Podcast Episode 64 – Two Time Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer, Robyn Goodman

I was an only child.  I got used to doing a lot of things by myself.

So partnering with someone, personally or on a project, can be a little daunting for someone like me.

Thank goodness my first partner was this week’s guest, the Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer of Avenue Q, Cinderella, In the Heights and so many more.

Robyn was the perfect partner, joining me on Altar Boyz “just when I needed her most” (as the song goes), and helped me guide it to Off-Broadway and its five year run.

In this week’s podcast, Robyn talks about producing partnerships (including her very successful ones with Co-Producers Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller) and a bunch more including:

  • How she (literally) survived her first producing project.  (Wait until you hear what the Playwright wanted to do to her.)
  • How she convinced the Writers of Avenue Q to skip the screen and take the show to the stage . . . and to let her be the one to help.
  • The delicate art of giving notes to Authors (and let me tell you – Robyn is a master of this!).
  • What she does when a show doesn’t work.
  • What it’s like being a powerful female Producer in the “old boys’ club” of Broadway.

If you’re lucky enough to get the chance to work with Robyn, I highly recommend it.  If not, get the next best thing by listening to her advice here.

(And next week, as I announce at the end of this week’s podcast, hear from one of the super famous Writers that Robyn helped discover . . . listen now to find out who!)

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  • Dale says:

    Ken,

    I’ve been enjoying your posts quite a bit and would love to find a way to connect. I have been developing HADESTOWN, an extraordinary new musical (winner of the 2016 Richard Rogers Award for New Musicals) that will premiere at New York Theatre Workshop in May. The project started under my supervision while I was Artistic Director of The Broad Stage in Santa Monica (a gorgeous mid-size theater that I founded and ran for seven years) before I joined forces with producer Mara Isaacs. Together we have nurtured, cajoled and advocated for Anais Mitchell (author/composer) and collaborated with director Rachel Chavkin and New York Theatre Workshop, which has been a great institutional partner. I’d love to share our story with you.

    I will be in New York in two weeks. Could we find time to get together?

    Best,

    Dale

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