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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Producer Richard Jordan: How you close a show is as important as how you open it by Richard Jordan

After writing about two new musicals that have become theatrical success stories – Six and Be More Chill – I wanted to

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Richard Jordan: Shows like Six and Be More Chill prove good old-fashioned producing is alive in the digital age by Richard Jordan

This year, there have been two slow-burn musical success stories on either side of the Atlantic. In the UK, Toby Marlow and Lucy

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Richard Jordan: The Norfolk Arts Awards show the importance of celebrating regional talent by Richard Jordan

Two weeks ago, I was at Norwich Cathedral for the seventh annual Norfolk Arts Awards. Norfolk is where I grew up and attending performances

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Richard Jordan: Broadway’s season of homegrown new musicals is uninspiring, but are things worse in the West End? by Richard Jordan

If you are a canny independent producer with a new commercial musical up your sleeve, maybe this is the year to put it

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Richard Jordan: When it comes to powerful theatre it’s good to talk face-to-face by Richard Jordan

“For show freaks, this has been a night unlike any other,” starts a particularly memorable paragraph in Ken Mandelbaum’s terrific book Not Since

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Richard Jordan: 10 questions Ticketmaster must answer about its ‘buy now, pay later’ Broadway scheme by Richard Jordan

Last week, global ticketing agency Ticketmaster launched its new FlexPay plan in the US. It will allow customers to buy tickets to

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Richard Jordan: Little Shop of Horrors offers an important lesson for producing musical revivals by Richard Jordan

There is much pleasure to be had in rediscovering a show, an experience I recently had at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s revival

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Richard Jordan: We need to judge musicals on their own terms not against the classics by Richard Jordan

For whatever reason, some musical theatre shows are virtually written off before they have even opened. It can’t be because the premise

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Richard Jordan: TV should think twice about its thirst for real-life panto villains by Richard Jordan

During recent weeks, it has seemed that the drama broadcast by television networks has often had little to do with new writing but

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Richard Jordan: Epic stagings mean big challenges for a producer by Richard Jordan

It was the late, great theatre maverick, mischief-maker and showman Ken Campbell who used to say that a play should be either less

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Richard Jordan: Does being ‘on theme’ at a fringe festival help or hinder a new work? by Richard Jordan

Next month it will be a year since The New York Times broke the news story about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. It exposed a toxic

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Richard Jordan: Stepping in to save the day at the NT shows Rufus Norris is a company man at heart by Richard Jordan

What happens when the leading man in a play at your theatre, which has no understudies, has to go to the hospital

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Richard Jordan: Don’t lose heart – Edinburgh can be just the start of a show’s journey by Richard Jordan

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe ended on Monday and, as it all packs up for another year, a question has been nagging me.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Richard Jordan: Why does it feel as if nobody has lit the fringe fuse in Edinburgh this year? by Richard Jordan

We’re entering the final days of the Edinburgh Fringe, but where’s the buzz? This fringe has seen no shortage of quality – especially in new writing. Neither has there been

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Richard Jordan: Forget Dannii Minogue as Lady Macbeth, the fringe offers established stars a platform for reinvention by Richard Jordan

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe may once have been considered a rite of passage, where many of today’s leading performers cut their teeth and before

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Richard Jordan: More previews would better support new work at Edinburgh Fringe by Richard Jordan

The Edinburgh Fringe officially began last Friday. I love the last few days before the opening each year – there is a

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Richard Jordan: Reality TV tests the entertainment industry’s commitment to mental health by Richard Jordan

The entertainment industry has been raising awareness of the issue of mental health among its workforce of late. Does it not also

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Richard Jordan: Hail to the understudy who didn’t make the headlines but painted the role red by Richard Jordan

When John Logan’s play Red ends its West End revival this Saturday, audiences will remember Alfreds Molina and Enoch for their star turns in the

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Richard Jordan: Are classics becoming unstageable because of changing values? by Richard Jordan

Have we got to the point where some theatre classics are unstageable, or at least only stageable with significant editing? A few

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Richard Jordan: I love the World Cup, it makes buying tickets for hit shows easier by Richard Jordan

I have been closely following the World Cup, although I have not watched a single game. The reason is, if you ever

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Richard Jordan: Homophobic attack on Billy Elliot in Hungary is a stark warning for us all by Richard Jordan

A few weeks ago, the Hungarian State Opera was staging its own production of Billy Elliot. This was its third season of

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Richard Jordan: The days of dodgy ticket touts outside venues are over, now there’s a far greater problem by Richard Jordan

At first glance, theatre and aviation may not have much in common. However, a recent experience got me thinking. In March, four days

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Richard Jordan: It’s time to show understudies respect – they might be tomorrow’s stars by Richard Jordan

Understudy Steph Parry’s story of stepping out of 42nd Street at Theatre Royal Drury Lane and moments later into the lead role in Mamma Mia! down the street

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Richard Jordan: What has happened to Broadway? Has the US cultural capital become a theme park? by Richard Jordan

Carole Rothman, artistic director of New York’s Second Stage, caused a bit of a stir last year. At the launch event ahead

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Richard Jordan: Hamilton and Harry Potter will define this generation of commercial theatre by Richard Jordan

Here’s a challenge: can you remember the best musical nominees at this year’s Olivier awards? What about those nominees a year earlier

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Richard Jordan: Drop the cynicism, it’s time to embrace the brilliance of the 1980s by Richard Jordan

It’s so 1980s. That’s a criticism, and one that has been frequently levelled at the recent London revival of Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Richard Jordan: Broadway advertising walks a fine line between showmanship and cynicism by Richard Jordan

Theatres have long sought to entice prospective audiences through their doors by emblazoning their marquees and accompanying signage with rapturous quotes from

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Richard Jordan: Theatres taking their visitor’s drinks away leaves a bad taste in the mouth by Richard Jordan

On a recent visit to see Once on This Island at New York’s Circle in the Square Theater, I experienced a new level of security check.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Richard Jordan: Will Pretty Woman musical suffer in the era of #TimesUp? by Richard Jordan

A new musical staging of Pretty Woman arrives on Broadway in July. The movie-to-musical format is not a new concept; works such

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Richard Jordan: The theatre industry has a duty of care to those experiencing mental health issues by Richard Jordan

Over the past month, four stories about the entertainment industry have made a deep impression on me. The first was Anne-Marie Duff candidly talking about

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Richard Jordan: The arts can offer a blueprint to tackle antisocial behaviour by Richard Jordan

Over the past few weeks, our news has been preoccupied with the spiralling violence against young people on London’s streets this year. Among

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