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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

End of Q1 Results for Broadway’s 2015-16 season. by Ken Davenport

That was a fast 13 weeks, wasn’t it?  Feels like just yesterday our hair was blown back when Fun Home took home the Tony Award.  But alas, alack, time marches on, and the summer is…

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Podcast Episode #34: Tony Award-Winning Broadway Director John Rando. by Ken Davenport

Sometimes I think we throw around the words “Tony Winner” like it’s the latest teen speak like “OMG” or “Hashtag.” The fact is the Tony Awards only…

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Friday, August 21, 2015

The Cirque is coming to town! by Ken Davenport

Theaters don’t stay dark too long these days.  Even the ones that are tougher to fill. I was the Associate Company Manager of the original production of Ragtime at the Lyric Theatre …

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

A funny thing happened . . . We started a FORUM! by Ken Davenport

When I was a pre-law guy at Johns Hopkins University back in 19-mumble-mumble, I spent more time in the computer lab than I did in class. I wasn’t working on inventing Google or Facebo…

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Why most first drafts of new plays are overwritten. by Ken Davenport

We get a lot of new plays submitted to us through our open submission program (we’re proud to be one of the few offices that take unsolicited submissions – even though, admittedl…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Why I couldn’t turn off the Teen Choice Awards. by Ken Davenport

Yep, it’s true.  I watched the effin’ Teen Choice Awards. I am not a teen.  I don’t have a teen.  But I’ll admit, I watched ’em. And since John Stamos was a…

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Podcast Episode #33: A ‘smash’ of a writer, Theresa Rebeck! by Ken Davenport

In the time it took me to write this blog post, Theresa Rebeck probably finished another play. And I’d bet you my blog subscribers, it’s a good one. Theresa Rebeck is one of the …

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Who was the big winner of Will It Recoup? by Ken Davenport

Remember when it was freezing in February?  And remember when I revived my favorite Broadway Fantasy Game, “Will It Recoup?” I challenged all of you to play Producer and decide …

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What your shoelaces have to do with shows, acting, and everything. by Ken Davenport

You ever see a show early in previews, fall in love with its awesomeness, and then go back to see it again a few months later . . . and somehow it feels different?  Maybe the energy is off,…

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

And the winner of The Spring Awakening Associate Producer Scholarship is . . . by Ken Davenport

Ladies and Gentle-Blog-Readers . . . it is my pleasure to introduce the newest Associate Producer on Broadway . . . Alice Rix!  Let me hear a woo-hoo! And boy am I glad that decision is don…

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Podcast Episode #31: Kristin Caskey talks the “fun” of Producing Fun Home and more. by Ken Davenport

Kristin Caskey was part of the producing wonder team behind Thoroughly Modern Millie (along with Hal Luftig and her partner Mike Isaacson) that grabbed the Tony Award away from Urinetown,…

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Who has more Twitter followers . . . Hamilton the Musical? Or Lin-Manuel Miranda? by Ken Davenport

In the spirit of last night’s boundary-bustin’ opening of Hamilton that got this God-like set of reviews, I thought I’d ask a Hamilton-themed question today. So who do yo…

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

10 Shows that Stand Out at the Fringe – 2015 by Ken Davenport

Trumpets, please!  The NYC Fringe Festival is about to begin! Da-da-da-da!!!! Before I announce this year’s “10 Shows That Stand Out,” I thought I’d fill you in on t…

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Why your website should resemble a church sign. by Ken Davenport

Every day on my commute to high school, I drove on a highway that passed by a church that had a sign out on their front lawn.  And every day there was a was different message.  A psalm one…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Finalists for the Spring Awakening Associate Producer Scholarship are . . . by Ken Davenport

Now this was hard. We had several hundred applicants for this one position (and another several hundred that downloaded the app – but never finished it – next time, ok guys?  Cu…

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Podcast Episode #31: Presenter Al Nocciolino puts the “road” in bROADway. by Ken Davenport

After I recorded my podcast with Booking Agent Steve Schnepp, I knew I wanted to chat with a Broadway Tour “Presenter.”  I asked a few of my peers which Presenter they thought …

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Friday, July 31, 2015

If at first you don’t buy, we should try, try again. by Ken Davenport

Sometimes I think that Producers and Marketers forget that theater tickets are expensive. We talk about ticket prices so much, and we talk about discount ticket prices so much, that we just …

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

How I know when I’m seeing something great. by Ken Davenport

When I was a teen, I used to take day trips from suburban Massachusetts to the city to see shows.  I’d drive to New Haven, CT and board a Metro North train bound for Grand Central.  …

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

3 Steps to pricing your show. by Ken Davenport

Because this blog is going to be about pricing, let’s just get this out of the way first . . . ready, say it with me, “Broadway tickets are too expensive!” Ok, we all feel …

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Would I have produced Rent if I had seen a reading? by Ken Davenport

Demos of Rent were famously circling the biz for years before the show was eventually picked up for a tryout at New York Theatre Workshop, and then eventually revolutionized musical theater …

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Broadway Grosses* w/e 7/26/2015 by Ken Davenport

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending July 26th, 2015. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League Read more here:

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Podcast Episode #30: Kurt Deutsch from Sh-K-Boom tells all on the ‘record.’ by Ken Davenport

What do Tower Records, Colony Records and Footlight Records all have in common? They were all some of my favorite places to shop for cast albums in the 90s. And now they’re all gone. …

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Fun on a Friday: Laura Benanti and The Skivvies teach you Theater Etiquette by Ken Davenport

Everyone is talking theater etiquette these days, thanks to our Theater Etiquette Ambassador . . . or should I say Theater Etiquette Dictator . . . Patti LuPone, and her latest from-the-stag…

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Why selling tickets may not be what you want to push first on your website. by Ken Davenport

Simple web marketing will tell you to make your “Buy Now” button big and easy to find so a consumer feels drawn to clicking it and making that purchase. The right button should …

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It’s the Spring Awakening Associate Producer Scholarship! You can be an AP! by Ken Davenport

I’ve done a bunch of fun things on this blog, from Will It Recoup?, my fantasy Broadway game (this year’s results coming soon) to crowdfunding Godspell, and a lot more. But no…

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Podcast Episode #29: A guy on the front lines – Broadway Usher John Raymond Barker by Ken Davenport

I’ve been lucky enough to have some pretty influential people from Broadway on this podcast, from Tim Rice to Ben Brantley to Kevin McCollum and a bunch more. But like any industry, B…

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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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