Look at the current hit Moneyball . . . starring and produced by the one and never lonely, Brad Pitt.
Look at Tom Hanks, who has come a long way since "Bosom Buddies," and is listed on the producing team of Mamma Mia!, among others.
So why don't we see more Broadway stars sitting on stools at Sardi's?
The answer is pretty simple . . . in Hollywood, those Producers aren't responsible for raising the money.
And, of course, in many cases, their Producer title is more about control over their brand, and in other cases, just something else their agents can grab for them in their negotiations.
So, I do get it.
But still . . . wouldn't it be interesting to see Nathan Lane produce a show? What about Bernadette? Or Norbert Leo Butz? These are people with great artistic taste . . . surely they could pick a hit, right? Or add a perspective to the table that maybe hadn't been heard before?
And surely, their name above the title would sell a few tickets.
I'm not sure how it would work out if a show used the Hollywood model . . . because honestly, I think so many Hollywoodisms are about ego instead of art. It would obviously depend a lot on the actor and on the piece that they were presenting.
But it's certainly something I'd like to see more of . . .
(Got a comment? I love 'em, so comment below! Email subscribers, click here, then scroll down, to say what's on your mind!)
- 16 Days to Godspell! Read the day-by-day account of producing Godspell on Broadway here.
SIGN UP TODAY
MOST POPULAR BLOG POSTS
CATEGORIES10 Qs for Broadway Pros
Fun on a Friday
Invest in Broadway Shows
Overheard At Angus
Questions From Readers
The Most Popular Posts of the Month
Theater Things That Don't Make Sense
Things To See
Upcoming SeminarsJun 22 SatAug 17 SatSep 14 Sat
Ken’s Top 5 Reads
Purple Cow: Transform Your Business...
The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers