My 5 Friday Finds: Learning from the Masters (and you won’t believe what they say).

Hello folks! Another Friday is upon us, which means 5 more finds from the theater and beyond you may have missed or that I think you should check out.

Here are my faves:

  1.  Did you see that proposal on The Emmys?

Everyone was talking/tweeting about Glenn Weiss’s surprise proposal to his girlfriend Jan Svendsen on this year’s Emmys. You may know that Glenn is the Producer of the Tony Awards. What you may not know is that Jan was the Marketing Director at The Broadway League for years. The industry gave them a huge standing ovation.

  1. David Mamet is teaching me how to write.

Online education is blowing up. In fact, there’s a theory that the cost of a college education may come DOWN in 20 years (!) when more and more people decide they don’t need to pay $130k a year when they can get so much info online. (That $130k is the real expected cost of Harvard in 2036, by the way – can you tell I have a newborn?)

In the meantime, there’s a ton of stuff out there for theater lovers. I’m loving MasterClass.com. I’ve taken the Aaron Sorkin class, and am currently on David Mamet’s. And get this, not only does David school you on the rules of Drama and how not to @#$% them up, but in episode 2 he comments on the Mike Pence/Hamilton controversy! It was worth it for that.

  1. Dim ’em all for Marin.

If you didn’t hear the tragic news, Marin Mazzie passed away this past week at the tender age of 57.

I worked with Marin on the original company of Ragtime and with her husband-to-be (at the time) on Candide, and let out an audible gasp when I heard the news while at an ad meeting.

They were going to dim just the lights of the marquees at the theaters where Marin worked, but after a social media revolt, all the lights went off yesterday to honor this incredible talent and incredible person.

  1. My New Flowers

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for unique “congrats” gifts to send folks instead of the usual flowers or chocolates.

SendABall is a great one. But if you’re looking for food, a neighbor turned me on to the best cookies I’ve binged on in a long time. Check these bad boys out (go for the almond shortcake).

  1. One of our last theaters goes bye-bye.

I was working for Garth Drabinsky when he announced he was buying the Times Square Theater. And then he went bankrupt. And went to jail.

Now, one of our last theaters that could be renovated is going to be a retail space. Boo.

Where’s Garth when we need him?!?

Next week? 5 More Finds. And if you like these, or have an idea for one (a show, a life hack, an app or whatever), please share ’em.

My 5 Friday Finds: Willy Wonka ain’t got nothing on this.

Thanks for all the great feedback on my first Friday Finds blog from last week. I’ll keep ’em coming!

Here are the five things I found fascinating this week.

  1.  Candytopia

Part exhibit, part art installation, part giant merchandising extravaganza, this event is one of the hottest (sweetest?) tickets in town. And they can do more than 8 shows a week. The “exhibit” market is a huge one these days. Hamilton is even getting in the game. What’s next? (I bet you can come up with an idea.)

  1. Press Agents Know All The Gossip

My very first press agent was the one I called to find out anything about everything and everyone. This week, story-spinner and veteran wag, Susan L. Schulman, published her 2nd Volume of Backstage Pass to Broadway: True Tales From A Press Agent. Find out what a PA does and read lots of good dish here.

  1. A Guide to Theater Etiquette

Candy wrappers, kids, cell phones and more are covered in this read from Time Out New York. Not sure I agree with everything, but it made a fun read as it has the usual snobby snark I associate with Time Out.

  1. The Band’s Visit Recoups!

If Vegas bookies took bets on TBV recouping its $8.5mm capitalization two years ago, they would have lost their shirts on paying out those long odds. But recoup it did, proving that once again there are no sure things and there are no non-sure things. And its success furthers my belief that we’re in the independent theatre era.

  1. Table Top Shakespeare?

Forced Entertainment brought their unique “Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare” to the Skirball Center this week, capturing my eye for two reasons. One, they’ve taken Bill’s classic plays and condensed them, giving us more content in less time (sounds like watching YouTube videos, doesn’t it? See where I’m going?) and two, they put the audience onstage. How many shows will have audiences in actual theater seats twenty years from now? (Table Top performs through Monday if you want to check it out. More here.)

 

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My 5 Friday Finds: Just Chillin’

Hello Producer’s Perspective Readers, and welcome to a brand new column here at TPP.

Starting today, and each and every Friday going forward, I’ll post a bullet-pointed blog with 5 Things I Found That Week that I think you’ll find fascinating or could help you in some way.

They could be anything . . . a show that caught my eye, a marketing trend, a book that I’m loving, a songwriter that I can’t stop listening to, a life hack . . . who knows!

But there will be five of them. They will be every Friday. And I think you’ll find they are worth a click or a ponder.

So without further ado, here are this week’s (and the first) Friday Finds:

  1.  Be More Chill Heads to Broadway: Everyone in this biz knew that Joe Iconis would have a Broadway show someday, but no one expected it to be this one. What makes this show a find is that it is the first Broadway show to get a Broadway run solely on the backs of social media.

The people wanted this show. And they got it.

