Favorite Quotes Vol. XXXII: Why Smash is great, whether you like it or not.

It must be close to the end of the scholastic year, because I’ve gotten a few more emails than usual from high school and college students (including one from China) asking me for quotes or looking for answers to questions for the end-of-term papers about Broadway and Off-Broadway.

My favorite one came from a young man who lives in the great state of Texas, and it went something like this:

“My name is Elijah and I am a theatre student at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. We are currently doing a project on theatre jobs and I chose to do mine on the job of a producer because I’ve been watching too much Smash.”

As I wrote about in this blog from 2009, one of the great effects of dramatic entertainment is its ability to inspire.

And hopefully, Smash will continue to inspire young men and women like Elijah to learn more about producing . . . and maybe they’ll find out they like it . . . and want to do it.

Because the more people we have producing, the better our business and the better our art.

 

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  • Bryan David says:

    Dear Mr. Davenport, et al:

    With the continued success of show’s like, “Sweeney Todd” and, “Jekyll & Hyde” I am looking for a Producer who wants to produce a love story and is NOT afraid of the dark. Do you know one or five?

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    The Life & Times
    Of:
    ‘Jack The Ripper’

    A Musical Love Story! ™

    Concept, Titles,
    Book & Lyrics
    Written
    by:

    Bryan David

    Music
    Composed & Arranged
    by:

    Brandon Kress

  • Jenny says:

    NBC is getting in on musical madness with new show Smash, a drama that follows the production of a musical about Marilyn Monroe and the two ingénues vying for the lead. With high production value and an ensemble cast that includes Debra Messing and Anjelica Huston, the show is a colorful, splashy, and tune
    filled entrant into the midseason lineup.

  • Jenny says:

    Also instrumental to the authenticity of Smash is the multi award-winning team of Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, whove produced the Oscar-winning Chicago, Hairspray, and the current hit Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Meron and Zadan tell The Advocate why the backstage drama of creating a musical about Monroe has mass appeal and why big stars like Anjelica Huston, Uma Thurman, Bernadette Peters, and Nick Jonas were eager to appear in it.
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  • Alisa says:

    Also instrumental to the authenticity of Smash is the multi awardwinning team of Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, whove produced the Oscarwinning Chicago, Hairspray, and the current hit Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Meron and Zadan tell The Advocate why the backstage drama of creating a musical about Monroe has mass appeal and why big stars like Anjelica Huston, Uma Thurman, Bernadette Peters, and Nick Jonas were eager to appear in it.
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