Kalamazoo Social Media Week 2019

By: Bethany Gauthier and Tony Rastigue

Miller Auditorium was honored to take part in last week’s Kalamazoo Social Media Week events. Since 2009, Kalamazoo Social Media Week has helped to develop, sustain and elevate social media talent throughout our community. This annual event brings together industry thought leaders, local experts and aspiring social media professionals for special events that are educational and inspiring.

For over a decade on Facebook and Twitter (and more recently on Instagram), the use of social media has allowed Miller Auditorium to truly connect with our audience and share with them the thrill of the performing arts. By taking part in Kalamazoo Social Media Week activities, we were able to connect with industry leaders and enjoy sessions that included Quinn Tempest’s “Instagram with Intention” and “Mining The Hive Mind: How To Discover New Stories On Social Media” as presented by Lauren Young, Digital Producer for Public Radio’s Science Friday. There were also a great variety of presentations from local social media professionals who provided valuable ideas and information on the 2019 digital landscape.

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Kalamazoo Social Media Week 2019 award winners

In addition to learning and networking, Miller also enjoyed recognition in the Kalamazoo Social Media Week Awards! Miller Auditorium won Best Use of Content from a Nonprofit with Haworth College of Business’s Dr. Scott Cowley and his Advanced Digital Marketing Strategies students. As part of this project, Miller worked with Dr. Cowley’s class to create Instagram stories and posts targeted at Western Michigan University students that highlighted WMU’s 50% student ticket discount. Thank you to Kalamazoo Social Media Week and Amplify Marketing for this award. 

To learn more about Kalamazoo Social Media Week, visit their site.

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2019 Tony Award Nominations

By: Tony Rastigue

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James Corden will host the 73rd annual Tony Awards, which will be broadcast from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 8 p.m. on CBS. The performing arts enthusiasts of Miller Auditorium were excited for the award nominations to finally be announced. Our recent Broadway series announcement paired with awards season is always a positive way to celebrate that summer is just around the corner.

Hadestown and Ain’t Too Proud-The Life of the Temptations led the pack with 14 and 12 nominations respectively. In the best plays categories, The Ferryman and To Kill a Mockingbird each acquired nine nominations. Many familiar faces from films were also nominated including Annette Bening, Bryan Cranston, Jeff Daniels and Adam Driver. Beloved comedienne Elaine May received major recognition, especially since it was her first time appearing on Broadway in 50 years. Much campaigning is anticipated for the acting categories since the performances were so strong this season and remain competitive.

A big surprise was the fact that the current Broadway season was dominated by many new plays that became profitable instead of being upstaged by big brand blockbuster musicals. The season also continued to see many musical comedies adapted from popular films like Tootsie and Beetlejuice. With over 831 Tony voters ranging from actors to producers to designers, June 7 will be their deadline to cast ballots. Many clear signs indicate that Tony voters are in a more expansive mind-set this year.

Over at Miller, predictions have been circulating and many anticipate big wins for Hadestown, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Ferryman on June 9. Day-to-day operations around the auditorium remain productive and the industry itself is always full of on-going excitement. Shows are certainly eventful times to look forward to, however it is awards season that ultimately rewards productions for the endless amounts of hard work that is put into each show.

Check out Playbill’s article that list all the nominees in each category here:
http://www.playbill.com/article/2019-tony-award-nominations-hadestown-and-aint-too-proud-lead-the-pack