3-26-15

The Trends of Ten Years of New York Times Broadway Reviews. An infographic.

What’s cool about creating stuff, is that sometimes you make something for one specific purpose . . . and then you find it has a whole other purpose later on. It happens in the pharmaceutical industry all the time.  Did you know Viagra was originally made to treat hypertension?  Imagine the surprise when they conducted those clinical trials! This phenomenon just happened to me.  And I think you’re going to get as excited as those Viagra patients when you see the results. Here’s what happened: About five years ago, I started the Broadway review website DidHeLikeIt.com because I wanted to be the …

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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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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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Why a book writer is called a book writer and not . . .

I’m going to tickle your toes with a little tease right now . . . I just recorded Episode #4 of my Podcast with the living legend that is Terrence McNally, and when it hits the web-waves in a couple of weeks, make sure you tune in, because does he drop some advice bombs that will blow your mind. One of the subjects I dove into with Terrence got into the subject of writing plays versus writing musicals, since he’s a master of both forms.  He gave me a couple of great takeaways that you’ll have to wait until the …

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