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Friday, July 17, 2015

Do Broadway shows need bigger reserves? Part II by Ken Davenport

Ok, now we get to the good stuff. Yesterday, we talked all about the all-important reserve in Broadway Budgets, and how they are used and when they are used (and how we all dream of doing sh…

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Do Broadway shows need bigger reserves? Part I by Ken Davenport

Before we decide if Broadway shows need bigger reserves, we should probably define what a reserve actually is. As I described in Breakin’ Down a Broadway Budget, a reserve is a chunk …

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

So you want to work in the entertainment industry? by Ken Davenport

Based on the emails I get, I know that a lot of you are looking to work in this sexy biatch of an industry.  I know, I know, it seems so cool, and fun and mysterious. It’s a very clos…

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Broadway Grosses* w/e 7/12/2015 by Ken Davenport

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending July 12th, 2015. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League Read more here:

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Podcast Episode #28: She runs the TKTS booth! Victoria “Tory” Bailey, the Executive Director of TDF by Ken Davenport

It’s quite symbolic that the TKTS booth is in the center of Times Square.  Because TDF, the company that runs the booth, is a core part of our industry. What started out as a simple …

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Friday, July 10, 2015

What I learned about business from a homeless guy. by Ken Davenport

I must confess.  I read the NY Post. It all started because I was reading Broadway gossip columnist (and former podcast guest), Michael Riedel.  But then, well, I got sucked into their tab…

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

50 Years of Pulitzer Prize for Drama Winners: A By The Numbers Infographic by Ken Davenport

My staff and I got into a conversation at our last Fun Food Friday (every so often, we order pizza on Fridays and shoot the sausage and peppers) all about the Pulitzer. What kind of shows w…

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

And the winners of the 2014-2015 Broadway Marketing Awards are . . . by Ken Davenport

You guys love you some marketing. I don’t know what it was, but we had a record number of votes for this year’s Broadway Marketing Awards . . . and I’m not talking about ju…

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Why I’m producing Deaf West’s Spring Awakening on Broadway. by Ken Davenport

You know me . . . I’m an analysis guy. Before I make a decision, I do research, study charts, and conduct focus groups.  Heck, I even dial test. And despite my innate desire for copio…

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Broadway Grosses* w/e 7/05/2015 by Ken Davenport

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending July 5th, 2015. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League Read more here:

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Podcast Episode #27: An American in Paris Producer, Stuart Oken. by Ken Davenport

This season put a lot of new hits on the boards, but none of them bigger than An American in Paris, which grossed a whopping $1.4mm last week (and I expect that number will get bigger as we…

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Friday, July 3, 2015

An email that reminded me of why we’re lucky to be independent. by Ken Davenport

There’s a lot of things to whine about in this one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. The health care system is still a mess.  We disagree about things like why…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Here’s the thing about adapting movies . . . by Ken Davenport

I’ve been thinking a lot about adapting movies into musicals these days.  Maybe it’s because we’ve got a couple movie-turned-musicals coming up this season.  Or maybe it&…

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

What will happen to Broadway when the Millennials take over. by Ken Davenport

Every day there seems to be another article crackin’ on the work ethic of the millennial.  They jump from job to job, they check their Facebook more than they check their work email, …

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Podcast Episode #26: Chief Drama Critic of the New York Times, Ben Brantley. by Ken Davenport

I bet you think you know exactly who Ben Brantley is, don’t you? You’ve read him for years, and in your mind, you’ve come up with some character to go along with his all-i…

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Nominees for the 2014-2015 Broadway Marketing Awards are . . . by Ken Davenport

And you thought Award Season was over. Bahahahahaha! It’s that time, people and publicists.  Time for the 2014-2015 Broadway Marketing Awards. Advertisers & Marketers are some of …

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Producer’s Perspective PREDICTION: Here’s who will be above the title in ten years. by Ken Davenport

A very influential individual who is about to make an appearance on my podcast said to me recently, “Don’t make predictions, because if you’re wrong, you get fired.”…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

It’s like Tinder but for writers – it’s our Annual Speed Date!!! by Ken Davenport

Get ready to swipe right, y’all . . . cuz if you’re a writer, you’re gonna wanna get hooked up with this.  It’s our Annual Davenport Theatrical Collaborator Speed Da…

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Podcast Episode #25: Literary & Talent Agent Jack Tantleff on how to make it on Broadway by Ken Davenport

“What I really need is an agent.” I’ve heard so many people say this over the years, including myself when I was acting back in the Clinton Era (the Bill Clinton era that is). For so m…

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Would you pay to have your show reviewed? by Ken Davenport

As if people weren’t talking about the future of theatrical criticism and reviewers enough . . . In today’s Yelp-ian society, legitimate theatrical criticism has waned, with a n…

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Setting a goal for yourself or your business? Make sure it follows the Three As. by Ken Davenport

I’m a big time goal setter. I set little goals, medium sized goals, and giant Moby Dick–like whoppers.  And I go after all of ’em like Ahab. More often than not, I hit …

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What Producers should do when they are NOT raising money. by Ken Davenport

I was asked to speak about how I raise money for shows a couple of weeks ago, and I was reminded about a simple tip that I’ve been using for years. See, during the Q&A portion of …

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What did you think about this year’s Tony Awards? “Survey says . . .” by Ken Davenport

Before I get to the results of my Tony Awards Telecast Satisfaction Survey, let’s start with a little data about the survey itself.  I’ve been doing these surveys for five years…

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Podcast Episode #24 – Broadway powerhouse attorney, John Breglio. by Ken Davenport

If you have ever produced a workshop, been in a workshop, or just considered using the Actors’ Equity Association workshop contract, you should send you a thank you note to John Bregli…

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Fun on a Friday: It was only a matter of time . . . by Ken Davenport

. . . until someone made a musical out of Game of Thrones. Luckily that someone was Coldplay. I had a super heady blog to write for today, but man, it seems like everyone is still a little h…

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Five reasons why Fun Home winning the Tony for Best Musical is great for Broadway and Beyond. by Ken Davenport

Now that the champagne bottles have been recycled, and those “Rent the Runway” dresses have been returned, it’s time to look at what happened on Sunday with an objective ey…

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Podcast Episode #23 – You want a National Tour? You’ve got to talk to Steve Schnepp first. by Ken Davenport

Ok, now that all that Tony nonsense is out of the way, we can get back to our regularly scheduled podcast program. Where was I?  Ok . . . How do shows get out on the road?  Is it because o…

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tony Pool Winner Announced! And How Did You, Me, and My Dog Do? by Ken Davenport

Alright ladies and gentle-blog readers, it’s time to announce who is taking home that fancy dancy Apple Watch! But before we announce the winner . . . If you remember, last Friday I po…

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Friday, June 5, 2015

A simple savings game for your show, your business, and your life. by Ken Davenport

When it comes to spending money for shows, my philosophy is this . . . get the very best, for the very least.  Simple, right?  Get the best for the audience, and save the most for the inv…

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2015 Tony Award Predictions! Mine, yours, and my Dog’s! by Ken Davenport

If you run into someone you know on the street, the conversation usually starts like this . . . “Hey NAME . . . how are you?” Right? Well, run into someone you know in the Broadw…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Who is the Broadway Investor? The Infographic. Finally! by Ken Davenport

I’ll admit it.  I’m obsessed with infographics.  I like reading ‘em.  And I like making ‘em.  Ok, truth time, I like telling my Assistant, Dylan, to make them.  …

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