It was 2006. Daniel Britt was traveling 250 miles every week to get to an acting class in Chelsea, Michigan. Yes, it was a little crazy. But Britt was already in his late 50s and he wanted to soak up everything he could about acting. Chelsea, you see, is the home of the Purple Rose Theatre Company, founded by film and TV actor Jeff Daniels. The town is small – barely 5,000 people – but because of Daniels’ involvement, the quality of the creative activity at the theater is quite high.
I’m talking about “Wicked,” the beloved musical that reveals the many mysteries left unexplained by “The Wizard of Oz.”Don’t panic. The show hasn’t changed. The producers wouldn’t dare. “Wicked” fans are far too passionate to allow that. So all those little Oz-ian nuggets are still there. We learn why the Wicked Witch of the West is green, why the lion is cowardly and how those monkeys got their wings. What’s different about “Wicked” is the world around it. Around us.
There was more than a little apprehension when the Cincinnati Ballet opened its season at the Aronoff Center Thursday night. After all, 10 company members left at the end of last season. What would this new company look like? New dancers were hired. But with less than six weeks of rehearsal, could they possibly look like a tight performing ensemble? We saw the answer almost immediately.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".