Get Cary Elwes On the Phone!

Orchestras are starting back into live, in-person events and it’s clear everyone is happy to be back. In San Francisco, they even managed to get a good laugh out of wearing masks.

The 9/23/21 edition of SFGate.com published an article by Amy Graff that reported on a live movie music concert that featured the film The Princess Bride that had a line which left the audience in tears (in a good way).

And there was one line from the film that sent the audience into a thunderous roar. When Fezzik (Andre the Giant) encounters the masked Westley, the film’s hero, the giant asks why his face is covered.

And there was one line from the film that sent the audience into a thunderous roar. When Fezzik (Andre the Giant) encounters the masked Westley, the film’s hero, the giant asks why his face is covered.

It makes me wonder how much it would cost to get Cary Elwes to do a PSA style cut-in that concert venues could use as a pre-concert opener. Just imagine how much good that could do to take the edge off.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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