Need some advice about the arts or anything? 50 Mentors in ONE book.

Confession time.
 
When I started my podcast over five years and two hundred (!) interviews ago, I told all the A-listers I interviewed that I was doing it for my listeners.
 
“They need your advice,” I said, “Your motivation, your mentorship. They want to hear your stories of success, so they can model their journey after yours.”
 
That was a fib.
 
In truth? I wanted to hear how these icons overcame obstacles, for me, as much as anyone else.
 
The good news?
 
I got away with the half-truth – because the interviews helped listeners AND me. Double-fecta.
 
And something interesting happened.
 
Over the years, I found myself listening to some of these podcasts again. Sometimes three times. I often used the most powerful quotes as #MyMorningWhiteBoardQuote on my Instagram.
 
And when faced with difficult decisions on my shows (and in my life), I often called up the wisdom of these A-listeners to help me make the right choice.
 
These hundreds of people became my mentors, whether they knew it or not.
 
And now, they are yours.
 
Here’s how . . .
 
Because I found elements of these conversations so valuable, I went back to Podcast Interview #1 ,and re-read every every single transcript.
 
Then I culled the BEST takeaways, action items, quotes and inspirational insights from 50 of those interviews and put them into a book entitled . . . Cast of Mentors. (Yes, an homage to a similar volume by Tim Ferris that I found so helpful in my entrepreneurial endeavors as well as the “Directors on Directing” and “Producers on Producing” books I loved when I was coming up.)
 
Inside the book, you’ll find a couple of pages per mentor, with key questions and answers about how to make better theater – that you can read in 5 minutes. Yep, I designed the book for you to read in bites. Got five minutes before a Zoom meeting starts? Read tips on directing from Kenny Leon. Or songwriting from Bobby Lopez. Or producing from Daryl Roth. Or life from Ali Stroker. Or . . . on and on and on. Because there are 50 of ’em in this volume alone. (See the full list of mentors below).
 
Want to see what the inside of the book looks like? Click here to read advice from multiple Tony Award winning Directors and Choreographers. (And when you are done – feel how you want to turn the page and read another one!)
 
The book, Cast of Mentors: Short Sage Advice From 50 Broadway Superpowers is available for pre-order NOW Click here to be first in line to get it (release date is November 19th – in time to grab as a holiday gift for the TheaterMaker in your life.)
 
Oh, and we made it a fancy hardcover. Because the advice in the book is worth it. I know you’ll find yourself consulting it over and over.
 
Grab Cast Of Mentors here.
 
And a huge thanks to the following 50 mentors for being a part of Volume I. (Yep – there will be a second one!)
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.

[SPECIAL] Tonight on the Livestream: From a Quarantine in Korea, Director to Watch, Sammi Cannold!

Everyone in the Broadway biz knows that Sammi Cannold is a director to watch.

That’s why she made the Forbes 30 Under 30 List for up-and-comers in Hollywood and Entertainment.

And Tonight at 8 PM EDT, she will LITERALLY be one to watch when she appears on my livestream!

And get this, it’ll be 9 AM where she is . . . because she’s in Korea . . . under quarantine! Yep, she’s working on a film project there about the South Korean response to getting theater back up and running, so she’ll have lots to talk about on what they are doing right . . . and how Broadway can learn from the Korean response.

I’m also eager to get her take on how she’s going to create in the post-pandemic world, since she is one of the most creative directors talked about today.  She helmed the Evita at City Center and right before COVID shut down the world, her production of Endlings at New York Theater Workshop had a 4,100 gallon pool on stage. (I just want to say, “I noticed her” – check out this blog I wrote back in 2013 talking about her production of Violet – before I knew who she was, but knew she’d do amazing things).

And, she’ll be directing my new musical, Joy, for me . . . because, well, I couldn’t think of a better person to direct a show about a young, passionate, female entrepreneur like Joy Mangano than a young, passionate, female artrepreneur like Sammi Cannold.

She’s also going to appear on a “creating for the new world” panel at my conference in November, but we’re going to get a preview tonight!

So tune in at 8 PM Eastern, 9 AM Korean time to hear all about Sammi’s take on theater safety, how the pandemic is sparking her creativity, and whether or not she truly likes Kimchee.

