Friday, January 18, 2019

Five Books I’ve Read 2x in the Past 12 Months

It’s one thing to read a book once. But it takes an extra special book to read twice. Go on. Take a moment. Think about all the books you’ve read more than once.  I’d bet …

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

5 Things I Learned About The London Theater Scene At My Social.

Now that was fun. So, I’ll admit.  I’ve done about a dozen of my “socials” around the world over the past 10 years and five minutes before the start of each and eve…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

GUEST BLOG: Tips for Applying to the BMI Workshop by Patrick Cook (with Frederick Freyer)

In the spring of 1983, Allan Becker ushered me into a windowless room on West 57th Street where I found myself facing Ed Kleban, Alan Menken, Maury Yeston, Skip Kennon, and Richard Engquist.…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 01/14/2019: As Four Shows Pack It In, Broadway Goes into Hibernation

In the first non-holiday week of 2019, grosses continued to slim for the street and for most productions. Four fewer shows on the boards meant a 15% drop in overall grosses to $32M. Overall…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Podcast Episode 173 – Broadway Dance Arranger and More, David Chase

https://www.buzzsprout.com/123341/918168-episode-173-david-chase.mp3   Like Beetlejuice, David Chase has appeared. His name had been uttered at least three times by so many of my previ…

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Podcast Episode 173 – Broadway Dance Arranger and More, David Chase

Like Beetlejuice, David Chase has appeared. His name had been uttered at least three times by so many of my previous podcast guests that I had to have him on. And as you’ll hear in thi…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Introducing a “Revival” of our Davenport Reading Series!

Back in 2010, we started a reading series in our rehearsal room due to the number of submissions of great developing work we received that wasn’t for us, but we felt should be seen. …

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

What I Did On My Christmas Vacation and What It Has To Do With The Tony Awards.

I can’t tell you the last time I stepped inside a movie theater. And since just a year ago it was reported that movie theater attendance was at a 25 year low (!), I would bet you a b…

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

GUEST BLOG: To Stream or Not to Stream (or When to Stream) by Van Dean

The question of if and when to stream is something we strategize for each and every release. It’s certainly not an exact science, and reasonable people in our business disagree on this imp…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 01/06/2019: Back to Earth for 2019

Broadway Grosses across the board land back on earth this week following after last week’s record-shattering numbers. Overall, grosses last week were $37.5M down with several shows playing…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Episode 172 – Sierra Boggess by Reilly Hickey

https://www.buzzsprout.com/123341/910878-episode-172-sierra-boggess.mp3   In my podcast with Broadway Star Danny Burstein, I remarked how I had been remiss in asking Actors to appear o…

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Podcast Episode 172 – Broadway Star and Artrepreneur, Sierra Boggess

In my podcast with Broadway Star Danny Burstein, I remarked how I had been remiss in asking Actors to appear on the podcast.  Why had I overlooked these artists? Well, in so many cases, Ac…

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Friday, January 4, 2019

My 5 Friday Finds: Killin’ it, Zippin’ it and Colorin’ it.

  Zip it up. Weeks ago I was looking for a CFO.  I found one on ZipRecruiter.  So I gotta give ’em a shout. What’s the next one of these? To Kill A Mockingbird is killing …

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Notebook: the Musical

Yup, you read that right. Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook is officially becoming a Broadway musical.  It will (relatively) soon join the likes of other mega-hit movie-musicals like M…

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Broadway’s Top 5 Moments in 2018

I know, it’s 2019 already.  But you all know I like to do things a little bit differently, so while everyone else was publishing away their listicles about their favorite moments on B…

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Broadway Grosses w/e 12/30/2018:

As predicted, last year’s records were used to fuel Time Square’s confetti cannons, as each one was blown to smithereens! From Disney to British plays to American Plays, box office rec…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

GUEST BLOG: Taking the Risk & Expense Out of Producing off-Broadway by Form Theatricals

Taking the leap from your reading, workshop or Showcase production to the off-Broadway stage can be intimidating. Budgets for small off-Broadway shows can reach into hundreds of thousands of…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/23/2018: The Holiday Wind Up

The penultimate week of the year typically bears gifts and this year did not disappoint.  Despite many shows choosing to play seven performances this week (and nine in the following week), …

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Friday, December 21, 2018

My 5 Friday Finds: Hello Trello

Happy last working Friday of 2018!  (I know we’ve got another Friday to go, but it seems like the entire world is taking off next week, so if you’ve got business to do before th…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

We’re having a Theater Maker Social . . . in LONDON!

One of my goals in 2019 is to learn more about the hard-working people who make theater and the people who dream about making theater all over this world. So, during my next trip to jolly o…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

GUEST BLOG: Marketing Offline in an Online World by Amanda Bohan

When producing a show, your to-do list can often feel endless. (You’re nodding your head right now, aren’t you?) You’ve got capital to raise. A production team to assemble. Venue scout…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/16/2018: The Boss Is Out

While seasonal grosses surpassed $1B ahead of schedule, Broadway bid farewell to The Boss who helped accelerate those numbers this year. No doubt, part of Springsteen’s legacy will be his …

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Podcast Episode 171 – Broadway AND Hollywood Super Producer, Paula Wagner

It’s hard enough to make it as a Producer on one coast, but both? That kind of success is reserved for a very select group of moguls, and this week I got to sit down with one of them. …

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Episode 171 – Paula Wagner

https://www.buzzsprout.com/123341/891991-episode-171-paula-wagner.mp3   It’s hard enough to make it as a Producer on one coast, but both? That kind of success is reserved for a ve…

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Friday, December 14, 2018

My 5 Friday Finds: A hiring tip that saved me time.

Happy Freezing Friday for those of you in the Northeast!  Here are a few finds to keep you cozy. A hiring hack. I recently posted a classified ad looking for a new CFO (although the folks a…

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Book Ken Davenport as a Speaker for Your Event!

  Email [email protected] with more details about your event, and we’ll make it happen!      

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

An idea I don’t know how to execute. Maybe you do?

Ok, problem . . . theater tickets are too expensive. Solution?  Who the @#$% knows?!? (Actually, the truth is, there are plenty of inexpensive seats to lots of theater, from Off-off Broadwa…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

GUEST BLOG: Do You Have a License for That? by Jason Cocovinis

What is Licensing? Over the past ten years, I have had the privilege of working as the Director of Marketing at Music Theatre International.  But before my time with the company, my awarene…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/9/2018: Holiday Shoppers Choose Broadway

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/9/2018: Holiday Shoppers Choose Broadway Broadway was back to business last week with the hustle and bustle we’ve grown accustomed to for December. Overall grosses …

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Podcast Episode 170 – Max Grossman

https://www.buzzsprout.com/123341/882959-episode-170-max-grossman.mp3   Agents get a bad rap.  They’re like lawyers and IRS agents. But they’re nothing like those folks. I …

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Podcast Episode 170 – Literary Agent, Max Grossman

Agents get a bad rap.  They’re like lawyers and IRS agents. But they’re nothing like those folks. I can’t imagine that an IRS agent gets into this business because he or s…

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