With high hopes, you saw Bonnie & Clyde on Broadway, and despite your vigorous effort, fell asleep before intermission. Saddened by the state of Broadway, you retreated home, lacerating, nay, eviscerating, the first half of the first act on your theater blog. Is this the future of the Great White Way? Tired remakes with sad sounding scores by past-their-prime composers? Alas. Fortunately, the good people of TED seem to be asking the same existential questions. With typical TEDx polemics, a host of experts (Yes, Neil Patrick Harris is among them) will address the question “What is the BEST Broadway Can Be in 20 Years?” today. You’ll sit on the edge of your seat as the theater world’s most pressing issues are discussed: Should audience members sign release forms before entering the theater (lest they sue after being clobbered by a swinging superhero)? Should subsidized ticket prices be offered to the 99 percent? Should there be live Chinese translators on hand? Should their be a stage adaptation of The Breakfast Club? Think about it.
TEDxBroadway, New World Stages at the World Wide , 340 West 50th Street (between Eighth and Ninth avenues), 12 to 5 p.m. Tickets, $100, available at http://www.goldstar.com/tedxbroadway.