Friday, January 22, 2021

DAY 5 RECAP of The TheaterMakers Challenge: Amber Iman, Tony Howell, Me and a SURPRISE GUEST!

Day 5 is in the books and boy did we jam the (not so) final day of the challenge with stuff!  (If you missed yesterday’s announcement, there WILL Be an extra day added to the challenge! …

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 06:04PM
Thursday, January 21, 2021

DAY 4 RECAP of The TheaterMakers Challenge: Susan Blackwell, Laura Camien & Rodrick Covington, an ANNOUNCEMENT! and more!

This challenge is like a freight train! We just wrapped up Day #4 and got incredible tips on not only how to increase the amount of theater you make (even in a pandemic) but also how to make…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 06:00PM
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

DAY 3 RECAP of The TheaterMakers Challenge: Vivek Tiwary, Ryan Scott Oliver and more!

We interrupted our challenge for a couple of hours today to watch a new President take the oath. And well, let’s just say everyone was in a preeeeeetty good mood when we kicked off Day #3.…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 06:00PM
Monday, January 18, 2021

DAY 1 RECAP of The TheaterMakers Challenge: Mandy Gonzalez, Justin Guarini, Kate Rockwell and more.

Well that was fun! (Except for the part where I forgot to unmute myself at the top  . . . but I’m going to listen to one of Mandy Gonzalez’s tips and be kind to myself and move on!) The…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 06:00PM
Sunday, January 17, 2021

Last chance to join 1,500 other TheaterMakers in our challenge.

Facts: It starts in 24 hours. 5 days. 10+ Broadway A-listers including Mandy Gonzalez, Justin Guarini, Telly Leung, James Snyder, Vivek J. Tiwary, Ryan Scott Oliver, Rodrick Covington, Susan…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Saturday, January 16, 2021

Phil Smith (1931-2020): The Chairman of The Shubert Org . . . and perhaps all of Broadway.

I didn’t know exactly who he was when I first met him. But I could tell he was a titan. It was early in my career.  I wasn’t even a Company Manager yet.  I was still an Assistant.  An…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, January 14, 2021

What the adoption of the vaccine means for Broadway’s return.

I’m a pretty positive guy. But I’ve had more down days in the past 365 than my entire life. Can you blame me? I’ve got three big loves in this world: #1 – My wife. #2 – My daughter…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Top 10 FAQ About Our Theatermakers Challenge (that starts next week!)

Ok, sooooo, you like this challenge idea, don’t you? How do I know you like it? Well, we announced it a week ago, and we already have enough people signed up to fill a Broadway theater!  …

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 12:30PM

Your Favorite Daddy-Daughter Duo Is Back!

I think it’s safe to say that what we need now more than ever is love, hope, and joy. And no one does that better than Mat and Savanna Shaw. Through Friday, January 15th, we’re giving e…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:10AM
Friday, January 8, 2021

My review of Ratatouille Musical on Broadway (well e-Broadway, that is.)

Have you ever read a New York Times review of a musical and wonder, “Wait a second – I’m three paragraphs into this review and I still don’t even know if he liked it or not!” Criti…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, January 7, 2021

One of the (many) great tragedies of yesterday was this.

I don’t write about politics on this blog. But what happened at The Capitol yesterday wasn’t politics. It was a riot.  It was an insurrection.  It was a criminal act. And yes, the fuse…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:10AM
Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Take The “Take Charge of your ’21” Challenge with me and these super TheaterMakers!

Let’s agree on two things. 1.  This year is going to be better than last year.   2.  How much better depends on you.   If you agree (especially with that 2nd part), then read on.  If …

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:36AM
Friday, January 1, 2021

The Top 10 Best Broadway Moments of 2020: PART II

Hello and happy New Year, everybody!   As we all prepare to forge ahead . . . I’m still stuck in 2020!  I mean, why not. It was soooo much fun, let’s hang out here a wee bit more, sha…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, December 31, 2020

The Top 10 Best Broadway Moments of 2020 (yes, there really were 10): PART I

Boy oh boy was this blog an exercise in how to find a bright spot (or 10) in the darkest of all times.   Broadway shut down in 2020. Something it has never done. Like ever. How could there …

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, December 29, 2020

[Zoom Strategy Session] In case you did NOT get what you wanted from Santa.

