Podcast Episode #241: “The Hardest Part of Creating a New Show”

ESTIMATED LISTENING TIME OF THIS EPISODE:  7 Minutes

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ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

I’m sharing what I believe to be the hardest part of creating a new musical or play . . . and how I’ve overcome that. And how you can apply this to YOUR process. 

 

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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!

 

RECENT EPISODES:

July 9, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

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

1 – Actors’ Equity Lifts Mask Restrictions

The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer! Actors’ Equity announced this week that it will be lifting mask requirements for fully vaccinated companies around the country. New safety standards for Broadway and regional theaters include COVID Safety Officers and ventilation tests. Full details on the current protocols can be found below.

Read more: www.broadwaynews.com 

2 – Remembering Nick Cordero

A year after the loss of actor Nick Cordero, Amanda Kloots released a heartfelt tribute to her late husband. Read her full statement below.

Read more: www.deadline.com

3 – Waitress Returning to Broadway

We’re OPENIN’ UP! Waitress will return to Broadway this September with its composer Sara Bareilles reprising her role as Jenna. The limited engagement will run at the Barrymore Theater until January. Who else are you hoping to see back at the diner?!

Read more: www.playbill.com

4 – Hot Vax Summer at the Delacorte

You know New York is back when the Delacorte is open again! The Public’s ‘Merry Wives’ is officially open for this summer’s Free Shakespeare in the Park with the incredible help from playwright Jocelyn Bioh and the director Saheem Ali. And I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to get myself back to the Delacorte.

Read more: www.nytimes.org/

5 – Hamilton Actor Publishes Memoir

Straight from the room(s) where it happens! West End’s Giles Terera has just released his new book, ‘Hamilton and Me: an Actor’s Journal’, documenting his journey from auditions to curtains up as London’s Aaron Burr. Read about Terera’s process below and then grab your copy here.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

 

Fun on a Friday:

Watch the first trailer for the new movie Encanto, featuring brand new music from Lin-Manuel Miranda.

 

Watch the video here:

 

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ALERT: There’s a serious shortage of THIS in the theater industry (and why that’s a good thing).

Lumber isn’t the only thing in short supply these days.

As the world has come out of its pandemic hibernation, there has been a shortage of a variety of products. From 2x4s to computer chips for cars, there’s some serious scarcity going on.

And there’s something scarce on Broadway too that has Producers scrambling right now . . .

Rehearsal space.

It’s the lumber of the theater right now.

Our pipeline had a big ol’ hairy covid clog for the past 15 months. And now that the clog has been plunged, there’s a steady stream of shows looking to open on Broadway, Off Broadway, do readings, workshops and more.

Which is why rehearsal space is super hard to find.

I mean, big shows (including one of my own) are going to Queens to rehearse!

Why do I tell you this?

#1 . . .  If you’re a TheaterMaker and want to do a reading, workshop or ANYTHING in the next 12 months, book your rehearsal space now. Here are a few of my favorite spots.

#2 . . . and this is the exciting one. You know what all this rehearsing means? It means lots of theater. You know what lots of theater means? It means . . . well . . . awesome-sauce.

Ok, nonsense phrases aside . . . it means that the roaring 20s, the theatrical renaissance that Chris Jackson predicted at our TheaterMakersSummit last year . . . is about to begin.

Start your engines. (AND BOOK YOUR SPACE!)

Podcast Episode #240: “How NOT to Fundraise for Your Project”

ESTIMATED LISTENING TIME OF THIS EPISODE:  12 Minutes

 

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ABOUT THIS EPISODE:

After watching one of the most recent NYC Mayoral debates this year, I realized one profession who has to raise more money than a Broadway Producer is a Politician.

And after reading through many MANY emails from Politicians asking for donations, I studied their techniques and marketing strategies . . . they’re doing something wrong.

 

AFTER YOU LISTEN:

  • FOLLOW The Producer’s Perspective on Apple Podcast (it’s FREE!)
  • REVIEW the Podcast on Apple Podcast (it’s the biggest compliment you can give)
  • SHARE this episode with your friends!
  • JOIN the TheaterMakers Facebook Group

 

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!

 

RECENT EPISODES:

July 2, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

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

 

1 – Broadway is Officially Back! 

If you haven’t heard, Broadway is officially . . . finally . . . BACK! Springsteen on Broadway reopened at the St. James theater last weekend, welcoming fans back into live theater. Find more details and insider pictures from opening night below.

Read more: www.playbill.com 

 

2 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Will Return to Broadway as One Show

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was originally staged as a two part production, will return to Broadway this November as one singular performance. The restaged production will reopen at the Lyric Theater this November. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to have to take another trip to Hogwarts to see what the creative team has come up with for the show’s return! 

Read more: www.nytimes.com 

3 – Black Theatre United Plans to Present its Reforms to Broadway

Following the Commercial Theatre Summit this spring, Black Theatre United plans to offer its New Deal to Broadway. The deal, which will present both short and long term reforms to the industry, will further the program’s goals of ensuring an equitable future for Black individuals in theatre. Read more about the Summit and BTU below. 

Read more: www.playbill.com  

 

4 – A Welcome Return to Midtown

I know, I know, Times Square gets a bad rep. But, maybe surprisingly, it’s been one of the places many New Yorkers are so anxious to get back to. Read one NYC-er’s growing admiration for Midtown as the city begins to open back up.

Read more: www.nytimes.org/  

 

5 – Wicked Will Film in Atlanta, Thanks to Some Encouragement

It looks like the Wicked movie adaptation, directed by In The Heights’s Jon M. Chu, will be spending more than ‘one short day’ in Atlanta when production begins later this year. After considering pulling production out of Georgia due to new voting restrictions, composer Stephen Schwartz received a compelling call from Stacey Abrams asking the project to continue in the state. Read more below about how Wicked plans to continue production and support Georgians at the same time.

Read more: www.forbes.com  

 

Fun on a Friday: 

Watch the first peak at the new Cinderella movie, starring Camilla Cabello, Idina Mendzel, and Billy Porter as Cinderella’s Fab G! 

 

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