Tonight on the Livestream: Broadway Veteran and Change Agent, Asmeret Ghebremichael

We are back, people!

Tonight, we kick off the new weekly format of The Producer’s Perspective LIVE! with my friend and uber-talented theatermaker, Asmeret Ghebremichael. For the last 20 years, Asmeret has been performing in shows on Broadway like Legally Blonde, Wicked, Elf, SpamalotThe Book of Mormon (on Broadway and in The West End), and more. (I first became aware of her super skills in the late-night improv hit, Don’t Quit Your Night Job.)

I’ve even been lucky enough to have her in a few readings of mine over the years.  And I’ve always known she has a fantastic voice.

But in the last few weeks, she has used that voice to sing out some of the most authentic, emotional, and important thoughts about the issues facing Black people and Black performers.

Click here to watch her Instagram Live interview with Josh Gad, and click here to read her opinion piece for Broadway News titled, Opinion: I’m tired of being the token Black friend.”

Tonight at 8pm EDT, she and I will talk about how she got to Broadway, what it was like when she got here, and what she sees for the future.

And this week, all proceeds will benefit the Broadway Advocacy Coalition.

So click here to join us TONIGHT at 8pm EDT!

And look who is joining us over the next few weeks! (Stay tuned for the Altar Boyz reunion, which will get sandwiched in between the super gets below soon!)

Tuesday, June 23rd – Mandy Gonzalez (Actor – Hamilton, In The Heights)

Tuesday, June 30th – TBD

Tuesday, July 7th – TBD

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

Tuesday, July 21st – Brian Stokes Mitchell (The Actors Fund Chairman, Actor – Shuffle Along, Women on the Verge of Nervous Breakdown, Ragtime)

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

 

You can catch me and a Broadway superstar 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, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Darren DeVerna: He made Broadway a whole lot brighter.

Broadway lost someone this week who most people outside of Broadway’s Inner Circle wouldn’t know.

But if you ask me, Darren DeVerna was one of the pillars that Broadway was built on, and one of the reasons it was still standing.

He wasn’t a bold-faced name, despite the fact that he knew everyone, having come into the biz as a stagehand in 1977 (and having been born into a stagehand royalty family), and that his company, PRG, supplied the lighting equipment for 75% of the shows on Broadway.

He was often called on for advice, for counsel, to mediate disagreements, for “relief” (reductions in rental costs when a show wasn’t doing well), investment, and much, much more.

And he always helped.  Somehow.  Always.

And don’t even get me started at how he relentlessly picked up the check, or sent the most glorious holiday gifts, or always wore a suit, or . . .

I could go on and on, but I guess it’s easier to say that he was Broadway’s finest gentleman.

He ended every one of the many lunches we had at Joe Allen’s or golf games at his club, with a giant bear hug (and he was a big guy), and a “Love you, pal!” and a “Keep grinding!” or a “Just tell me what you need and we will work it out!”

In fact, I just scrolled through the emails I got from him over the last year, after he got his diagnosis with cancer and was in treatment,  and this was just a sample of how he signed off:

“I may be a tad slow on the response on certain days but I will be there for you!!!”

“Love ya!”

“I will be back in the saddle shortly!”

We were supposed to have lunch right as this COVID nonsense was beginning, and now I have another reason to hate this virus.  Yeah, today, I’m truly angry.

But he wouldn’t want me to be. He’d just want me to keep grinding.  Especially now.

So I will.

Darren, you were a friend, a mentor, and an inspiration.  You taught me about lighting . . . but more importantly about loyalty.

And Broadway will never be the same without you.

Thank you for making it a better place to do business.

 

Tonight on the Livestream: Broadway Choreographer, Kelly Devine

I’m still riding the wave of positivity after last night’s episode. Big thanks to Mat and Savanna for joining us last night, and for Sierra Boggess for being our ultimate surprise guest!  And of course, I’m grateful to Lisa Kron for coming on and sharing her tips for writing new stories – even sharing her favorite lyrics and lyricists on Broadway. If you missed this jam-packed episode, make sure you check it out.

