Podcast Episode #21 – Building a Bridge from Broadway to Bay Street with Director Scott Schwartz

In my over-twenty years of Broadway and Off Broadway theatergoing, there have been a handful of productions that were so unique, and so special, that I’ll never forget them. Scott Schwartz directed two of them. One was the ridiculously funny, ripped from the tabloids, Bat Boy: The Musical (oh that spoof of the Lion King number – before everyone …

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What Broadway does that tours should do, and a “Will it Recoup?” update!

When a Broadway show recoups its capitalization, the Producer and the Press Agent scream it from the hills like they were Mel Gibson in Braveheart going into battle.  “Recooooooooouuuuuupppppment!!!!” And they should. Recouping a Broadway show ain’t easy, so everyone involved (including the artists and actors, btw) should be so proud of what they’ve done.  (And besides, …

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The problem with today’s out-of-town tryout and why they can kill a show.

After a very well received workshop, and after Side Show posted a premature closing notice, Something Rotten! pulled out of their out-of-town tryout to come straight in to Broadway. How’d it work out for ’em? Well, Rotten is one of the four Tony nominees in the closely-contested Best Musical race (and I heard many at this week’s Broadway League Spring …

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