[SPECIAL] Tonight on the Livestream: From a Quarantine in Korea, Director to Watch, Sammi Cannold!

Everyone in the Broadway biz knows that Sammi Cannold is a director to watch.

That’s why she made the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for up-and-comers in Hollywood and Entertainment.

And Tonight at 8 PM EDT, she will LITERALLY be one to watch when she appears on my livestream!

And get this, it’ll be 9 AM where she is . . . because she’s in Korea . . . under quarantine! Yep, she’s working on a film project there about the South Korean response to getting theater back up and running, so she’ll have lots to talk about on what they are doing right . . . and how Broadway can learn from the Korean response.

I’m also eager to get her take on how she’s going to create in the post-pandemic world, since she is one of the most creative directors talked about today.  She helmed the Evita at City Center and right before COVID shut down the world, her production of Endlings at New York Theater Workshop had a 4,100 gallon pool on stage. (I just want to say, “I noticed her” – check out this blog I wrote back in 2013 talking about her production of Violet – before I knew who she was, but knew she’d do amazing things).

And, she’ll be directing my new musical, Joy, for me . . . because, well, I couldn’t think of a better person to direct a show about a young, passionate, female entrepreneur like Joy Mangano than a young, passionate, female artrepreneur like Sammi Cannold.

She’s also going to appear on a “creating for the new world” panel at my conference in November, but we’re going to get a preview tonight!

So tune in at 8 PM Eastern, 9 AM Korean time to hear all about Sammi’s take on theater safety, how the pandemic is sparking her creativity, and whether or not she truly likes Kimchee.

Click here to get a reminder or to go there RIGHT NOW!

And look who is joining us over the next few weeks:

 

Tuesday, July 21st – Steven Pasquale (Actor – American Son, Bridges of Madison County)

Tuesday, July 28th – Danny Burstein (Actor – Moulin Rouge, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof)

Tuesday, August 4th – Norm Lewis (Actor – Phantom of The Opera, Porgy and Bess, Les Miserables)

Tuesday, August 11th – John Cariani (Actor/Playwright – Something Rotten; Caroline or Change; Almost, Maine)

 

You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT) on my Facebook, on my Twitter, on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube Channel, and on Broadway on Demand.

To learn more about our guests and the organizations for which we are raising money, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Two words that should no longer exist in our business or any business.

There has never been a more challenging time to work in the theater than right now.
 
While all industries have gotten a punch in the face thanks to this pandemic, the theater got rope-a-doped. (That’s why the theater’s workers need more help than most. But more on that in a note to Governor Cuomo and others later this week.)
 
But we will get through this. And, in fact, there are some TheaterMakers who will come out even better than they went in. (Need an example? Look at how Laura Benanti’s generous gesture to high school students turned into a TV deal. Or how about John Krasinki’s sale of his “Some Good News” show – which I still feel a little weird about.)
 
 
Others, won’t be so lucky. And for many of them, it won’t be their fault.
 
And then there are the people like the ones I spoke to the other day. And, to be honest, if their Broadway-related business fails? It will be their fault.
 
Here’s the story . . .
 
I called this company with an idea. Nothing too radical. But something different that I knew would work for them if they gave it a shot. And I knew they were struggling just like me. So what better time to try something new?
 
Then they said those two words that no one should say anymore:
 
“We can’t.”
 
Uh. What? You can’t?
 
They said that they never did anything like that before.
 
“Yeah, that’s the point, because you and me . . . we’ve never been in a situation like this before, ” I said, not being able to hide my sass.
 
“Sorry. We can’t.”
 
End of convo.
 
And that attitude could be the end of their business.
 
Look, my business has its back up against a wall like so many out there. I’ve laid off valuable employees. I’m in difficult negotiations with my landlord. All of it. And until people can gather in rehearsal studios and theaters, I’ve got to come up with other solutions.
 
That’s why you won’t hear me say, “I can’t.” And you shouldn’t either.
 
If we want to come out of this better than we went in, we must “I can” everything. This is the time to do things we haven’t done before, because, well, what do we have to lose? If it doesn’t work, what will be the worst that could happen . . . they shut down the theaters?
 
Six months ago, your business might have been able to get away with ignoring new ways of doing things. But if you do so now, you might as well start looking for a new business.
 
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Did you forget to sign up for the 3-Part video series about the three things that NEED TO CHANGE in order to make great theater in the new world?  The first video dropped on Tuesday and comments are pouring in:
“As a total fan of Broadway and all things theatre (and a community theatre actor myself), I found the conversation fascinating and enlightening. ” – Tim
And
“Great conversation and I look forward to the next one.+ – Lynne
Don’t miss the next one. Sign up here. Join the conversation. Through conversation comes change.

Tonight on the Livestream: Broadway Casting Director, Tara Rubin

Last week on the livestream, Tony Award-winning Mr. John Rando joined us for the livestream and told us . . .

