium,” said Lucky Generals strategy partner, Jess Roubadeaux. “Broadway’s impact is felt far beyond the reaches of NYC. We sought to create a design system and campaign that could capture its distinctive brilliance--while leveraging a data-driven framework to guarantee audience engagement.”

Credits

Client The Broadway League  Drew Hodges, campaign creative director; Andrew Lazzaro, campaign architect. Agency Lucky Generals NY Augusto Sola, managing partner (creative); Jess Roubadeaux, managing partner (strategy); Scott Smith, head of design; Bryan Denman, Daniel Berenson, associate creative directors; Amish Shah, sr. designer; Emma Starzacher, executive producer; Jolly Banerjee, executive integrated producer; Sam Clark, integrated producer.  Editorial Friendshop Michael Distelkamp, Steve Nelson, editors; Melissa Mapes, managing director; Laura Shackleford, producer; Molly Dolinger, assistant editor. Color Color Collective Alex Jimenez, colorist. Audio Post Sonic Union Michelle Kerzner, mixer. Postproduction Ben Vaccaro, Flame artist. Music Editing & Additional Music Halo Music & Sound Peter Gannon, owner/creative director. Archival Research STALKR Colleen Cavanaugh Anthony, exec producer; Brandon Hardin, producer; Jeffrey Harland, researcher; Chelsea Van Arsdol, project manager. Media Resolution Agency

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