I’m not surprised.   Whenever I talk to TheaterMakers about what they want . . . money never comes up.  No one talks about royalties and selling the movie rights or their share of the me…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:15AM
Thursday, December 24, 2020

Rebecca Luker: The Real Angel of Music. 1961-2020.

I was disappointed.   In 1988, I listened to the original cast recording of Phantom of the Opera over and over and over. And with each “repeat all” I fell more in love with the show, th…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

What I love about the new Stimulus package (and what I HATE about it).

What I love about the new Stimulus package (and what I HATE about it).   Yesterday I tossed up a confetti-laden tweet praising the passing of the stimulus package in Congress.   And it’s…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:05AM
Thursday, December 17, 2020

A simple do-it-yourself tool for use at home (or anywhere) that all #TheaterMakers can use right now.

It’s weird. We should be more excited today than any other day during this pandemic. The vaccine was approved.  It’s more effective than anyone could have imagined.  And it’s being a…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

3 Reasons Why The Ratatouille Musical will forever change how we create musicals.

2020 is not the year of disruption.   It’s the year of interruption.   Everything we’ve hung our sequined hats on over the past decade (or five) is up for a new take. And one of the th…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, December 10, 2020

You an Actor? One quick question for ya.

 Danny Burstein did it.   The six-time Tony nominee appeared on my podcast a year ago and blew my mind.   Because actors are often the last ingredient added to a show’s developmental pr…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:10AM
Tuesday, December 8, 2020

One reason why the next generation won’t care about bad reviews.

WARNING: this is one of those, “When I was a lad, I walked . . . ” stories.   When I was a lad, we didn’t have social media. No, no. If we wrote a poem (like the one I wrote about And…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Friday, December 4, 2020

The two.

I’ve never been so happy that the last month of this year is flying by so fast. “December, already,” someone said. “Yes,” I said.  “Abso-effin-lutely, yes.” Because every day …

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, December 3, 2020

5 Things I’ve Learned From Producing Streaming Theater (So far).

It’s rule of three.   I’m not talking comedy. I’m talking education through action.   You can’t learn anything by doing something once. Success or failure could be a fluke. Trends …

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

10 Ways To Help TheaterMakers on Broadway and off Broadway This Giving Tuesday.

The bad news . . .   No other industry is suffering as much as the theater during this pandemic.   And as I wrote about here . . . who I worry about most are the TheaterMakers on the bubbl…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Friday, November 27, 2020

Who I’m having over this Thanksgiving Weekend.

 I couldn’t ask for better guests.   They are sweet. They are funny.   They are going to sing for their supper.   And what’s cool is, they can come to your house too!   Tomorrow nig…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, November 26, 2020

My Official 2020 Broadway Holiday Gift Guide for TheaterMakers and TheaterFans alike!

Usually, I publish my holiday gift guide on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. But since you probably have a little more time on your hands this Turkey Day, I thought you might want t…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Will “Ratatouille The Musical” make it to Broadway?

Who knew a rat could cause a revolution?   Don’t know what I’m TikTok-ing about?   Let me catch you up, my over 40-something friend.   The latest social media platform to hit the e-wa…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 03:30PM
Friday, November 20, 2020

It wasn’t right.

The first copy was too big. The second was too blurry. The third copy was juuuuuussssst right. And so went the Goldilocks-like journey of publishing my new book, CAST OF MENTORS:  SHORT SAG…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:45AM
Thursday, November 19, 2020

What “The Queen’s Gambit” Taught Me About How To Market Broadway.

Nerd alert confession time:   In 1991, I was a member of The Manhattan Chess Club.     I was a decent player, although I did get beat by an 8 year old once. (In my “defense,” my coac…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, November 17, 2020

10 Takeaways from The TheaterMakers Summit.

The title of this blog could have been 10,000 Takeaways from The TheaterMakers Summit.   But to be honest, I have so many action items from our 103 speakers myself, I want to get working on…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:15AM
Friday, November 13, 2020

“One Last Time”

“One Last Time” is my favorite tune from Hamilton. There’s something gracious in the message, and something so amazing in the performance.  It’s one of the umpteen reasons I wanted …

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM

All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06: Slave Play
Feb 01: The Minutes