4-17-15

Fun on a Friday: He left us, but hasn’t forgotten us.

When it was announced that James Corden was taking over The Late Late Show I cried a little. Why was I so verklempt? Because when I saw Jimbo in One Man, Two Guvnors I remember thinking, “Mother humper, we found the next Nathan Lane.” And then, Hollywood stole him right off of our stage. But as you all know, when you have the theater in your blood, you can’t get it out.  And thankfully, Jimmy’s got enough of the good stuff coursing through his veins, and that means he may do us even more good from his new post than if had he …

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4-16-15

You’ve built an army, but the war is over. What do you do with ‘em?

You ever cruise Facebook or Twitter, and see a page that hasn’t been updated in awhile?  And I’m not talking days or weeks . . . but months . . . years even.  You know what I’m talking about . . . a page where the last post says something like, “Have you see Frozen yet?  I think “Let It Go” might be a keeper,” or “Happy millennium everyone . . . Y2-what?” There’s nothing more depressing.  To me, pages like that are like abandoned houses in bad neighborhoods, with weeds where the grass once grew, and broken beer bottles strewn …

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4-9-15

Why I’m mad at Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The truth is . . . I love me some Lloyd Webber. Whether we’re talking old school JCS or Joseph, the classic Phantom (the first Broadway show I ever saw), the uber-romantic Aspects of Love (scaled down revival, John Doyle?), or even The Beautiful Game, it doesn’t matter.  I just am such a sucker for those sweeping scores and ear-worm melodies (in 1995 my “alert” sound on my Mac PowerBook was the two second audio clip, “Sunset Boooooulevard!” as sung by Alan Campbell). And on top of all this creativity, he’s also got some serious business acumen, producing his own shows, owning theaters, and leading the …

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4-14-15

What Hillary Clinton’s announcement means for your press strategy.

Were you surprised??? On Sunday, Hillary Clinton announced that she was running for President! This is my shocked face.   Ok, so no one was taken aback by the news . . . but some folks were taken aback by the way she announced the news. In the old days, the potential first female President would have held a big press conference, invited press days before, and issued a release simultaneously with her live announcement to make sure every nook and cranny of the media world knew about her intentions.  In fact, she might have even sent out that press release …

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law

Podcast Episode #15 – Broadway Attorney Dan Wasser explains the JOBS Act and more.

One of the first people that a Broadway Producer hires when he or she sets out to produce a show is his or her attorney. So, I thought it was about time we heard from one. It’s a fascinating time in the legal world of Broadway shows, particularly in the area of how money is raised for Broadway shows.  That’s why I picked one of the experts in our industry on financing for this episode, my own attorney, Daniel M. Wasser of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo! I’ve worked with Dan for over a decade, and he has given me …

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