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Podcast Episode #232: How shows get the green light on Broadway versus Hollywood.

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Looking to get a show produced on Broadway or Off-Broadway?  Or curious how a show gets the green light in the theater biz, as opposed to our (sort-of) sister industry in Hollywood?

Listen in.  I break it down.

 

AFTER YOU LISTEN:

My mission is to get more people talking about the theater.  The more people talking about it, the more people who want to make it, perform it, support it, etc.  And that’s how theater not only survives, but thrives.

The biggest compliment you can give me is by sharing this podcast.

I thank you and the theater thanks you!

What Broadway Shows Are Opening Back Up And When (So Far)

On May 5, 2021, Governor Cuomo announced that Broadway shows can return to performances with a full capacity as of September 14, 2021. Though we have not heard from the unions, theatre owners, and producers on their specific safety plans they’re putting into place, the following shows have announced their reopening dates (or for a few . . . their Opening Nights!).

 

SIX THE MUSICAL

First Performance: September 17, 2021

Opening Night: October 3, 2021

Tickets On Sale: May 10, 2021

 

PHANTOM ON THE OPERA

First Performance: October 22, 2021

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AIN’T TOO PROUD

First Performance: October 16, 2021

Tickets On Sale: May 6, 2021

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DIANA

First Performance: December 1, 2021

Opening Night: December 16, 2021

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JAGGED LITTLE PILL

First Performance: October 21, 2021

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CHICAGO

First Performance: September 14, 2021

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MRS. DOUBTFIRE

First Performance: Oct 21, 2021

Opening Night: December 5, 2021

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COME FROM AWAY

First Performance: September 21, 2021

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COMPANY

First Performance: December 20, 2021

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Watch this space and my social for updates to this list as more Broadway shows announce their reopening dates.

May 7, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

From more Broadway reopening news from Governor Cuomo to National Tours and revivals making their way back to the stage (and screen) to concerns about the country going back to “normal”. . . here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – Andrew Cuomo Says Broadway Shows Will Open at Full Capacity September 14

The Governor of New York announced that Broadway will start selling tickets as soon as May 6th, with a reopening date of September 14th, 2021. Few shows have announced exact opening dates. Diana says it will resume December 1 and the revival of The Music Man expects to begin previews December 20.

Read more: playbill.com 

 

2 – Wicked tour announces return date as first touring production to resume

The musical will have it’s post-pandemic premiere at the Music Hall at Fair Park in Dallas from early August to September. Tickets for the Dallas showing of Wicked will go on sale May 21st.

Read more: broadwaynews.com

 

3- Applications Now Open For The Prince Fellowship

Applications for the newly renamed Fellowship (in honor of the late great Hal Prince) are open now through June 15. Prospective applicants are asked to join an informational Webinar at 6PM EST on Thursday, May 13.

Read more: broadwayworld.com 

 

4 – The Secret Garden Revival Workshop to Stream in May

Warren Carlyle will direct the musical workshop.The streaming proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the Dramatists Guild Foundation and the Actors Fund. Some cast members for this workshop will include Clifton Duncan as Archibald, Drew Gehling as Neville Craven, Sierra Boggess as Lily, and Amber Iman as Martha.

Read more: theatermania.com

 

5- As we return to normal, a new plague: stage fright in the theater of daily life

As we begin to leave our homes and return to normal, waves of fear arise. There are still concerns about variants and the number of people who still aren’t fully protected. Despite progress made with vaccinations around the country, concerns are growing. 

Read more: latimes.com 

 

Fun on a Friday:

As Broadway’s reopening nears, Six the Musical announced their opening night will happen (again) on September 17th. 

 

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3 Pieces of Advice I Got From My Mom That I Use Everyday.

Mom gives the best advice.

I wasn’t so sure about that when I was a teenager, but boy am I now.

So, in pre-celebration of Mother’s Day (It’s this Sunday – in case you haven’t ordered your gift yet!) I thought I’d thank my mom by sharing three pieces of advice she gave me that I use every day.

