June 18, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

June 18, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week


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


1 – Katori Hall’s “Hot Wing King” Wins Pulitzer Prize in Drama

Last week Katori Hall won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play The Hot Wing King, which premiered at Signature Theater prior to the COVID shutdowns. Read more about Katori’s show and the other two finalists below. 

Read more: https://deadline.com 


2 – In The Heights Is The Biggest Movie Musical Since Moulin Rouge

In case you (somehow) haven’t heard, Jon M. Chu’s movie adaptation of In The Heights hit theaters last weekend and is shaping up to be the biggest step for movie musicals since Moulin Rouge. More details about what is setting Chu’s adaptation apart below.

Read more: https://slate.com 


3 – The Broadway League And Actor’s Equity Reach Touring Agreement

More progress for theatermakers – North American touring is back! The Broadway League and Actors’ Equity reached an agreement on protocols earlier this week to give touring productions the greenlight . . . including mandatory vaccinations. Detailed requirements can be found below.

Read more: https://broadwaynews.com 


4 – National Association of Black Theatre Building Owners 

Black theatermakers have founded a new, nation-wide association currently made up of seven theater organizations. The association aims to be a hub of resources for Black theatermakers across the country, at every level. Find out how you can become involved below. 

Read more: https://www.americantheatre.org/  


5 – Harvey Fierstein NY Public Library Donation 

Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein is giving back to the theatermakers of tomorrow in a big way through the New York Public Library Theater Lab. The lab will serve as a dedicated educational space where students and the general public will be able to attend programs drawing on its vast holdings of photographs, scripts, recordings, set models, costumes and other materials.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com 


Fun on a Friday: 

James Corden, Ariana Grande, and Marissa Jaret Winkour celebrate the hopeful summer ahead with a Hairspray twist.

Watch the video here:


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June 11, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

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


1 – Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ Will Return to Broadway Next Season

A ‘contemporary celebration’ of Bob Fosse’s legacy is heading back to Broadway in the 2022-23 season. The show, which features a unique mix of songs (including Neil Diamond), will begin performances following a to-be-announced out of town engagement.

Read more: www.playbill.com 


2 – Musicians United for Social Equity Announces Two Mentorship Opportunities

Musicians United for Social Equity has announced two new mentorship programs for early to mid–career theatre musicians of color, aimed at achieving racial equity off stage on Broadway and beyond. Mentors include multiple Tony and Grammy winners that will give emerging professionals personalized programming opportunities. Applications for both programs are open now through the end of June. 

Read more: www.playbill.com 


3 – The Broadway League Announces Inaugural Juneteenth Event

The Broadway League is hosting the first ever Juneteenth celebration event, featuring several Broadway fan favorites. The free outdoor event aims to support and celebrate Black artists in the Broadway community and beyond. 

Read more: www.playbill.com 


4 – NYC is Planning a Central Park “Mega-Concert” with Producer Clive Davis

New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio is teaming up with legendary music producer Clive Davis to open NYC back up in style. The ‘mega-concert’ will take place on Central Park’s iconic Great Lawn this August with details to follow. 

Read more: www.Variety.com


5 – New York’s Beloved Drama Book Shop Reopens at New Location 

The beloved NYC Drama Book Shop is finally reopening its doors at its new location. Shoppers new and returning can make reservations to visit now. 

Read more: www.nytimes.com 


Fun on a Friday: 

Jimmy Fallon and Lin-Manuel Miranda sing of excitement for Broadway’s reopening in this star-studded clip.


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Podcast Episode #236: 10 Audition Tips for Actors





The episode is for the actors out there. 

Sitting on the other side of the table is something that every actor should do. It’s incredibly educational and inspirational because frankly, you realize that while there are lots and lots of people who call themselves actors, there’s a much smaller group.

Since so few actors get a chance to sit where producers and directors sit, I am sharing 10 tips on how to have a better audition experience.



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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!



