Podcast Episode 22 – Kevin McCollum



Avenue Q.

In The Heights.

Any Producer would dream about producing ONE of those shows.

My guest on this week’s podcast produced all three.

I mean, come on, right?

But wait, there’s more . . . how about The Drowsy Chaperone.  The West Side Story revival.  Motown The Musical.  And more.

Listen in to this week’s podcast to hear Producer Kevin McCollum (who has two terrific shows in the hunt for a Tony this season with Hand to God and Something Rotten!) talk about everything from . . .

  • Why his formula for success is no formula at all.
  • What Cameron Mackintosh said to him when Kevin auditioned for Les Miserables.
  • Why raising money is still a lot of work, no matter how many shows you recoup.
  • His simple advice for anyone looking to start producing today.
  • His message for every politician in every small town in America.

And as you can probably guess for someone with this many shows under his belt, there’s a whole lot more packed into this podcast.  Honestly, I was learning so much as Kevin spoke, I forgot I was recording the dang thing.

But don’t worry, I got every word, every golden nugget of advice . . . and it’s all for you.


Click above to listen.

Listen to it on iTunes here.  (And give me a rating, while you’re there!)

Download it here.

Click here to read the transcript.

  • Anna says:


    Thank you for such a great podcast with the very interesting and inspirational Kevin McCollum.

    All the best for Tony Night!


  • J.C. Schütz says:

    Thank you so much, Ken, for doing these podcasts, and for another inspiring talk!
    I loved listening to Kevin and hear how the shows were developed. Extra fun to learn about Rent, as I was the musical director of a recent Swedish production.

    All the best,

  • Inspirational, informative and uplifting. Thanks Ken.

    As a producer of the UK tour of Avenue Q then this was a pleasure to listen to. Saw both Something Rotten and Hand to God yesterday and was like a kid in a candy store indulging in such original work. Amazing stuff. Good luck this weekend.


  • GaylaSong says:

    Kevin’s last comment – “The secret to the world: Put on a show in junior high, in high school, to be part of our education system, and the rest will take care of itself” – looks like it’s happening in Des Moines! Perfect. One step at a time 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=71&v=cGMlPDlY094

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