Hamilton’s moving on up. What would you have done?

There has been a historical amount of buzz about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s The Hamilton Mixtape (the original title) since . . . well, since he first told people he was writing it!  Maestro Miranda had already ushered in a new type of Broadway storytelling with his first show, In the Heights, so the industry was like a kid waiting for Xmas to roll around when we all heard he was putting pen to paper and working on his second musical. Someone outside the Broadway biz asked me why there was so much attention around the debut of the now titled Hamilton this spring.  I’ve never responded …

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Are we experiencing another British invasion?

I don’t know about you, but it feels like everywhere I look this Broadway season, someone is talking with a British accent. We’ve got Curious Incident and Queen Elizabeth and that two-parter Wolf Hall to name just a few of the tea and crumpet crews that have landed on our shores this year. So is it just me, or are the British really coming, and coming, and coming? As much as I like to go with my gut, I like to go with the data even more, so I put my trusty assistant Dylan on the task of sorting through …

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Why theater owners should produce more . . . again.

Back in the day, the theater owners were some of the most prolific Producers on Broadway.  They produced in part by necessity . . . if their theaters were dark and they needed a booking, they just produced a show to fill the slot. But as theater became more expensive, and therefore more risky, and as more and more Producers raised their hands and said, “I wanna be a Producer,” the theater owners backed off and said, “Be our guest.” But the recent announcement of theater owner Jordan Roth’s upcoming revival of Falsettos reminded me that they should all start producing again with the …

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Why I am producing The Visit on Broadway.

If you read the Arts & Leisure section of the NY Times in print then you may have caught a full page ad for the upcoming Broadway musical, The Visit. And if you looked closely at those names above the title, you might have noticed that mine was among ‘em! Yep, that’s right, I’m proud to be one of the producers on this brand new, daring musical by John Kander, the late Fred Ebb, and Terrence McNally and starring Broadway legend Chita Rivera and one of my favorite actors, Roger Rees.  (Quite a team, wouldn’t you say?) The Visit is, …

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Podcast Episode #4 – Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally explains it all.

I first met Terrence McNally when I was the Associate Company Manager on Ragtime, although I felt like I had known him for years before.  There’s just something about his work . . . the characters, the language, the intimacy, the comedy infused with the tragedy . . . that feels like a friend who holds your hand and says, “Come, I want to show you something . . . and you won’t be the same after you see it.” Since then I’ve been honored to produce two McNally works; last season’s Mothers and Sons and this season’s big fat Broadway hit, It’s …

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