Click here to get a reminder or to go there RIGHT NOW!

And look who is joining us over the next few weeks:

 

Tuesday, July 21st – Steven Pasquale (Actor – American Son, Bridges of Madison County)

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

Tuesday, August 4th – Norm Lewis (Actor – Phantom of The Opera, Porgy and Bess, Les Miserables)

Tuesday, August 11th – John Cariani (Actor/Playwright – Something Rotten; Caroline or Change; Almost, Maine)

 

You can catch me 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 about our guests and the organizations for which we are raising money, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Tonight on the Livestream: Broadway Casting Director, Tara Rubin

Last week on the livestream, Tony Award-winning Mr. John Rando joined us for the livestream and told us . . .

1 – What it was like turning Back to the Future into a musical

and

2 – How he and his entire family were some of the early USers to get coronavirus and how they struggled through it!

It’s a fun convo, so catch the replay here.

This week, we’re bringing on one of the best Casting Directors in the biz . . . Ms. Tara Rubin, responsible for putting together the talent for shows like this season’s Six, Sing Street, not to mention Jagged Little Pill, Phantom, Cats, School of Rock, and so many more.

If you’re an actor (or know one), make sure you tell them to tune in, because Tara is going to give us her tips on “How To Get Cast During COVID-19!” including the secrets of auditioning via Zoom.

Tara is on tonight, Tuesday, July 13th at 8 PM!

Set your reminder for tonight’s episode here.

And look who’s joining me over the next few weeks including a SPECIAL THURSDAY LIVESTREAM FROM KOREA!

 

 

Thursday, July 16th – Sammi Cannold LIVE – Quarantined in Korea!!! (Director – New York City Center’s Evita, Ragtime on Ellis Island)

Tuesday, July 21st – Steven Pasquale (Actor – American Son, Bridges of Madison County)

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

Tuesday, August 4th – Norm Lewis (Actor – Phantom of The Opera, Porgy and Bess, Les Miserables)

Tuesday, August 11th – John Cariani (Actor/Playwright – Something Rotten; Caroline or Change; Almost, Maine)

 

You can catch me 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 about our guests and the organizations for which we are raising money, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Tonight on the Livestream: Tony Award-winning Director, John Rando!

Big thanks to Tony Award-winning costume designer Paul Tazewell (Hamilton, Ain’t Too Proud, “Harriet”) for joining me on the livestream last week. His convo had me watching that Hamilton stream in a totally different light! I mean, did you see those cuffs on Jefferson’s coat???

If you missed my chat with Paul, go over and watch the replay and learn about Paul’s process to designing some of the most intricate costumes . . . it’s how it’s all in those details!

And tonight, we’ve got a little ol’ A-list Director switcheroo!

Bart Sher had a last-minute scheduling conflict, so we’re working on getting him rescheduled for later in the summer/early fall.

In the meantime, my good buddy JOHN RANDO from Gettin’ The Band Back Together and the Tony Award-winning Director of Urinetown, as well as the Director of the new musical, Back To The Future (expect me to ask lots of questions about that), will join us for a convo about what he’s been up to since the pandemic began.

Also, joining us on the livestream tonight is a very special guest: Michael Merritt, an emerging TheaterMaker and a nurse, who spent the apex of the pandemic on the front lines at an NYC hospital!

I’ve invited him to be our special guest tonight to talk about how the experience impacted him and how it’s affecting his future, both as a nurse and as a TheaterMaker.

Set your reminder for tonight’s episode here.

 

And look who’s joining me over the next few weeks . . .

Thursday, July 9th – Altar Boyz Reunion *****  (Added livestream this week! Note the day!)

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

Thursday, July 16th – Sammi Cannold LIVE – Quarantined in Korea!!! (Director – New York City Center’s Evita, Ragtime on Ellis Island)

Tuesday, July 21st – Steven Pasquale (Actor – American Son, Bridges of Madison County)

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

Tuesday, August 4th – Norm Lewis (Actor – Phantom of The Opera, Porgy and Bess, Les Miserables)

Tuesday, August 11th – John Cariani (Actor/Playwright – Something Rotten; Caroline or Change; Almost, Maine)

 

You can catch me 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 about our guests and the organizations for which we are raising money, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

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

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