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.

May 21, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

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

 

1 – Diana on Broadway moves up its opening night by one month

Originally announced to return on December 1, 2021, Diana will now be returning to Broadway on November 2, 2021, one month prior to the show’s Netflix premiere.

Read  more: BroadwayNews.com

 

2 – New Bill Seeks to Shake Up Broadway Ticketing Business

March Hershberg from Forbes writes about the new bill that has been introduced in the NY Senate that could kill “variable pricing” on Broadway. Read for more, but I wonder what they’ll have to say about airlines or hotels as well. Think it’ll pass?

Read more: Forbes.com

 

3 – The Golden Ratio

Stephen Langston shares his theory about “the golden ratio”, a Greek formula that could be responsible for hit musicals such as Les Mis, Miss Saigon, Phantom, Cats, and more. 

Read more: Phys.org

 

4 – Dear Evan Hansen Movie Trailer has been released!

The Dear Evan Hansen movie, starring Ben Platt who won a Tony for this role on Broadway, will premiere on September 24th, 2021. Head to the link below to watch the trailer. 

Read more: Playbill.com

 

5 – The Drama Book Shop to reopen on June 10, 2021

The Drama Book Shop is reopening this summer thanks to Broadway’s Lin Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Jeffery Seller, and James L. Nederlander, the NYC theatre institution will be back up and running soon enough. 

Read more: Playbill.com

 

Fun on a Friday:

Something tells us that you need this video on this Friday. It’s cats watching CATS!

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Who do you want to see what we call “Places, please!”

Get this.

We’re only six months away from our FIFTH (!) ANNUAL THEATERMAKERS SUMMIIT!

And this year’s theme?

“Places, Please!” 🙂

My team is already hard at work making this the best summit yet.  And task #1?  Assembling a list of the best speakers in the biz, from all over the world, to help inspire and educate all of us, on how to make more theater and better theater in 2021 and beyond.

So . . . let me ask YOU . . . whether you’re a TheaterMaker or a TheaterFan, who do YOU want to see speak at this year’s Summit?

Tell us who you’d love to hear from at The Summit and we’ll put ’em on our list!

And thanks!

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Tickets for The Summit are already on sale here, and you only have 41 more days to get the early bird price, so snatch ’em up.  Because you know you’ll want to come later!

Introducing a new place where the “cool” people (aka theater people) hang out.

Quick story from my early awkward days . . . 

When I was in college at Tisch, I , like every other student at NYU, tried to get into nightclubs on the weekend.

And for some reason, the fancy door people, with their super chic outfits, always turned me away. In hindsight, it might have something to do with my khaki pants from The Gap, white shirt from The Gap and blue blazer . . . from JC Penney.

I did get into one. Once. One of the ladies from my acting class at Strasberg took pity on me, and escorted me past the velvet rope on her arm. (You know who you are, and I’m still thankful.)

When I got inside, well, things got worse. All that I wanted to do was talk about theater! And apparently, that’s not what most people do at nightclubs.  

Ever since, I have longed for a place where I could mingle with other people who loved theater as much as I did.  A place with no dress code. No cover charge. Just passionate theater people who wanted to make theater . . . and took steps to do that.  

So we made one!

It’s online (duh), so you can even go to this “club” in your PJs. In fact, it’s on Facebook, so you already know the address.

That’s right, we created the ultimate TheaterMakers Facebook Group! And we seeded it with a ton of our friends! There are already 700 other producers, writers, directors, actors and more mingling right now!  (When you join, it’ll be like going to a nightclub that’s already “hoppin'”!)

So if you’re looking for a place where YOU belong and you want to meet other people just like you, click here.

Enjoy it. I happen to think it’s the coolest club on the planet. And who knows? You might meet someone who wants to go on your theatermaking journey with you. 

Join the free TheTheaterMakers Facebook Group here!

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