Sadly, this is the last blog I will ever write.

Now check the calendar.

Did I getcha?

April Fool’s it is.

Nope, I’m sorry to say, you’re stuck with me.  Now matter how many times a DAY some of the . . . uh . . . indiosyncracies . . . . of our industry make me think about chucking it in and sending off an application to law school . . . I’m going to keep at it.  Blogging, producing, pi**ing people off, whatever.

And you should to.

Happy April Fool’s Day!

 

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Fun on a Friday: See Spider-Man for free.

On Wednesday, I spoke about the importance of the contrarian view.

Well, you can’t get much more contrarian that this.

Enter Justin Moran, who earlier this month issued a challenge to himself and to commercial theater in general when he announced that he would be producing his own version of a Spider-Man musical . . . with a budget of zero dollars.

In the YouTube video below, Justin announced that over a 30 day period, he (and whomever he could drum up for some support – including this talented lad) would write, cast, compose, rehearse and open his Spider-Man . . . before the official opening of the $65 million dollar monster on 42nd St.

He’s vowing to beat ’em on budget and beat ’em on time.

And get this, there won’t be any premium prices for his seats.

Everyone gets in for free.

Although with only one performance at The People’s Improv Theater (which seats about 17.4 very tiny people), the tickets could actually be harder to get than tickets to the actual Spider-Man!

Will he succeed?  Will he get a cease & desist?  Will it be any good?

Who knows.

But I do know this . . . it sounds like a lot of fun.

For more info, visit The Spidey Project.

Oh, and Justin, if you read this . . . and are looking for some rehearsal space, we’re happy to donate some time to your cause.  Anyone who challenges themselves and the system is a winner in our book.  Send me an email.

 

 

 

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Fun on a Friday: A cartoon actor that is oh so real.

Here are a few laughs for all of you out there, especially those of you that have been an actor at any point in your career and tried to explain it to a family member.

Even I remember having conversations like this with some of my extended family back when I was looking to tread the boards.  Exact quote from a cousin: “Ken, you’re an actor, right?  You should do one of those soap operas.”  My response: “Oh my gosh, how I could I be so stupid? I’m going to go sign up on Monday and be on a soap opera!”

Watch, enjoy, then go “Do Phantom!

 


Fun on a Friday: Shut up, Dick!

talking to a lot of ‘people’ lately about their love of theater.

And I’ve heard some incredible, touching stories that could make a Romanian weightlifter cry.

And then I’ve heard stories like this one:

A theater lover was seeing a revival of The King and I many, many years ago.  And . . . well . . . I think I should just let him tell the story in his own words:

Nothing pisses me off more than people who sing along with overtures or songs on stage. Immediately upon the down beat of the overture this gravel-voiced man behind me starts to hum loudly.  I gave him a quick “shh” and turned back to my seat.  He continued a few beats later and I shushed him again.  On his third try I turned to face him and in a stage whisper said, “Will you please stop that awful singing?”

It was then that I realized I had told Richard Rodgers to shut up.

To his credit he apologized.

You know what my favorite part of that story is?  It wasn’t that my new friend taught Dick some good theater-going habits.  It wasn’t that even the Maestro of Musicals knew he was in the wrong!  It was that Richard Rodgers hummed along to his own tunes.  I mean, if the composer gets the songs stuck in his head, you’re on to something!

Fun on a Friday: Will Ferrell back on Broadway.

Will Ferrell made a big announcement earlier this week when he appeared on David Letterman.

Yep, the big man that tore up the Cort Theatre for 8 weeks a little over a year ago (which I was lucky enough to produce), told Dave’s viewers that he’s coming back to Broadway.

And this time, he’s going to do a musical.  Watch below to find out which one. And think about how lucky the Producers of this show are for all this attention.

Oh, and Will?  If you’re reading, please do come back.  I’m still laughing at that “Oh Brownie” bit.  And those nicknames of yours, were . . . well, as George W. would say, “Genius.  G-E-N-I-S.  Genius.”  (If you want to the best of the bunch, click here.)

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