10 Shows that Stand Out at the Fringe – 2014

Some people like to read Stephen King or John Grisham novels in the summertime. You know what I like to read? The Fringe Festival catalog! Oh, man, there’s nothing like downloading that sucker, flipping through the pages, and looking at all the potential!  There are one-man shows, one-woman shows, and even a few one-man-who-used-to-be-a-woman shows! The New York International Fringe Festival is the melting pot of the theater.  Give me your tired, your poor, your odd ball musical, and the Fringe will give you a space to showcase it to the world . . . and to Producers like me. …

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Did you miss TEDxBroadway? The 2014 TEDxBroadway Videos are now live.

One of the requirements for holding a TEDx event is that you have to, have to, have to film every talk, and put them online for the world (wide web) to see.  Since TED’s mission is to spread great ideas that could change the world for the better, it makes sense, right? I kind of think that The Theater’s mission is the same. Imagine if we were required to video every show and put it online for the world to see!  Wouldn’t that be awesome? Since that won’t happen until hell freezes over and then melts into a river of …

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Five Shows that Stand Out at the NYMF: 2014

Summer lovin’, had me a . . . festival! The New York Musical Theatre Festival, the first of the summer show fests, starts in just 11 days!  Got your tickets yet? If you haven’t scheduled which shows you’re going to see, let me give you some suggests . . . Every year, I take a look at the NYMF catalog and I pick the five shows that “stand out” to my Producer eye. You see, festivals are like outlet malls for Producers . . . we go shopping for shows, just like you’d go shopping for a pair of capris or those …

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Why I’m producing It’s Only A Play on Broadway.

A bunch of years ago I looked into commissioning a playwright to write a backstage comedy about the business of Broadway. More specifically,  I wanted this play set at a Broadway ad meeting . . . over the course of the production of a Broadway show.   So you’d meet all the crazy characters that it took to put on a show . . . from the Producers to the Investors to the Director to the Mad Men-like Ad Men and so on . . . starting from the first ad meeting and following them through to the first preview ad …

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Want to know the secrets of Off Broadway casting?

I don’t have them. But, I know some people that do. And those secret-holders are gonna be featured on a panel this coming Sunday, June 1st, sponsored by our good ol’ friends at the Off Broadway Alliance. Pssst .  . . calling all actors, this one is for you. For an hour and a half on Sunday starting at high noon, Casting Directors Cindi Rush (Under My Skin, Silence!, Urinetown), Michael Cassara (Forbidden Broadway, I Love Lucy Live on Stage, Fat Camp) and General Manager Scott Newsome (Handle With Care, Two Character Play, iLuminate, Triassic Parq) will be spilling their …

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