You know you’re a Broadway Producer when . . .

I stumbled across a “You know you’re a 90s kid when . . . “ list the other day and thought two things:

A)  Wow.  They’re doing lists about 90s kids already.  When does my social security kick in?

and . . .

B)  Why isn’t there one of these lists about being a Broadway Producer?

So I made one.  Enjoy my . . .



1.  The first thing you think when you meet someone new is, “I wonder if they are an accredited investor.”

2.  When you see a show, you count the number of actors on the stage (especially in the curtain call) and try to calculate the payroll.

3.  Someone says, “Hey!  I just saw this movie and it’s so great!  You should see it!”  You respond, “Would it make a good musical?”

4.  You read the Broadway Grosses every week and try to calculate how much the Producers are making on Wicked.

5.  When you watch American Idol you play a game with your friends, trying to pick who will be on Broadway first.

6.  You’ve said the words, “If I could just get Hugh Jackman to star . . . ”

7.  If you won the lottery, you’d build your own Broadway theater.

8.  You keep wondering why The Princess Bride hasn’t been produced yet, and you hold out hope that you can get the rights.

9.  Two words.  Tony speech.

And lastly . . .

10.  No matter how frustrating The Business may be, you wake up every day feeling so grateful that your favorite pastime is also your profession.


Lets keep adding to this list!  Tell me a way YOU know you’re a Broadway Producer in the comments below!


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  • Brad says:

    #4. Also BOM, Lion King, and Hamilton.

  • Albert Podll says:

    You know you’re a producer when:

    Instead of relishing each new hit, you worry if it is going to compete with your show.

    You read Page 6, Star, and People mostly for casting leads.

    You are willing to tolerate socializing with other producers.

    You are actually considering re-reading Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

    You search hard to find evidence that Broadway is a better bet than Wall Street.

    Your dreams all take place on a proscenium stage.

  • Miguel Gonzalez says:

    #6. Interchange Wolverine with Meryl Streep

  • Rich Mc says:

    You know you’re a Broadway Producer when:

    You can rationalize charging a $125 ticket and still think you’re providing the middle, theater-going class with acceptable value.

  • Rubin Wald says:

    Hi Ken,

    Thanks for livestreaming Daddy Long Legs! I forget how exciting live theater is!

  • You know you’re a Broadway Producer when:
    You mount REAR WINDOW w/Kevin Bacon & its glorious set at Hartford Stage and you can say “WE did that!.”

  • Tom Hartman says:

    You know you’re a Broadway Producer when creative artists you think are more talented than you are shake in your presence.

  • Ed Ballou says:

    Ken – I watched the lifestream of ‘Daddy Long Legs’ last Thursday night from out here on the West Coast – technically, it was a very good transmission – only one small freeze at the end where it took me a couple of minutes to put the “Play” button on the screen and resume watching the play, albeit 2 minutes behind real time – nothing was skipped, though.. from a writer’s perspective, I thought the lead character presented himself as having actually showed up at the orphan’s graduation, although in disguise – I guess she didn’t believe him because the play went into the second act and then was resolved – otherwise the play would have been over at the end of the first act – maybe I missed something.. I had plans for live-streaming a reading of my play ‘The Glimmer” (submitted to you 3 months ago) from Oakland this summer, wherein I would interview audience and cast before the play, at intermission, and after – your intermission had several minutes of dead time before the intermission activity, as well as after – that’s when you can lose audience.. I didn’t live stream – due to cast and director problems, I canceled the reading twice – but I’m glad you did – ‘Daddy Long Legs’ was good, and I hope to see more lifestream shows from Off-Broadway and even on Broadway, even if I have to pay for them.. Ed

  • Elizabeth says:

    The Princess Bride – YES!

  • Joann Sickinger says:

    You know you are a producer when you you keep adding friends to FaceBook and mail contacts, so you can promote your shows to them.

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