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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Have you seen what’s happening in here? by Ken Davenport

Check this out . . . It has been 140 days since we opened up the TheaterMakers Facebook Group. And we now have 1,400+ members in this group! We 10x-ed, baby! Grant Cardone would be so proud!…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Monday, July 26, 2021

Podcast Episode #243: “As Seen On TV” Commercials by Ken Davenport

ESTIMATED LISTENING TIME OF THIS EPISODE:  5 Minutes LISTEN WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO PODCASTS: The Producer’s Perspective Broadway Podcast Network Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Ama…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Friday, July 23, 2021

July 23, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week by Ken Davenport

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . . 1 – Actors’ Equity Launches Open Access Initiative Actors’ Equity Association launched its Open Access initiative this we…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Your last chance to do this, TheaterMakers. by Ken Davenport

At the beginning of the pandemic, I called everyone I knew for advice. I’m talking big time theater people, as well as big time business people. “What should I do?” I got amazing advic…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Remembering Paul Huntley by Ken Davenport

I had the pleasure of working with Paul Huntley, the legendary Tony-winning wig designer (who has like 1,000 Broadway credits) on Thoroughly Modern Millie – my first Broadway show as a Com…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Join 1,000+ in our TheaterMaker Facebook Group! by Ken Davenport

A producer’s job is to get people in a room. Even if that room is a Facebook group! In case you missed the news, we started a free Facebook group for TheaterMakers!  Writers, directors, a…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Monday, June 14, 2021

Podcast Episode #237: New Destination Only For TheaterMakers by Ken Davenport

ESTIMATED LISTENING TIME OF THIS EPISODE:  12 Minutes   LISTEN WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO PODCASTS: The Producer’s Perspective Broadway Podcast Network Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM

Katori Hall wins Pulitzer Prize for The Hot Wing King by Ken Davenport

In case you missed the news last week, there was indeed a winner this year for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama! (There have been several years where the award was not given – and in a year whe…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 10:00AM
Friday, June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week by Ken Davenport

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .   1 – Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ Will Return to Broadway Next Season A ‘contemporary celebration’ of Bob Fosse’s legacy i…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM

Maybe it was because I was about to turn 30. by Ken Davenport

Maybe it was because I was about to turn 30. Or maybe it was because Raul Esparza, Amy Spanger and Jerry Dixon gave some of the best performances I’ve seen. Or maybe it was because I so w…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 10:15AM
Friday, June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week by Ken Davenport

  Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .   1 – Jordan Fisher Will Return to Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway When It Reopens The Broadway production will resume its r…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, June 3, 2021

What I Learned About TheaterMaking From Those “As Seen On TV” Commercials. by Ken Davenport

I didn’t sleep much in my 20s. And 30s. And whenever I’m in tech. I worked into the wee hours. It was lonely in my apartment (being an artrepreneur often is, am I right?), so I kept the …

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Take The 30 Day Script Challenge. Imagine what could happen if you succeed? by Ken Davenport

My mission is to get more theater out into the world. Because I believe the world is a better place if there is more theater in it. One of the most successful tools in this initiative is o…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Monday, May 31, 2021

Podcast Episode #235: 3 Reasons Why Crowdfunding Did Not Take Off On Broadway by Ken Davenport

ESTIMATED LISTENING TIME OF THIS EPISODE:  15 Minutes LISTEN WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO PODCASTS: The Producer’s Perspective Broadway Podcast Network Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Am…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Survey Results Revealed! Why do people line up for shows so early? by Ken Davenport

I’ve been working on Broadway for 2.5 decades now, and a lot of things have changed over those years . . . from the types of lights we use, to how our customers order our tickets . . . and…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Monday, March 12, 2018

Industry: On 'The Producer's Perspective' Ken Davenport Sheds Some Light on the Acting Side of the Theatre Business with Danny Burstein by Ken Davenport

I call myself an ahole in this podcast episode. Why Becausein my desire to put a spotlight on the business of Broadway, and give you a peek into the professions who aren't always front and c…

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 12:55PM
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Industry: On 'The Producer's Perspective' Ken Davenport Gets the a Crash Course on Hair and Wig Design from Charles LaPointe by Ken Davenport

If you asked me what the one area in the theater I know the least about is, it would be Hair and Wig Design. That's why I decided to do something about it and ask one of the best in the biz …

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 11:08AM

On 'The Producer's Perspective' Ken Davenport Gets the a Crash Course on Hair and Wig Design from Charles LaPointe by Ken Davenport

If you asked me what the one area in the theater I know the least about is, it would be Hair and Wig Design. That's why I decided to do something about it and ask one of the best in the biz …

SOURCE: BroadwayWorld at 11:00AM
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…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 08:54PM
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…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 06:02PM
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 …

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 04:33PM
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…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 05:32PM
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…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 01:37PM
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…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 03:44PM
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 …

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 02:51PM
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 …

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 11:32AM
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,…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 10:06PM
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…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 08:57PM
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,…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 02:31PM
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…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 01:03PM
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…

SOURCE: The Producer's Perspective at 07:11PM

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