Wait, wait. Did you hear that sound? It’s a revolution beginning.

Read about it here. Visit the Be More Chill website here. See some of the social that got it all started here.

  1. A Book About General Managers by a General Manager: I wrote a blog in 2014 answering the question “What Does A General Manager Do?”  Well, GM Peter Bogyo one-upped me and wrote a whole book about it.

He was nice enough to send me a copy, and I’m enjoying it. Check it out here.

  1. I Cut My Ties To Cable Last Week: I’m an early adopter. So when I make a move in my life, I know that others are doing the same. And last week, I got rid of my Verizon cable and went straight to Hulu. Anyone else?

Why is this a find? Because during the first hour of watching, I immediately noticed how the commercials were so much more hyper-targeted to me (and when signed in under her profile, the ads were hyper-targeted to my wife) than standard cable.

This is “programmatic” television advertising, and our business (which is always a bit behind other industries) has just started to get behind this trend.

Expect a lot more of it in the future, and if you’ve got a show, push for it yourself. (There’s a reason this stock has been killin’ it.)

  1. Al Roker Will Appear in Waitress: No one casts better than Barry and Fran Weissler. I worked on their 90s revival of Grease, which they kept running well beyond its expiration date with celebrities from all different worlds (from Olympic Gymnast Dominique Dawes to Xena\, The Warrior Princess).

And obviously, the casting of Chicago speaks for itself.

This week, they landed everyone’s favorite weatherman Al Roker for their surprise hit, Waitress.

This find reminded me that stars can be found in all different forms of entertainment mediums, and the unlikely of stars can get you the most press.

Read the announcement here.

  1. The Easiest Thing I’ve Ever Done To Save Money: I promised you life hacks. Here’s one:

You shop on Amazon?

Duh. We all do.

Since the birth of my little one, it feels like at least one box with that Amazon swoosh arrives on my doorstep every day.

While I normally don’t do this sort of thing, I signed up for the Amazon Store Card and get 5% off every purchase. And since I purchase everything on Amazon, it adds up to a nice chunk of change every month.

If you shop there, it’s worth the 5 minutes to sign up. They just give you back money that you can use on your next show. 🙂

Hope you enjoyed our first Friday Finds! See you next week, and if you’ve got a find of your own, send it to me and you may just see it here.

Freebie Friday: Get Free Script Coverage!

TGIFF.

That’s right.  No typo there.  Two Fs in that Acronym.  Thank G-D it’s F@#$ing Friday.  Am I right, people?

In the spirit of celebrating the upcoming weekend, we’re instituting a new feature here at TheProducersPerspective . . . Freebie Friday!

Unlike the Sunday Giveaways we used to do, we’re only going to do this sporadically, when we have something super compelling and of exceptional value (Broadway Tickets, Free Space at my Theater, etc.), so as not to clog your inbox or your Facebook feeds.  Sound good?

And to kick it off, we’re going to revive one of the most popular Giveaways we did in 2016 . . . free Script Coverage by my crackerjack Director of Creative Development (the guy that tells me what I should see/read and what I shouldn’t), Monsieur Eric Webb.

The winner of this Freebie Friday will get a complete written evaluation of their script (play or musical) by Eric, including a detailed list of strengths and weaknesses, as well as recommended action items for your next rewrite.

As you’ll see from these testimonials, Eric’s work is killer.

And the winner will get the same coverage Eric offers his clients (worth $450) for free.

To enter, click here!

The contest will run from today through next Sunday, the 22nd and the winner will be announced on the blog on Monday, January 23rd.

Good luck to everyone.  And here’s to getting your script in tip-top shape.

Click here to enter to win free Script Coverage.

And happy FF!

 

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Fun on a Friday: Featuring My Mom as the Guest Blogger.

My mom is responsible for me being here.

Not just here on this planet.  That’s obvious.  But she’s responsible for me being here . . . on this blog.  Because she’s the one who dragged me to an audition when I was five-years-old for The Steadfast Tin Soldier at the Gateway Players Theatre in Southbridge, Massachusetts.  I got the job,  and the rest is you know what.

My mom is still active at Gateway.  In fact, they just finished up a run of Fiddler.  She does costumes mostly (she worked her tuchas off making sure those dang bottles stayed on the heads of those Anatevkians).

A couple of weeks ago she texted me the graphic below.  “Have you seen this?”  she said.  I hadn’t.  It made me smile, because yeah, it was funny, but because it was also a joke from her world.  But…I forgot to respond to the text.  (Gulp!)

Two days later . . . “Did you get this???”

It was like I was 12 again and I had overslept.

“Yeah, I did.  It’s funny.”

“You should post it on your blog thing.  Or on The Facebook.”

“Ok, Mom.”

So here’s the thing.  When you’re 14, you don’t always do what your Mom tells you. When you’re 44 and you realize how much you owe the amazing people that not only put you on the planet, but put up with your crazy crap, oh and introduced you to the thing that is now your hobby and your profession . . . you do what they say.

So enjoy Mom’s Fun on a Friday!

 

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