Friday, September 18, 2020

Why James Altucher and Jerry Seinfeld are both wrong about NYC.

If you’ve been watching your social meed-feed, then you know all about the war or words between Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Investor/Chess Player/Sometimes Comedian, James Altucher.   If …

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Tonight on the Livestream: The Olivier (and More) Award winning Author of The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez

Let’s just cut straight to it: My guest on tonight’s livestream wrote a play called “The most American play of the century.” That’s right, Matthew sat down to write “The Great Am…

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Monday, September 14, 2020

About Ben Brantley: Something I Never Thought I’d See or Say.

Producers, Actors, Directors have been whispering about it for years . . .   When will Ben Brantley give up his post?   Some have asked it with urgent desperation, as if a new Times critic…

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

I should have known this was coming. Because all the cool kids are doing it.

Want a quick tip on how to tell what’s next in all things online? Watch what the kids are doing. Especially when it comes to social media. Because here’s what happens: Kids find the lat…

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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Tonight on the Livestream: The Choreographer of Moulin Rouge and More, Sonya Tayeh

Tell me if you’ve been here before . . . You’re watching a show (ok, ok, I know it’s been a while, but think back) . . . and while you’re watching you become so amazed at what you’…

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

[In Memoriam] Broadway Comes Together in Song For Nick Cordero.

This has been a tough time for Broadway.  We lost shows.  We lost jobs. And sadly, we lost some of our “great ones,” including Nick Cordero. Nick’s story broke hearts all over Broadw…

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

[WINNERS!] And the Dr. Kenny Scholarship Fund Recipients Are… by Reilly Hickey

Because of the pandemic, I haven’t had the chance to give my dad a proper farewell.  There was no funeral, no memorial, and no celebration of his life. Someday in 2021, God willing, I wil…

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tonight on the Livestream: 4x Tony Award Nominee Raul Esparaza

If you watched my livestream with Brian Stokes Mitchell a few weeks ago, you got to hear me tell “Stokes” how something he did during the original production of Ragtime is on my Top 10…

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

You’re just ONE of these away from whatever you want in theater . . . or in anything.

There has been a lot of time for reflection during the last five and a half months. (Can it be only 5 months since Broadway shut down? Why does it feel like we’re stuck in some Back To The…

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Your questions about streaming shows online . . . answered.

 Two weeks ago, I admitted that I effed up.   I’ve received so many questions about streaming shows online that I realized I haven’t given you enough answers!   Well, that was then an…

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Tonight on the Livestream: Tony Award Nominee and star of Hadestown, Patrick Page.

How many actors do you know who can go from The Lion King to Saint Joan? From Beauty and the Beast to Julius Caesar? I know one. And he’s on my livestream tonight! I’ve been a fan of Pat…

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

What I keep saying to myself to help get through this.

It’s been over 5 months now since Broadway shut down and we got locked down.   And it hasn’t been easy.   In fact, a recent CDC survey indicated 41% of us are struggling with a mental …

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Are you a TheaterMaker with a Side Hustle? Let us help your hustle.

Since the Theater biz is so up and down, most TheaterMakers do something on the side to make some bucks. Some sell real estate. Some coach budding performers. Some make websites. And so on.…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Tonight on the Livestream: Tony Award Winner, Covid-19 Survivor and so much more, Brian Stokes Mitchell

I hear from a lot of people that they are busier than they have ever been during this crisis. I’ve started saying this in response . . . “Yeah, but no one is busier than Brian Stokes Mi…

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Howell Binkley: He lit up Broadway Stages and every room he was in.

The first time I saw a run-through of “Greased Lightning” from the 1994 revival of Grease was in a rehearsal studio.   I was the Production Assistant . . . and would later Stage Manage,…

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Is Diana the Musical the first domino in the straight-to-streaming market?

Is Diana the first domino in the straight-to-streaming market?     And you thought Princess Diana’s actual story was dramatic?   In one of the biggest stories to hit the Covid-infused a…

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Tonight on the Livestream: TAKE 2!!! 4-Time Tony Award-Winning Producer, Dori Berinstein

Alright, let’s try this again! Tony Award winner, Dori Berinstein, was all set to appear on our livestream last week . . . until that little brat of a tropical storm played with the power,…

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Your questions about going virtual, streaming, and putting shows online.

My first gig as a Company Manager was the 1st National Tour of Jekyll & Hyde in 1999. I was a rookie, and I made a lot of mistakes.   The biggest mistake I made was not answering questi…

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Friday, August 7, 2020

The Top 6 Most Important Skills A Producer Must Have. Part II

Did you enjoy your intermission?   Yesterday, I gave you Act I of this two-parter with 3 of the 6 top skills Broadway Producers must have now . . . and forever.   To give you a recap, that…

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Top 6 Most Important Skills A Producer Must Have. Part I

Last week, on a Zoom speaking event (because what else is there!), a recent college grad asked me a question.   “During this down time, what skills should I develop if I want to be a succ…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tonight on the Livestream: 4-Time Tony Award-Winning Producer, Dori Berinstein

Programming alert! Your mind is NOT playing pandemic tricks on you.  We WERE originally scheduled to have Broadway leading man, Norm Lewis, on the show this evening. Mr. Lewis had a last mi…

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Monday, August 3, 2020

The Challenge of Creating Theater during Covid-19. Quite Literally.

As the pandemic continues to put a damper on everyone’s theatrical plans, it can be a struggle to, well, plan.  And I get it. Believe me. On March 10th, I said to my staff, “We’re goi…

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Friday, July 31, 2020

7 Predictions For When Broadway Comes Back. Part II

Welcome back, readers, and prepare ye for four more predictions for post-Covid Broadway.   In case you missed it, my first four projections went up here a wee 24 hours ago. And I emailed …

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

7 Predictions For When Broadway Comes Back. Part I

I spend a good 25% of my day thinking about what we’re going to look like on the other side of this thing. It’s not the healthiest activity to engage in. Things change so fast, it’s ha…

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Tonight on the Livestream: 6-Time Tony Nominee, Danny Burstein

Danny Burstein has one of the most unique resumes on Broadway. And it’s because of something he told me on the podcast we did a bit ago. He doesn’t like to repeat himself.  He likes to…

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

How our conference has changed . . . and tickets are (finally) on sale.

At the end of our conference last year, I told my team . . . “Next year, we’re going to do something totally different!” Little did I know! 🙂 The theater is a constantly evolving ar…

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

[REMINDER] 10 Days until Apps Due for the Dr. Kenny Encouragement Fund Scholarships

Yesterday, I wrote a post to the recently graduated seniors who are jumping into the deep end of the biz right now (with less water in the pool). Today’s post is a quick reminder to the fu…

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Listen to All Episodes of The Producer’s Perspective Podcast

——- Don’t forget! I’m going LIVE every Tuesday over on my Facebook at 8pm eastern. To see the full schedule visit, www.theproducersperspective.com/LIVE.

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Tonight on the Livestream: Broadway star, Steven Pasquale!

Steven Pasquale is always at the top of every casting director’s list for every role on Broadway.   The problem is, the same is true in Hollywood.   We’re lucky that he loves the stage…

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Monday, July 20, 2020

My message to the 2020 Graduated Seniors getting into the Theater.

You had one dream.   You wanted to be in a show. Or direct a show. Or write a show.   What did you get instead?   A @#$% show.   I can’t even imagine what it must be like to be you rig…

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Friday, July 17, 2020

A few (choice) words from Governor Cuomo (that may sound familiar).

This will be brief. And it will NOT be a trashy takedown of our Governor. Because he has done a fantastic job facing this monster of a crisis. No, no. The choice words I have for him are his…

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