“Places, Please” Challenge Podcast Part 1

One of the most fun and most productive events we had this year was our “Take Charge of Your ’21” Challenge in January. Over 500 TheaterMakers joined us to hear tips and strategies on how to have your best year yet from super successful people in the business.

So we did it AGAIN in September. And it was even better.

We were joined by some incredible theatermakers who gave their insights to mindfulness, keeping our work on schedule, and tapping into your most creative self.

If you couldn’t make it, I understand. We’re (finally) getting back to our busy theatermakin’ lives!

But this is information I don’t want you to miss. It’s THAT valuable. 

So I’m bringing it all to you on my podcast. That’s right, I told you it wasn’t a goodbye! 

In the first part of our series you’ll hear from yours truly as well as Joe Rosko, founder of Built for the Stage. Joe shows you just how physical training enhances our work at TheaterMakers and how to get started TODAY.

And the best part? This is only part one.

Twice a week for the next 3 weeks, I’ll be bringing you insights from each of our Challenge speakers to help you and your work stay on track through the end of 2021. 

This is such an exciting time to do what we all do. And I want to make sure as many people as possible get to take part in the wisdom our Challenge theatermakers shared. Because we ALL need to be ready for the exciting times ahead.

This is your ‘Places’ call!

Listen here on Apple Podcasts.

Listen here on Spotify. 

Listen here on the Broadway Podcast Network app.

These folks are so boss.

I want to give a shout out to all of the boss’s I’ve had throughout my life who taught me so much.

From my Boss at Domino’s Pizza in the 80s, to my Boss at Cutco in the 90s (Yep, I sold those suckers), to all my Bosses on Broadway when I was Company Managing and General Managing from Nina Lannan to Hal Luftig and so many more.

Here are three great pieces of advice I got from my Boss’s.

1. “People invest in people, not in projects.”

2️. “Take care of the people who work for you. And they will take care of you.”

3️. “Life is NOT work. So make sure you have a life.”

Oh, and one more . . .

And from my greatest Boss, my wife, this one . . .

4. “Just do what I say. You know I’m right.”

So shout out the great bosses in your life by sharing this post with them and saying “thanks!”. And if you are a great boss, keep up the good work!

October 15, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – Variety’s Broadway Comeback

What an honor to be part of such an exciting event to celebrate our industry’s return! Hear from some of Broadway’s leading players below about what we need in order to come back better. The best part? Theatermakers anywhere can learn from the event’s tips.

Read more: www.variety.com 

2 – The Theatre Leadership Project Tax Credit is Approved

Looking for a way for your show to come back better? Then The Theatre Leadership Project has a solution for you. Take a look at this incredible opportunity for emerging BIPOC theatermakers, then make sure to send this info to the theatermakers in your life!

Read more: www.broadwayworld.com 

3 – Six Costume Inspiration

It’s no question that the Queens of Six have style, but do you know which real life pop queens inspired the show’s costume designer Gabriella Slade? Take your guesses in the comments before reading, and let me know if you got any right!

Read more: www.variety.com 

4 – Creative Goods QR Merch Codes

Anything that reduces a line anywhere is a good thing – especially in a Broadway theater! Now your in-show shopping experiences just got that much easier thanks to Creative Goods. What Broadway souvenir are you most excited to take home this season? 

Read more: www.broadwaynews.com  

5 – Jesus Christ Superstar Turns 50

One of the theater’s most iconic stories is turning 50, and what a journey! Take a look at Jesus Christ Superstar’s unique history from concept album to tour to Broadway to NBC to. . .beyond. 

Read more: www.nytimes.com 

 

Fun on a Friday: 

New Broadway musical anyone? Check out the first song from Paradise Square before its New York premiere!

 

Watch the video here:

 

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I turned 14 years old. TODAY.

 

14 years ago, I sat in my much smaller office and said, “I’m going to start a blog.”

So I did.  

And oh, what a ride this blog has been.

It’s where I announced the crowdfunding of Godspell.  It’s where I announced the livestreaming of Daddy Long Legs. It’s where I announced my iPhone commercial.

