Tonight on the Livestream: Olivier Award-Winning Playwright and Bookwriter, Katori Hall

You have to be a heck of a talent to go to Columbia, or Harvard, or Juilliard.

But to go to all three?

That’s what Katori Hall did.  And her first play after graduation from Juilliard, The Mountaintop,  won her the Olivier Award before it came to Broadway.  (Where it recouped – that’s right – she’s an artistic and commercial success).

She has since won The Blackburn Prize, was in residency at The Signature, and, pre-pandemic, was thrilling audiences with her book to Tina.

Oh, and she has taken to TV as well, as the showrunner of her new series, P-Valley on Starz, based on her play.

And tonight, despite her busy schedule, she’s going to talk with me (and you!) about her writing, her quaran-time, and more.

You can join me and Katori TONIGHT, Tuesday, October 13th at 8 PM ET LIVE on my Facebook, on my Twitter, or on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube Channel!

Set a reminder here!
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You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT).

Next week:  John Logan (Moulin Rouge!  The Musical)

To learn more about our guests and to support The Actors Fund, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Tonight on the Livestream: Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Anaïs Mitchell (Hadestown)

Not every singer-songwriter can write a musical.  As I was quoted when Spider-Man was flying around these parts, “It’s one thing to write a 3-minute song.  It’s another to write a 3-hour musical.”

You know what singer-songwriter CAN write a musical?

Anaïs Mitchell.

Actually, I take that back. She can’t write a musical.  She can write a great effin’ musical.

A musical so great, it helped get her named to Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in the WORLD for 2020!

The musical I rave about is, of course, Hadestown, and tonight, she’s joining me on my livestream to talk about its 12-year journey to Broadway from its humble community theater beginnings.  (I mean, she’s the “Rocky” of Broadway, for goodness sake!”)

And we’ll find out how she’s keeping creative during this pandemic, and whether or not she’s got another musical up her guitar.

Join me tonight!   And before you do, head over to your favorite virtual bookstore and pick up her new book, Working on a Song, The Lyrics of Hadestown . . . already a best seller on Amazon.com!

You can join me and Anaïs TONIGHT, Tuesday, October 6th at 8 PM ET LIVE on my Facebook, on my Twitter, or on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube Channel!

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You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT).

To learn more about our guests and to support The Actors Fund, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

And our Keynote Speaker for The TheaterMakers Summit is . . .

To think – there was actually a time when I was bummed that our 4th Annual TheaterMakers Summit was going to be virtual.

I forgot the golden rule of business/art/life . . . there is always an upside to every situation.

And the upsides to our virtual conference are all over the place!

The most important one?  You can attend from all over the place!  There’s no longer that added expense and inconvenience of travel.

And that’s not just for the attendees.  That goes for the speakers as well.

There’s no way we would have been able to assemble this year’s panelists and speakers if they all had to get to NYC.  That’s why we’ve got everyone from Alan Menken to Jessie Mueller to the heads of the Educational Theatre Association and the American Association of Community Theatre to Charlotte St. Martin, the head of the Broadway League.

And that’s also why we got this year’s keynote speaker . . .

DRUM ROLL PLEASE . . .

Here he comes
Here comes the general
Ladies and gentlemen
Here comes the general
The moment you’ve been waiting for
Here comes the general
The pride of Mount Vernon
Here comes the general . . .

. . .

The Keynote Speaker for the 4th Annual TheaterMakers Summit is . . . Christopher Jackson!

What I love about Chris as our keynote: I’ve watched his career take off from the very beginning.  His first big role out of AMDA was in the Off-Broadway production of Time and The Wind in 1995, the year after I graduated college myself and was making the rounds as a PA and SM.  He went on to appear in The Lion King, Memphis, After Midnight and others, but it was his performance in In The Heights Off-Broadway (which I was lucky enough to see) that started his rocket-like trajectory to the top, culminating in his troop-raising performance as George Washington in Hamilton.

But here’s what you might not have known.  And why I wanted him to speak.

He also writes music.  He’s been nominated for three Emmys and won one.  He’s scripted pilots and more, and appeared in movies, TV (his recurring character on Bull is so fun to watch), and more.

Every time I’ve been around him I’ve been inspired to make more theater.

And I know he’ll inspire you with his story of how he came up through the ranks, how he succeeds wearing multiple hats, and how you can to.

Join Christopher Jackson and all our other amazing panelists and speakers at this year’s all virtual TheaterMakers Summit on 11/14-11/5.

It’s going to be the biggest conference we’ve ever thrown and now you can attend wherever you are in the world.

Our early bird pricing ends TODAY so if there was a time to grab your ticket, it is right now.

Get your ticket now.

See you there.

Tonight on the Livestream: The Tony Award Winning Lea Salonga

I remember watching Lea Salonga shred the stage as the star of Miss Saigon in 1991, when I was 18 years old. I had never seen a performance like that.  I was blown away.

And then I realized, she was only 18 too.  And, well . . . is there a phrase for doubly-blown away?

Lea has been performing professionally since she was a wee one in the Philippines, and she has continued to have one of the most successful careers in all of the theater since her Tony Award-winning days as Kim in Saigon.

And that is what defines a true success.  Many actors can find one role that they can do better than others.  But few actors can find a decades long career in this business, as they change, adapt, and excel time after time with role after different role.

On my livestream, TONIGHT AT 8, Lea and I talked about all the different roles she has played, from Kim to Erzulie in my Once to this Island, to Mrs. Lovett and Eponine, to Helen in Fun Home.

Oh, and she admits to . . . playing video games.

Listen in to hear her story, her tips on acting, getting through this pandemic . . . and even how to beat Final Fantasy.

You can join me and Lea TONIGHT, Tuesday, September 28th at 8 PM ET LIVE on my Facebook, on my Twitter, or on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube Channel!

Set a reminder here!
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You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT).

Next week . . .

I’ll give you a hint: she has a book launching the same day as our live chat!

To learn more about our guests and to support The Actors Fund, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Tonight on the Livestream: The Tony Nominated Will Swenson (Hair, Les Miz and more)

“What about Will Swenson?”

These are the words I’ve heard spoken at just about every single casting meeting I’ve been to, when you’re looking for a leading man that can do . . . well . . . anything.  He can play the good guy (Hair).  He can play the bad guy (Les Miz).  He can make you laugh (Disaster).

He’s also just a terrific guy that you want in your rehearsal room.

The next thing that’s said at these casting meetings by the Casing Director is, “He’s not available.”  Cuz the guy is always working, whether that’s on stage or on film or on the small screen.

So, when we were coming up with great guest ideas for you for my livestream, I said, “What about Will Swenson?”

And guess what?  He was available!  🙂

You can join me and Will TONIGHT, Tuesday, September 22nd at 8 PM ET LIVE on my Facebook, on my Twitter, or on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube Channel and find out what he’s been up to this pandemic, the two readings we recently did together, and MORE.

Set a reminder here!
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You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT).

Next week . . . Lea Salonga (Once On This Island, Les Miserable, Miss Saigon)!

To learn more about our guests and to support The Actors Fund, 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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