A reader pinged me last week wanting me to clarify exactly what a General Manager’s job was on a Broadway show, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain it . . . using one of my favorite theatrical analogies.
I think the hierarchical leadership structure of a Broadway play or Broadway musical [...]
It’s easy to believe the old cliché out there that all Producers are union-hating organizer-busters. And it’s easy to believe that all card carrying members of any of our theatrical unions hate the Producers that hire them.
And it just ain’t true.
Years and decades and yes, a century ago, some [...]
I went to see a show the other night and found myself sitting right next to an old fuddy-duddy (I do realize that by using the term “fuddy-duddy,” I am probably now one myself). He was buttoned-up and scowling from the moment he walked into the hallowed halls of the theater.
He was absolutely [...]
Anyone else read the NY Times article this past Sunday about the influx of Movie Studios on Broadway? You know, the one that said Wicked would be Universal’s most successful property . . . ever. Like it makes ET or Jurassic Park look like a couple of low-budget fringe shows.
This is a subject I’ve [...]
Negotiations in the theater shouldn’t take very long. Jobs aren’t as common, so most Artists want to find a way to take the gig. And most Artists have such specific talents that Producers want them and only them.
It’s the best of all possible negotiating worlds, because both parties want it to work out.
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