June 4, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week


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


1 – Jordan Fisher Will Return to Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway When It Reopens

The Broadway production will resume its run at the Music Box Theatre on December 11. Jordan Fisher confirmed on Good Morning America that he would once again lead the company as Evan Hansen, alongside the company that was appearing in the show when theaters shut down.

Read  more: www.theatermania.com


 2 – Broadway & Beyond: Access for Stage Managers of Color has updated its website to include a contact database for stage managers of color 

Broadway & Beyond: Access for Stage Managers of Color provides opportunities to stage managers of color to learn from people in the industry and provide insights to help stage managers of color start, maintain, and advance a career in the arts through free networking and educational events.

Read more: www.broadwaybeyondaccess.com


3- Broadway’s Hottest Marketing Tool: Streaming Shows

The Pandemic has helped normalize streaming theater and it seems here to stay, and there’s a business model there.

Read more: www.variety.com


4 – Black Theatre Coalition Announces Paid Fellowship Program for Aspiring Theatre Makers

The application submissions will be accepted for six weeks beginning June 1, 2021 through July 16, 2021 with 12-month Fellowships.

Read more: www.broadwaynews.com


5 – New York City to Tie Tourism Campaign to In the Heights

NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism organization, is launching a campaign tied to the film to promote Washington Heights.

Read more: www.wsj.com


Fun on a Friday: 

Jordan Fisher performs ‘You Will Be Found’ from Dear Evan Hansen.



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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s 50 Broadway Mentors . . . in Paperback!

You asked for it, so you got it.

Cast of Mentors: Short Sage Advice from 50 Broadway Superpowers was a quick best-seller when we launched it last holiday season.  And while my name is on the cover, the best-seller status of this compilation didn’t have anything to do with me.

It’s all because of the advice from the Broadway A-listers like Director Kenny Leon, composer Bobby Lopez, Actress/Author Ali Stroker and so many more.

And while the hardcover, coffee table book was a bit hit (and apparently was a hot gift), we got a ton of requests for a paperback and an e-book version.

So, we made ’em.  And you can pre-order the ebook now for only $9.99.

Don’t know what Cast of Mentors is?  It’s bite-sized advice from an incredible group of mentors (see the full list below) on how to succeed in this biz . . . and in life!

But why should I tell you what it is, when you can see for yourself!  Click here to read Tony Award-winning Director and Choreographer’s Susan Stroman’s entry!

And then pre-order the ebook for yourself . . . or for a gift (I hear graduations are coming up real soon!).

Cast of Mentors: Short Sage Advice From 50 Broadway Superpowers Ebook is available for pre-order NOW and Paperbacks will be available on June 16th,

And, of course, the Hardcover is still available for those who have an empty space on your coffee table.

And a huge thanks, again, to the following 50 mentors for being a part of Volume I. (Yep – there will be a second one!)  


The Cast of Cast Of Mentors:

Rick Miramontez
Charlotte St. Martin
Nina Lannan
Terrence McNally
Jordan Roth
Tim Rice
Ben Brantley
Michael Arden
Casey Nicholaw
David Henry Hwang
Ted Chapin
Susan Stroman
Daryl Roth
Joe Mantello
Stephen Schwartz
Lynn Ahrens
Diane Paulus
Jeanine Tesori
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul
Robert Lopez
Leigh Silverman
Stephen Byrd
Bartlett Sher
Sue Frost & Randy Adams
Tara Rubin
Rick Elice
Lynne Meadow
David Stone
Kenny Leon
Stacey Mindich
Kathleen Marshall
Eva Price
Kwame Kwei-Armah
Pam MacKinnon
Sergio Trujillo
Lisa Kron
Rebecca Taichman
John Weidman
Joe Iconis
Michael Greif
Kirsten Childs
Dominique Morisseau
Ali Stroker
Mara Isaacs
Alan Cumming
Asmeret Ghebremichael
Jamil Jude
Mandy Gonzalez
Robyn Goodman
Paul Tazewell
Get the advice on how you can achieve your theatrical aspirations from all these mentors here.