Podcast Episode 145 – Powerhouse Literary Agent to the Stars, Jonathan Lomma

There was a time when I thought about being an agent.  I interviewed with the big three-lettered agencies and was even offered a couple of gigs.  But I didn’t take them.

Because I didn’t have the stamina to sit behind one of those desks for 5+ years before I could agent myself.

You know who did have that stamina and guts?  Today’s guest, Mr. Jonathan Lomma.

Jonathan heard about agenting early on, and whether he knew it or not, he put himself on a path, which he fulfilled, of representing legends like Terrence McNally, Arthur Laurents, and Edward Albee.

We talked about what it was like working with such major writers like the triple-play above, as well as:

  • What made him go to law school even though he was a child actor.
  • Jonathan’s theory of how musicals changed after 2001.
  • How an emerging writer gets on his radar.
  • His favorite quote about working closely with people on the “other side” of the table.
  • And more.

Within five seconds of meeting Jonathan, you just know that he found his calling.  Being an agent is exactly what he is supposed to do.

And after five seconds of listening to this podcast, you’ll realize that Jonathan isn’t just an agent for his clients.  He’s an agent for the theater.  And we’re lucky to have him as an advocate.

Enjoy!

Click here for the link to my podcast with Jonathan!

Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review, while you’re there!)

Download it here.

 

Podcast Episode 145 – Jonathan Lomma

 

There was a time when I thought about being an agent.  I interviewed with the big three-lettered agencies and was even offered a couple of gigs.  But I didn’t take them.

Because I didn’t have the stamina to sit behind one of those desks for 5+ years before I could agent myself.

You know who did have that stamina and guts?  Today’s guest, Mr. Jonathan Lomma.

Jonathan heard about agenting early on, and whether he knew it or not, he put himself on a path, which he fulfilled, of representing legends like Terrence McNally, Arthur Laurents, and Edward Albee.

We talked about what it was like working with such major writers like the triple-play above, as well as:

  • What made him go to law school even though he was a child actor.
  • Jonathan’s theory of how musicals changed after 2001.
  • How an emerging writer gets on his radar.
  • His favorite quote about working closely with people on the “other side” of the table.
  • And more.

Within five seconds of meeting Jonathan, you just know that he found his calling.  Being an agent is exactly what he is supposed to do.

And after five seconds of listening to this podcast, you’ll realize that Jonathan isn’t just an agent for his clients.  He’s an agent for the theater.  And we’re lucky to have him as an advocate.

Enjoy!

Click above to listen to my podcast with Jonathan!

Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review, while you’re there!)

Download it here.

Broadway Grosses w/e 10/27/2019: Ticket sales are getting spooky heading into Halloween

Last week’s overall grosses slipped just slightly more than 1% to $34M while attendance dipped 3% to 278k. 

After five years on Broadway, Beautiful played its final performance to SRO crowds and had its best box office week since the 2014 holidays. Carole King looks to pass her baton to Tina Turner as the show based on her life plays to sold out houses at the Lunt-Fontanne.

David Byrne’s American Utopia had a nearly $300k jump over last week bringing in $910k for only six performances. It’s now on sale through February 2020.

You can find the rest of the figures below, courtesy of The Broadway League:

Show Name Gross  TotalAttn  %Capacity AvgPdAdm
AIN’T TOO PROUD $1,530,810.16                  11,082 97.28% $138.13
ALADDIN $1,242,732.00                  13,225 95.72% $93.97
AMERICAN UTOPIA $910,605.76                    5,744 99.62% $158.53
BEAUTIFUL $1,209,465.40                    8,258 100.61% $146.46
BEETLEJUICE $1,079,678.50                  11,254 94.22% $95.94
BETRAYAL $678,448.70                    6,399 77.21% $106.02
CHICAGO $667,723.90                    7,858 90.95% $84.97
COME FROM AWAY $1,000,793.40                    8,526 101.89% $117.38
DEAR EVAN HANSEN $1,071,494.37                    7,971 101.26% $134.42
DERREN BROWN: SECRET $340,648.00                    4,437 62.39% $76.77
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME $685,578.00                    5,428 88.69% $126.30
FROZEN $948,568.10                  12,247 90.91% $77.45
HADESTOWN $1,395,853.50                    7,444 101.36% $187.51
HAMILTON $2,965,824.00                  10,753 101.52% $275.81
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS ONE AND TWO $1,001,780.00                  12,976 100.00% $77.20
LINDA VISTA $240,198.42                    3,090 66.03% $77.73
MEAN GIRLS $790,542.75                    8,862 90.43% $89.21
MOULIN ROUGE! $2,197,947.00                  10,494 100.75% $209.45
OKLAHOMA! $469,965.06                    4,364 83.79% $107.69
SLAVE PLAY $471,769.50                    5,469 86.21% $86.26
THE BOOK OF MORMON $1,073,830.90                    8,456 100.96% $126.99
THE GREAT SOCIETY $404,145.00                    5,097 60.11% $79.29
THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM $335,445.00                    3,739 72.69% $89.72
THE INHERITANCE $602,019.00                    5,377 73.30% $111.96
THE LIGHTNING THIEF $173,120.00                    3,368 39.24% $51.40
THE LION KING $1,999,095.00                  12,924 95.25% $154.68
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA $881,182.62                  10,130 78.89% $86.99
THE ROSE TATTOO $488,029.80                    5,321 92.25% $91.72
THE SOUND INSIDE $544,698.00                    5,710 71.52% $95.39
TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL $1,371,009.00                  10,346 100.00% $132.52
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD $2,217,401.16                  11,679 101.73% $189.86
TOOTSIE $866,273.80                    9,112 71.10% $95.07
WAITRESS $640,981.70                    7,124 85.22% $89.97
WICKED $1,486,184.50                  13,823 95.62% $107.52
TOTALS $33,983,842.00           278,087 87.31% $116.77
+/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON +$849,857.87      
PERCENTAGE +/- THIS WEEK LAST SEASON 2.56%      

Today’s blog was guest-written by Ryan Conway, President of Architect Theatrical. Find out more here!

Here’s something to take to the beach . . . and a lesson too.

I got an email from a reader recently saying, “Ken!  Where’s your podcast?!?!?  What happened?”

In case you’ve been wondering the same, fear not, dear podcast-listeners, we’re just on a summer hiatus, and we’ll be back with a brand new season in only a few weeks.  (If you want to be the first to know when the season begins, sign up here!)

When I told this to the panicked emailer, she wasn’t having it.  “But I need a theater-biz-fix now!”

So, I decided to do some data digging for her and give her the list of the Top 10 Most Listened To podcasts, in case she missed a few along the way.  And, since I decided to share the list with her, I thought I’d share it with you as well . . . in case you wanted something to listen to and learn from while you’re at the beach this weekend, or on the treadmill.

The list is below . . . and honestly, I was shocked to see the composition of it . . . and it taught us a few things about the podcast, and what you all like listening to.  And there’s no doubt there’s stuff we can learn from looking at this list to make sure we’re delivering the stuff you want in our upcoming seasons.

See, too often marketers and business owners only look at what isn’t working and try and fix whatever that thing is.  Do you know what is a better strategy?

Take a look at what is working and do more of that.

So in our upcoming season of Podcasts, and with everything that we do, we will.

In the meantime, on this last few weekends of summer – enjoy these 10 Most Popular Producers Perspective Podcasts!

See any trends?  Let me know what you see in the comments below.

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Broadway Grosses w/e 5/19/2019: On The Road Again

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending May 19, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

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