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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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Brian Williams should have been a playwright, not a reporter.

Oh, Brian. You’re so dramatic. You were shot down. You got dysentery. You saved puppies. (I mean, puppies, Brian? You brought sweet, innocent little puppies into your stories?) Ok, true or not, let’s face it, Brian can tell a story. He just seemed to forget that a news story isn’t something you tell around a campfire, or whisper to your kids to get them to sleep at night. News stories, like all press, have to be true. As a Producer, you’re gonna want press. And lots of it. As Super Power press agent Rick Miramontez said in my very first podcast, …

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Podcast Episode #7 – All about The Roundabout with Artistic Director, Todd Haimes.

Everyone on the commercial side of the industry thinks the non-profits have it so easy.  They can take donations, stars will work for scale, and so on.  I had a feeling there was another side to this story, which is why for Episode #7, I went to the King of all Non-Profits, Mr. Todd Haimes, the Artistic Director of arguably one of the most powerful non-profit theaters in the world, the Roundabout Theatre Company. How did it get to the top o’ the heap? Two words. Todd Haimes. It was under Todd’s leadership that the theater emerged from bankruptcy, acquired …

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