In 2010, back in the early days of this blog, I got an email from a young lady who asked me, “What does a Broadway Producer do?”
I took her question, and sent it around to my Producing Peers and asked them to answer it in one sentence. I posted all of the responses in a blog, that has since become one of my most read entries to date. You can read it here. (By the way – Young Inquisitive Lady who emailed me . . . who has probably now graduated from college and is hopefully producing somewhere . . . if you’re reading this, drop me a line and let me know what you’re up to.)
Flash forward eight years later, and just last Saturday I was interviewed by ABC radio and guess what the host asked? Yep. He didn’t know what a Producer did either.
I gave my usual answers about how a Broadway Producer is like a CEO or Chairman of the Board, or like any entrepreneur who starts a business.
And then I ended with why I love my job . . . because every day is different. One day I’m getting the rights to a show, the next day I’m working on a new marketing initiative, then I’m opening a show, raising money for the next one, meeting songwriters, interviewing directors, courting stars, etc., etc.
And no matter how challenging each day may be, it’s all awesome. Because it’s all about the theater.
The interview ended and my big takeaway was that despite my ten years of blogging, people out there were still wondering what Broadway Producers actually do! Since part of my mission has always been to help demystify Broadway and the profession of The Producer, I knew I had to figure out another way to pull back the curtain.
And blogging and podcasting weren’t going to cut it this time.
So, starting today, I’m launching the most behind-the-curtain view into what I do.
Yep, I’m launching a series on Facebook Live called . . . #EveryDayIsDifferent.
Starting TODAY at around noon, I’ll host my first Facebook Live episode. And every weekday (and occasionally on a weekend), at least once per day, you’ll get a Facebook Live from me, telling you where I am, what I’m doing, and why #EveryDayIsDifferent.
You’ll catch me at ad meetings, agent meetings, openings, focus groups, investor meetings, and everything else that I do (and maybe even a glimpse into how I balance my work with my life/wife/soon-to-be-born Broadway baby).
I’ll explain what I’m up to and why I’m doing what I’m doing, daily.
For those of you who remember the 100 Days to Godspell, “Day By Day” blog (seen here), it’s a bit like that . . . but live and on camera. (Ok, I just got a little nervous when I typed that – what have I gotten myself into!)
And this is a terrific time to get a glimpse into the day-to-day of what a Broadway Producer does, because we’re going into awards season with Once On This Island and I’m getting into the production phase of Gettin’ The Band Back Together. (And I’m also announcing a new musical in development this very week so stay tuned!)
There will be lots of stuff going on, and you’ll get to see it all, including the good days, the
bad challenging days, and everything in between.
So you wanna see what a Broadway Producer does?
All you have to do is click here and like me on Facebook. You’ll be notified when I go live. And if you miss it, the video will be stored for later, so you can watch it whenever.
Just click here. Like the page. And remember, #EveryDayIsDifferent.
See you . . . (gulp) . . . live.
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