Here they are:

 1.  “Don’t ever use that word!” 

She snapped at me so fast, you would have thought I say the eff word in church. But what I said to her back in my early 20s wasn’t even a cuss. It was this . . .

“But Mom, I deserve . . . “

“Deserve,” she said. “Oh no. I won’t let you say that. You don’t deserve anything.  You work hard.  You work long.  And you receive. If you’re not happy with where you are, do something to change it.  But don’t just sit back and think you deserve anything just because.”

It’s easy to get to that place in this business.  Because you can work your tail off and still not be where you want to be.  But thinking that you deserve something over other people is not going to help. In fact, it’ll put you in that bitter camp of people who go backward rather than forward.

I’m so thankful my Mom set me straight that day. And her verbal slap in the face is what I remember on the tough days when I’m super frustrated that something isn’t further along.

Eliminate “deserve” from your vocabulary and you’ll find yourself getting further, and you’ll be happier throughout the process.

2. “Finding out what you want to do is like that SAT course you took.” 
On another day in my early 20s, I called her almost in tears, because I knew I was about to get fired from a job. (I walked in on my supervisor interviewing a potential replacement.) It was ok, I hated the job. And I wanted to quit anyway.

“So what’s the problem,” Mom said.

“But Mom, I’m 22 years old . . . I’ve worked in at least 10 different jobs in this business.  And I don’t know what I want to do!”

And that’s when she truth bombed me.

“Kenneth, it’s ok. First, you’re only 22. Second, with every job you do that you don’t like, you get closer to the one that you DO!”

In other words, finding the right career path is like the trick they taught me at The Princeton Review SAT Course.  Finding the right answer is about eliminating the wrong ones.

I settled into a job that I loved about three months later.

And lastly . . .


3.  “Come on, Kenneth, you’re auditioning for this show.” 
This wasn’t so much a piece of advice, as it was an order. I was only five, so that’s all I really knew. But for some reason, maybe it was because I was an only child.  Maybe it was because my parents were recently divorced. Maybe it was because they were both involved in the local theater, so it was a place we could still be a family.

Whatever the reason, my mother dragged me to an audition for The Steadfast Tin Soldier when I was five, and my life was forever changed.

Because I not only got to spend time with both my mom and dad, but I also met the family that I will spend the rest of my life with: theatermakers.

Mom, you’re the best.  And I thank you for every piece of advice you ever gave.  Even the stuff that I said was crazy at the time.

Happy Mother’s Day and please . . . keep telling me what to do.  Because I owe so much of who I am to you.

How do you honor your mom? Drop a comment here and let me know!

Tickets Going Back on Sale for Broadway! Shows to open on 9/14!

It’s official! Today, Governor Cuomo gave us the green light to reopen Broadway at 100% beginning September 14th!!!  Tickets for your favorite show may go on sale ANY moment!

Those first performances are going to sell out in a minute (can you imagine being at that first performance?) so get your buy-tickets finger ready!

And make sure you’re following my socials for the announcements when the shows go on sale!

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Over the next few days, I want you to do this ONE thing.

Are you ready for this one?

I want you to take a break.

That’s right, for the first time, I’m telling you that I don’t want you to do a @#$%ing thing! 🙂

I’m serious.

If you can’t take the whole day off, maybe a few hours?

You know what happens if you run a car engine too long, at too high a speed? It overheats.

See, if you’re anything like me, you may have been seriously revving your engines over the past several months. Maybe you’ve had virtual readings, or writing deadlines . . . or maybe you’ve just been coming up with a plan to accomplish whatever you want to accomplish before a certain time, but all of that is work, and energy.

And if you don’t shut off the engine every once in a while, it’ll shut itself down for you. And when it “breaks,” like that . . . it’s much harder to get it going again.

Not only is it healthy on your action engine to pause to smell the petunias, but the flip side is that it always opens you up to new thoughts and ideas.

You know how many epiphanic moments I’ve had on the golf course?

Or . . . I’m sure you’ve had a “light bulb” moment in the shower, right? Why do you think so many people have these shower moments? Because they’ve let go, shut off, and have a relaxing rain washing away the tension of the day.