1 – What it was like turning Back to the Future into a musical

and

2 – How he and his entire family were some of the early USers to get coronavirus and how they struggled through it!

It’s a fun convo, so catch the replay here.

This week, we’re bringing on one of the best Casting Directors in the biz . . . Ms. Tara Rubin, responsible for putting together the talent for shows like this season’s Six, Sing Street, not to mention Jagged Little Pill, Phantom, Cats, School of Rock, and so many more.

If you’re an actor (or know one), make sure you tell them to tune in, because Tara is going to give us her tips on “How To Get Cast During COVID-19!” including the secrets of auditioning via Zoom.

Tara is on tonight, Tuesday, July 13th at 8 PM!

Set your reminder for tonight’s episode here.

And look who’s joining me over the next few weeks including a SPECIAL THURSDAY LIVESTREAM FROM KOREA!

 

 

Thursday, July 16th – Sammi Cannold LIVE – Quarantined in Korea!!! (Director – New York City Center’s Evita, Ragtime on Ellis Island)

Tuesday, July 21st – Steven Pasquale (Actor – American Son, Bridges of Madison County)

Tuesday, July 28th – Danny Burstein (Actor – Moulin Rouge, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof)

Tuesday, August 4th – Norm Lewis (Actor – Phantom of The Opera, Porgy and Bess, Les Miserables)

Tuesday, August 11th – John Cariani (Actor/Playwright – Something Rotten; Caroline or Change; Almost, Maine)

 

You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT) on my Facebook, on my Twitter, on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube Channel, and on Broadway on Demand.

To learn more about our guests and the organizations for which we are raising money, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

[New Podcasts] The Producer’s Perspective: Live from The Pandemic

Recording my podcast has become a wee bit challenging over the last several months. That’s one of the reasons why I pivoted and started my livestream.

And after only three months of going live, we’ve got 60 episodes with some big ol’ Broadway stars. (Tomorrow’s is A-list Director John Rando, for example.)

But a few of my podcast listeners have emailed me recently asking about audio content instead of video, since they listen on their commutes (which are starting to come back, thank the lord) or on the treadmill.

So, I’m taking the top 10 episodes from my livestreams and converting them to podcast format for a special series called The Producer’s Perspective Podcast LIVE From The Pandemic.

 

Starting today, I’ll release an episode a week, starting with week #1 of the livestream. So if podcasts are your way to consume content, make sure you’re subscribed here.

Or if you want to see my face and my new #coronacut, you can catch the replays of my Livestream on my Facebook page or Youtube page.

 


We did a survey of the three things that are at the top of every TheaterMaker’s mind as we consider theater’s return post-pandemic. Their answers? Safety, Equality, and Streaming.

Because these three issues are SO vital to the theater’s survival, I had The TheaterMakers Studio curate a 3-part video series featuring experts on these subjects. The videos release next week. Click here to get them (they will not be made available to the public).

Tonight on the Livestream: Tony Award-winning Costume Designer Paul Tazewell

If you missed the livestream last week, then you missed me sitting down with the #Fearless Mandy Gonzalez. Make sure you go back and catch the replay of that episode to receive a heavy dose of inspiration and motivation from the star of Hamilton, In The Heights and more (and find out what song she’d sing if she could only sing one song every single day!).

And tonight, in honor of Hamilton premiering on Disney+ later this week, I am sitting down with Costume Designer Paul Tazewell (our 60th guest!). Paul is the Tony Award-winning designer of your favorite shows — Hamilton, In The Heights, Ain’t Too Proud, Memphis, and more! 

Costume Design is one of the things about theater-making that I know the LEAST about, so I’m excited to learn how Paul helps tell stories with his art.

Sit down with me and Paul (virtually!) tonight at 8pm EDT. To watch the episode, hit the get reminder button here.

 

And look who’s joining me over the next few weeks . . .

Tuesday, July 7th – Bartlett Sher (Director – My Fair Lady, To Kill A Mockingbird, The King & I) with special guest Michael Merritt

Thursday, July 9th – Altar Boyz Reunion

Tuesday, July 14th – Tara Rubin (Casting Director – SIX, Sing Street, Ain’t Too Proud, Dear Evan Hansen)

Tuesday, July 21st – Steven Pasquale (Actor – American Son, Bridges of Madison County)

Tuesday, July 28th – Danny Burstein (Actor – Moulin Rouge, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof)

Tuesday, August 4th – Norm Lewis (Actor – Phantom of The Opera, Porgy and Bess, Les Miserables)

Tuesday, August 11th – John Cariani (Actor/Playwright – Something Rotten; Caroline, or Change; Almost, Maine)

Tuesday, August 18th – Brian Stokes Mitchell (The Actors Fund Chairman, Actor – Shuffle Along, Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown, Ragtime)

 

You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT) on my Facebook, on my Twitter, on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube Channel, and on Broadway on Demand.

To learn more about our guests and the organizations for which we are raising money, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

I'm on a mission to help 5000 shows get produced by 2025.

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