Podcast Episode 150 – Six-Time Tony Award Nominated Actor, Danny Burstein

I call myself an a$$hole in this podcast episode.

Why?

Because in my desire to put a spotlight on the business of Broadway, and give you a peek into the professions who aren’t always front and center, from Writers to Producers to Lighting Designers and more, I have been prejudiced against one of our most important professions.

The Actor.

It’s easy to think of the Actor as just an interpreter of drama, especially since in many cases (like I just talked about in my Facebook Live video at Gettin’ The Band Back Together auditions this week), they are the last ingredients added to the show.

I wanted an Actor to shed some light on the influence a performer can have on a play or a musical, and I couldn’t have asked for anyone more perfect to play this role on my podcast than six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein.

During our chat, Danny gave me some insight into his process and where Actors fit into the development of shows as well as . . .

  • The difficult decision of turning down big-time Broadway chorus roles, because he never wanted to be in the chorus, even though he needed the $.
  • Why he reads scripts 50-100 times before rehearsals begin.
  • When Writers and Directors should listen to Actors and why.
  • How to get Danny to do your show.
  • Why he thinks of himself like a Plumber.

When you watch Danny perform, like I’ve been lucky enough to do in show after show over the last few decades, you notice two things right away . . .

1 – This guy can act.

2 – This guy loves what he does almost as much as audiences love watching him.

Listen in.  His passion will come through your headphones, and straight into your heart.

Enjoy.

Click here for the link to my podcast with Danny!

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

Download it here.

 

Broadway Grosses w/e 2/11/2018: Ok, now that THAT’s over.

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending February 11, 2018.
The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League
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The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending February 4, 2018.
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Which Broadway show would you rather invest in?

“So . . . who’s in it?”

This is the most common question I get whenever I’m raising money for a Broadway show . . .  whether I’m talking to a new Broadway Investor or a seasoned angel.

And it’s a good question.

But it’s not a great question.

When I’m evaluating a Broadway Investment opportunity, I have a very specific due diligence process that I go through to rate the risk of the production.  Because all opportunities carry risk . . . including walking down the street.  The real question is how risky is each opportunity . . . and what’s the upside?   (Is there a Pinkberry across that street???)

And the “Who” in this moneyball-like equation is a factor, for sure, but it’s not the most important one.

So when I get this question these days, I usually return the question with a question.

“Let me ask you,” I say, “Which of these Broadway shows would you rather have invested in:  Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away, Rent, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, A Chorus Line, etc . . . or . . . INSERT NAME OF STAR-DRIVEN VEHICLE HERE.”

Who’s in a show may give an investor some comfort when a show is launched, but since all shows carry risk, and since the upside on star vehicles can be so limited thanks to the shorter runs and the higher salaries, the savvy investors go drilling for the real oil, which isn’t located in Star Town.

The gushers aren’t dependent on stars.  In those cases, which are the ones we all want, the ones that send out double-digit distribution checks every month, the show is the only star.

So the next time you’re raising money, remind your prospect that having Madonna in your show may make it easier for them to write a check, but it will mean they won’t get many back.

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Miss Daddy Long Legs? It’s baaaaaack!

Remember that time we live streamed Daddy Long Legs, and it was the first ever Broadway or Off Broadway show to get that digital treatment . . . ever?

And remember when over 150,000 people tuned in from over 130 countries around the world?

If you were one of the folks that missed it, or if you saw it on the live stream or live-live at my theater and just miss that super-sweet musical (and the amazing performances from real-life married couple (and now new parents!) Megan McGinnis and Adam Halpin), guess what …we’ve brought it back for you.

The folks at BroadwayHD were fans of the live stream, so they reached out and made it possible for you to see it on their network (big props to Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley for adding us to their catalog and building BroadwayHD in the first place).

And it’s available NOW.

Click here to see it.

And for you theater companies out there . . . after you watch it, I have a feeling you’ll want to DO it (it’s 2 people, a unit set, and features a gorgeous score by Paul Gordon and a Drama Desk Award-winning book by John Caird), click here for info on how to perform it in your town . . . because (insert trumpet sounds), the rights are now fully available all over the world!

Enjoy it on HD.


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