So, for the next few days, take some time to NOT do something. 🙂

Even if that means taking a break for just a moment during your day. . . Whatever you do, take that moment to sit, relax and unwind. 

You’ll be ready to come back next week even more jazzed to conquer what’s ahead.

And there’s a lot of exciting things to come, isn’t there?

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For more, check out the TheaterMakers Facebook group here!

 

Athletes and All Other Pros do it. Why not us?

There is a tremendous resource out there that most TheaterMakers don’t take advantage of.

Which is why you should.  Because you’d then get that advantage.

It’s not a secret resource.  The top, middle, and bottom of the field in major league athletics or major league anything all use it.

Why not us?

I wrote about this resource and how you can use it to get ahead on this week’s “From The Founder” blog on TheTheaterMakersStudio.

Check it out here.

Podcast Episode #231: The message I’d push right now if I was marketing all of Broadway.

ESTIMATED LISTENING TIME OF THIS PODCAST EPISODE:  12 Minutes

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There are two things you should do right now if you want the theater to come back and come back even FASTER than people like me are predicting (think fall.)

If you want to hear what those two things are, and then hear how we could spread this message to the world, listen in.

 

AFTER YOU LISTEN:

My mission is to get more people talking about the theater.  The more people talking about it, the more people who want to make it, perform it, support it, etc.  And that’s how theater not only survives, but thrives.

The biggest compliment you can give me is by sharing this podcast.

I thank you and the theater thanks you!

As TheaterMakers get back to work, are you looking for a place to work?

The theater is (almost) back!

That means, if you’re a TheaterMaker, you should be starting to get serious now.  We all know how long it takes to get things going in this biz . . . so if you’re waiting until we’re fully up and running, that’ll be too late.

So get to it!

And if you’re like me, working out of your home lost its appeal last April.  🙂

if you want to get back to work, and need some space, we have private offices for sublet in my office, right in the heart of Times Square, in a very theatrical building (yep, we network in the elevators).

This setup is perfect for Producers, writers, or anyone looking for a place to get @#$% done. Message me for more.

April 30, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

From a brand new In The Heights new trailer and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee movie musical to New York City finally opening up again . . . here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – Watch Anthony Ramos, Lin-Manuel Miranda, More in New Trailer for In The Heights Movie

The event of the summer has arrived! The newest trailer debuted during the Oscars ceremony on April 25. The trailer includes more of the storyline and plot including Anthony Ramos, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more! Did you know Lin is coming out with a new book, In The Heights, Finding Home? Pre-order here and grab your copy before June 22!

Read more: playbill.com 

 

2 – Small Business Administration Receives 1700+ SVOG Applications on First Day

“As of noon ET (April 26th), the SVOG portal had received 17,356 applications and, of those, 9,472 had been started and 7,884 had been submitted,” a rep told Variety. Venues can still apply for relief.

Read more: broadwayworld.com

 

3 – Disney Tackling ‘The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee’ Movie Musical (Exclusive)

The show hit Broadway in 2005 and earned six Tony nominations, winning two. Now, it is coming to the big screen with the help of Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich

 Read more: hollywoodreporter.com

 

4 – Governor Cuomo Announces Capacity Increases for Offices, Gyms, Casinos and More

Gov. Cuomo announced beginning May 19, outdoor events can increase their capacity from 25% to 33%.

Read more: broadwayworld.com

 

5 – De Blasio plans to ‘fully reopen’ NYC in July, but signals September for Broadway

Mayor De Blasio has officially announced the city will be ready to fully reopen July 1. Due to the rapid pace of vaccinations happening around the city, they will be planning for 100% reopening rates for all stores, gyms and arenas. Broadway is still delayed and planning to reopen in September. “But I’d love to see some of the smaller shows up in July and August”, de Blasio said.

Read & watch more: broadwayworld.com 

 

Fun on a Friday!

Have you had a chance to watch the Broadway Masked Singer yet?

 

 


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