In those 14 years, it has been mentioned in the NY Times and Vanity Fair.  And it has been flamed on chat boards. 

In other words, this blog is everything and more than I ever could have imagined.

I tried to quit it a couple of times.  And, I keep comin’ back to it.  Because I believe conversations about the theater are what keep the theater kickin’. 

So I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you for reading.  And . . . because I’m a data guy – I also wanted to show you something which I found fascinating.

Of the thousands of blogs I’ve written . . . literally thousands, which ones do you think are the most popular?

I’ll tell you.  

Here are the Top 10 blogs over this blog’s 14 years of existence.  (And it’s no coincidence that 3 of them were written in 2020).  Enjoy ‘em!

 

  1. 3 Reasons Why Social Distancing Won’t Work For The Theater (June 18, 2020)
  2. 10 Audition Tips for Actors (December 10, 2008)
  3. 100 Quotes Every Theater Producer, Playwright, Director, Actor, etc Must Read (April 26, 2019)
  4. Top 100 Theater Books Every TheaterMaker Should Read. (January 24, 2019)
  5. 5 Tips to Getting a Job on Broadway (January 7, 2013)
  6. The Three Types of Broadway Producers: Lead Producer, Co-Producer and Executive Producer EXPLAINED (March 28, 2019)
  7. How to write a One-Person Show in 30 days. (August 5, 2016)
  8. “How Do I Get The Stage Rights To A Book/Movie/Play, etc.?” (January 29, 2008)
  9. Why Broadway May Have An Advantage Before It Opens Back Up (April 28, 2020)
  10. Broadway’s return isn’t about marketing. It’s about habit-ing. (May 7, 2020)

 

Oh, if you want to read that first EVER blog?  It’s here. (If a Producer talks out loud in his office and no one is there to hear it. . )

I’m going to keep bloggin’.  Because I’ve been doing it for almost 1/4 of my life now!  

But we are going to do a bit of a refresh and add some new and exciting features.  You’ll see next week, when we start our 15th year off on a new foot!

And if you’re not a subscriber, click here and sign up to make sure you see the new look of the blog.

Thanks again and I look forward to the next 14!

October 8, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – Broadway Extends Vax Requirement

Even though it may not come as a surprise, our new normal is here to stay. . . at least for right now. The Broadway League has extended its mask and vaccination requirements through the end of 2021. Stay up to date with Broadway’s vaccine requirements below. 

Read more: www.playbill.com 

2 – IATSE Updates

Thankfully, negotiations are back on after a monumental strike authorization vote from IATSE members. Looking forward to a resolution that satisfies both sides and keeps our sister industry working. Stay up to date with the latest union decisions below. 

Read more: www.deadline.com 

3 – Dana H / Is This a Room? Downtown Hits

Almost everything about the current Broadway season is brand new, including the operation inside the Lyceum Theater. Take a look at what it takes to bring two Broadway debuts – Dana H and Is This A Room – to the same theater. . . at the same time. 

Read more: www.nytimes.com  

4 – Diana on Netflix Before Broadway

It’s not news that I’m a major supporter of more streamed theater. I believe the modern day version of a pre-Broadway concept album (basically what Andrew Lloyd Webber did with Jesus Christ Superstar) is a streaming production. Read why the team behind Diana chose to debut on Netflix before Broadway. And then ask yourself, “Would you stream your show before Broadway?”. Let me know why or why not.

Read more: www.hollywoodreporter.com  

5 – TedxBroadway 2022 

I can’t believe it’s been 11 years since the first TedxBroadway. And super kudos to my co-founders Jim McCarthy and Damian Bazadona on their announcement that the next conference will be in March 2022. . . in person and virtually! Get ready to tune in from wherever you are to celebrate and discuss the return of live theater and ask ourselves, “What’s the best Broadway can be?” 

Read more: www.playbill.com 

 

Fun on a Friday: 

The first trailer for the VERY FIRST revival of Funny Girl has just dropped, featuring Beanie Feldstein in the iconic title role. Hello, Gorgeous indeed! 

Watch the video here:

 

 

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