And don’t forget, you can go back and replay all your favorite episodes here!

Tonight, I’m sitting down with Kelly Devine, Broadway Choreographer who was in the middle of previews for Diana on Broadway when Broadway shutdown. I’m eager to find out what Diana’s creative team is doing with the show during this ‘extended intermission’.

Tune at 8pm EDT tonight to find out what Kelly is working on. And click here to set your e-reminder.

 

To see the full line-up of guests for the next few weeks visit www.theproducersperspective.com/LIVE.

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(If any of you are interested in streaming your concert, workshop, reading . . . or even starting your own livestream series, I highly recommend the platform we’ve been using – StreamYard.  Click here to check them out.)

Tonight on the Livestream: Lisa Kron with Special Guests Mat & Savanna Shaw

Big thanks to Lynn Ahrens for joining me last night. I’m still thinking about the moment when Lynn pranked me . . . LIVE, and in front of everyone! If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, catch the replay here.  (And you’ll also get a master class in lyric writing – Lynn told me how I could become a better lyricist in the next 30 days – curriculum and all!)

And don’t forget, you can go back and replay all your favorite episodes here!

Tonight, I’m sitting down with Playwright and Bookwriter, Lisa Kron (Fun Home, Well), and chatting about writing new works during these challenging times.

And we have a special treat for all of you tonight. I’ll also be sitting down with Daddy-Daughter Duo, Mat and Savanna Shaw. If you watched last Monday’s episode with Mara Isaacs, you’ll recognize these Youtube sensations . . . and as soon as I saw they were Broadway fans, I knew I wanted to get them on the livestream and we made it happen in less than 10 days!

Tune at 8pm EDT tonight and hang out with me, Lisa Kron, and the Shaw’s. And click here to set your e-reminder.

 

To see the full line-up of guests for the next few weeks visit www.theproducersperspective.com/LIVE.

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(If any of you are interested in streaming your concert, workshop, reading . . . or even starting your own livestream series, I highly recommend the platform we’ve been using – StreamYard.  Click here to check them out.)

THIS WEEK ON THE LIVESTREAM: Lynn Ahrens, Kelly Devine, Adrian Bryan-Brown and more!

We had a week of big laughs on last week’s Livestream, and not just because I can’t seem to get through an episode without screwing something up.  🙂

If you missed any of the industry experts we had on the show, or just want to see my ‘live bloopers’, here are a few replays from last week to catch up on!

  • Mara Isaacs talked about her company Theater For One and how it’s perfect for Social Distancing for theatre.
  • Jamil Jude shared his insight to how regional theaters will bounce back stronger than ever.
  • Michael Greif talked about his relationship with writers Pasek & Paul and Jonathan Larson and how the piece develops when you have great collaborators.
  • The Daddy Long Legs Reunion brought together the entire team for the first in nearly five years and we chatted about fond memories, how the show came together, and what important prop is living in Megan and Adam’s apartment.
  • Des McAnuff shared his insight on

You can see all of the 50+ episodes here.

AND HERE IS WHO IS ON THE LIVE STREAM THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, May 26th – Lynn Ahrens (Composer – Ragtime, Once On This Island, Anastasia)

Wednesday, May 27th – Lisa Kron (Playwright/Bookwriter – Fun Home) with Special Guests Daddy-Daughter YouTube Singing Sensations Mat and Savanna Shaw.

Thursday, May 28th – Kelly Devine (Choreographer – Diana, Come From Away, Rocky)

Friday, May 29th – Adrian Bryan-Brown (President – Boneau/Bryan-Brown: Broadway Theatre Public Relations).

We are going LIVE every night at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT). Follow me on Facebook to get notified as soon as we hit the “GO LIVE” button.

Don’t have Facebook? You can also watch the livestream on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube channel.

To see who’s coming up next, 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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