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James Sims
James Sims is an arts and culture blogger for various publications including the Huffington Post,, and and is a Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism alum. He is also the Content Strategy Director for Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theatre) in Los Angeles, CA. For more on James, visit his website at

Entries by James Sims

Back in the Hospital: Rainbow Baby's Pregnancy Is Nerve-Wracking

(23) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 10:54 AM

It has been eight months since we set foot in the labor and delivery unit of this hospital . We lost our baby girl in room 13 last May, following a nightmarish few months consumed by trips to the emergency room, bleeding with unknown causes and bouts of contractions.

A fluke....

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Am I a Father? Check -- Bidding Farewell to My Baby Too Soon

(3) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Could a bottle of water truly be the catalyst for my emotional breakdown? Sitting in the waiting room of a funeral home with my wife -- we had lost our baby girl two days earlier -- I found myself confounded by the most inane details scattered throughout this somber place...

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Broadway Needs a Swift Kick in the App

(2) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 11:11 AM

You've checked into a Broadway theatre on Foursquare. Perhaps you've unlocked a $1 off drink special. Now what? Before arriving at the theatre, you may have been sent an email with links to a podcast or program to discover more about a production. Consider yourself prepped. Does that mean the...

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Adding Music to Movies by Way of the Stage: Sleepless in Seattle to Kinky Boots

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 1:05 PM

Glancing at the shows nominated for Best Musical for this year's Tony Awards, it is easy to mistake the list as being a Hollywood box office report. All four shows -- Bring It On: The Musical; A Christmas Story, The Musical; Kinky Boots; and Matilda The Musical -- are derivatives...

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Are Ballerinas Dog or Cat People? Instagram and the New York City Ballet

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 5:26 PM

"A ballet may contain a story, but the visual spectacle, not the story, is the essential element." George Balanchine believed that dance should remain the star of a production -- a reason the father of the New York City Ballet de-emphasized plot. While the choreographer's legacy might leave something to...

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The Best Social Media Might Just Be Unofficial: HBO's Girls and Beyond

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 11:12 AM

Imagine, you're a television network that has produced a hit show. Viewers are live tweeting up a storm during every broadcast. They've created viral fan accounts on Tumblr and Instagram. Critics have deemed the program a "phenomenon." Now imagine having too many legal restrictions in place to fully extend that...

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Social TV Needs an Upgrade: Your Move, Apple

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 1:54 PM

Social TV Needs an Upgrade. Your move, Apple.

The trick to social media adoption in the world of entertainment is to move beyond the label of "social media." Imagine a computer and how, over the last five years, technology has allowed the physical understanding of a computer to disappear. People...

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Dreaming up Broadway's Next Big Idea: TedxBroadway Returns

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 12:07 PM

Earlier this week, social media was in a tizzy over an app allowing people to tweet six-second videos. "Will Twitter's Vine App be the Next Big Social Media Thing?" one journalist asked. But is a single app seriously the definition of a "big thing"?

Big ideas are what...

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Finding Broadway's Voice on Social Media

(4) Comments | Posted December 9, 2012 | 5:51 PM

@JoeTheatreFan: Premium ticket prices to @GlengarryBway are how much?!?

@GlengarryBway: @JoeTheatreFan What's the problem, pal?

@JoeTheatreFan: At $377 a seat, you're the problem.

@GlengarryBway: @JoeTheatreFan I made $1.2M last week. How much you make? You see pal, that's who I am, and you're nothing. Nice guy? I don't give a...

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Following a Broadway Show's Demise on Twitter

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 5:52 PM

The Performers, the newest play to open on Broadway, will close after only playing 23 previews and seven performances following a bloodbath of reviews late last night. This despite having an all-star cast including Cheyenne Jackson, Alicia Silverstone, and Henry Winkler, and a subject matter -- pornography -- sure to...

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Should Ben Brantley Review Broadway Commercials?

(1) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 6:22 PM

Have you seen the new PSA for New York City tourism? It opens with the sun rising over the Empire State Building, cuts to the warm awakening of Central Park's treetops and is followed by the mellow waters of the East River. Come visit New York. There's plenty of pretty...

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Separation of Twitter and Facebook in the Age of Obama

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:29 AM

When Donald Trump did his best Dr. Evil impression, essentially holding "donation money" ransom unless President Obama released his college transcripts--one can never be too sure of the evildoings one undertook while at Columbia University--it was immediate fodder for the social media world, including myself. How could one resist picturing...

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Smile, Broadway! You're on Instagram

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 11:07 AM

Facebook is so over. At least, that's what a college-age coworker told me this summer while discussing arts marketing. The mega social network may be waning with a younger demographic, but a recent Facebook acquisition is growing exponentially. More than 80 million people are sharing photos on their...

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Reality TV Is Up Hick Creek Without a Paddle

(20) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 1:23 PM

There was something endearing about Jed Clampett and gang when they first appeared on television screens in the early '60s, bringing their wacky tobacky charm from the Ozarks to Beverly Hills. The series was created by Missouri-born Paul Henning, who based the fictional characters on residents of the Ozarks he...

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Fighting My Mother's Cancer With Text Messages

(111) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 8:21 AM

Empathy is a strange emotional trait. I had been successful in my avoidance of any deep empathetic feelings towards another person for nearly 30 years. Sure, there were moments of misty eyes when hearing of a tragic story, but nothing that gutted me to the core. That all changed last...

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Glee Teaches Bob Geldof a Lesson in Charity Work

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 11:50 AM

Watching this week's episode of "Glee" and seeing its rendition of the classic '80s charity song, "Do They Know It's Christmas," brought to mind the debacle that was Bob Geldof's last attempt at re-creating his Band Aid group.

For those that grew up without access to MTV, VH1, or...

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Broadway's Fall Season Full of A-Listers, on Stage and Off

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 4:31 PM

Looking around the Broadway scene these past few months, it appeared as though musicals were the only fare in town. But with the fall season approaching, straight plays are headed back to Times Square, and they've got a big list of stars in tow.

Some of the A-list talents headed...

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2011 Tony Awards Predictions

(12) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 12:09 AM

Tony Awards
It's that time of year again.  The Tony Awards are nearly upon the Broadway community, although this time they moved a bit uptown, to the Beacon Theatre. While the ceremony won't be in the grand Radio City Music Hall, the...
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Musicalizing Broadway's Catch Me If You Can With Shaiman and Wittman

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2011 | 2:58 PM

During a recent performance of Broadway's new musical, Catch Me If You Can, audiences were treated to a special guest appearance, although it's likely that nobody watching the show had any idea who was stepping into a role for a one-night stint. As a handful of ensemble cast members situated...

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Nick Adams Keeps on the Drag for Broadway's Priscilla Queen of the Desert

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 6:13 PM

As Nick Adams left the stage following a matinee performance of Broadway's La Cage aux Folles last year, he headed to his dressing room and discovered a voicemail message from his agent. He looked at one of his co-stars and said that he knew exactly what the message said. It...

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