Podcast Episode 171 – Broadway AND Hollywood Super Producer, Paula Wagner

It’s hard enough to make it as a Producer on one coast, but both?

That kind of success is reserved for a very select group of moguls, and this week I got to sit down with one of them.

Paula Wagner has worn a lot of hats in the business on her way up the ladder, from Broadway actress to Powerhouse Agent to running a movie studio to producing movies like Mission Impossible . . . and yep, producing big Broadway shows like this season’s hit, Pretty Woman.

Could there be a better person to talk to about movies to musicals and vice-versa?

Paula and I talked about that, of course, as well as . . .

  • The skills she learned as an agent that help her be a better Producer.
  • What Hollywood does well that we could learn from and what Hollywood can learn from us!
  • Eye-poppin’ idea that could save the movie industry (and it’s so simple).
  • Why Pretty Woman was made to be a musical and why it’s doing what she thought it would (gross over $1mm a week!).
  • Coming up in the entertainment industry as a female Producer and how that has changed.  Or not.

Enjoy the Podcast and don’t forget to subscribe!

Click here for my podcast with Paula!

Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review while you’re there!)

Download it here.

Podcast Episode 170 – Literary Agent, Max Grossman

Agents get a bad rap.  They’re like lawyers and IRS agents.

But they’re nothing like those folks.

I can’t imagine that an IRS agent gets into this business because he or she loves taxes.

But agents, especially those in the theater, are all here for the same reason you and I are here . . . they love the theater.

Max Grossman, an agent for writers and designers at the powerful but still boutique Abrams Artists Agency, is a perfect example.  He grew up going to the theater, flirted with sports, and came back to the good side of the force.

We haven’t had many agents on this podcast (just this one so far – who happens to represent me!), partly because some of the agents I asked couldn’t get permission from their higher-ups (which says a lot, don’t you think?).

But when I asked Max, he was happy to sit down and talk about what an agent does as well as . . .

  • How he finds new writers.
  • That awkward but important moment when he has to tell a client he doesn’t love something the client wrote.
  • The art of negotiating as an agent.
  • Why some theater writers succeed in transitioning to film & TV and others don’t… and a tip or two for you if this is something YOU want to do.
  • What he’d tell all Broadway Producers if he had them in a room at once.

Enjoy this convo with Max and let it remind you that even when we’re on “different sides” in this business, we’re still on the same team.

Click here for my podcast with Max!

Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review while you’re there!)

Download it here.

Seeking Music Director for world premiere of “Fancy Nancy the Musical”

Seeking an experienced music director for Vital Theatre Company’s upcoming production, “Fancy Nancy the Musical”, a new musical for children featuring adult actors.

More information about the show at: http://vitaltheatre.org/fancynancy-2012.php

Ideal candidate will specialize in vocal direction and technique in the contemporary musical theatre style. Must be able to teach vocal parts from the piano. Piano accompaniment ability is a plus though not required, because pre-recorded accompaniment will be used for rehearsals and performances.

Responsibilities include teaching, rehearsing, and directing all music to a cast of 6 for a rehearsal period that runs from August 27th – Sept 28th Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm with two additional brush-up rehearsals between the first preview performance (Saturday, Sept 29th) and opening (Saturday, October 6th).

Please submit a resume to daabosch@gmail.com

Fee: $500

Vital Theatre Company
2162 Broadway, 4th floor at 76th Street
New York, NY 10024

Stage Manager for Musical Theatre for Children

Vital Theatre Company is looking for an experienced non-equity stage manager for their upcoming production of Fancy Nancy: The Musical

Production Dates:
8/20- Fancy Nancy First Production Meeting
8/27- Fancy Nancy First Rehearsal (Renderings to show cast and design team)
9/17-9/21- Fancy Nancy Set Build
9/24-9/28- Fancy Nancy Tech
9/29- Fancy Nancy Press Opening
10/6- Fancy Nancy Public Opening (Party)

Rehearsal Dates:
Rehearsals will run M-F 10am-3pm starting 8/27
Tech week will start 9/24 M-W 10am-3pm Th-F 10am-6pm

Performance Dates:
Saturday 29-Sep 11am & 1pm
Sunday 30-Sep 11am & 1pm
Saturday 6-Oct 11am & 1pm Opening
Sunday 7-Oct 11am & 1pm
Monday 8-Oct 11am & 1pm Columbus Day
Saturday 13-Oct 11am & 1pm
Sunday 14-Oct 11am & 1pm
Wednesday 17-Oct 11am & 1pm Non-pre K day
Saturday 20-Oct 11am & 1pm
Sunday 21-Oct 11am & 1pm
Saturday 27-Oct 11am & 1pm
Sunday 28-Oct 11am & 1pm
Saturday 3-Nov 11am & 1pm
Sunday 4-Nov 11am & 1pm
Tuesday 6-Nov 11am & 1pm Election Day
Saturday 10-Nov 11am & 1pm
Sunday 11-Nov 11am & 1pm
Monday 12-Nov 11am & 1pm Veteran’s Day

Possibility to extend show past this date.

Please contact Matt Wharton, Production Manager at Matt@vitaltheatre.org to schedule an interview. We will be interviewing early next week and making a decision by the end of the week.

Job Start Date:
8/27/2012
Job End Date:
11/12/2012
Union Information:
Non-Equity
Salary:
1000
Company:
Vital Theatre Company

Address:

New York, NY 10024
US
Contact:

anon-046366-1345224352@anon.playbill.com

Director, Music Director, Choreographer for Crazy for You

Narrows Community Theater, Inc.

Category: Directorial

Description:

Narrows Community Theater is seeking a director, music director, and choreographer for the musical “Crazy for You”.
Auditions: Wed., Sept 5 & Fri, Sept 7, 7pm-10pm; Callbacks Sat, Sept 8, 12-4pm..
Rehearsals start Wed., Sept 12, 2012 and continue every Wed, Thurs, Fri, 7 to 10pm & Sat, 12 to 4pm
Show Dates: Nov 9, 10, 11, and 16, 17, 18, 2012 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Venue: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Email resume to nct@nctheaterny.com. By Appt Only.

Job Start Date:
9/5/2012
Job End Date:
11/18/2012
Salary:
tbd
Company:
Narrows Community Theater, Inc.

Address:

Brooklyn, NY 11209
US
Contact:

anon-046382-1345473171@anon.playbill.com

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