Join The Producer’s Perspective Writer’s Club!

This idea comes courtesy of YOU!

We’ve had such success with our Mastermind program . . . which consists of small groups of passionate achievers getting together monthly to help each other crush the obstacles in their way on their path to success . . . that many of you have asked about a program specifically tailored to Writers!

 

We listened, and are proud to introduce . . . The Producer’s Perspective WRITER’S CLUB!

 

THIS group is all about the craft itself and will include regular presentations of your work, feedback from an expert, as well as feedback from your peers.

 

Accountability, Structure, and Peer Review:  The three ingredients necessary for success in writing and in ANYTHING.   (Similar to programs like BMI, etc.)

 

Because let’s face it.  It’s hard to write by yourself . . . with only YOU to enforce deadlines, make sure you keep writing, and to give yourself objective feedback.

 

It’s just so hard to get better by yourself.  And it’s just so hard to get anything done by yourself.

 

But in a group setting?  Around other people trying to achieve the same things you are, who not only help you become a better writer but also inspiring you to keep writing?  Well, that’s where the good stuff happens.,

 

And boom, you get a fantastic networking opportunity at the same time.

 

The Writer’s Club will consist of 12 (and only 12) passionate and committed writers, who will meet once a month and present their own material, and contribute feedback on the material of their peers.  Participants will be required to present material on whatever project you’re working on at least once every other session.

 

You can bring a scene from a play, a song from a musical, whatever you’d like . . . but you have to contribute.  Because we’re looking for Writer’s here.  Not folks who say they are Writers but actually don’t write.

 

The Club will be led by none other than my Director of Creative Development, Eric Webb. Eric is one the best dramaturgs I know, which is why he evaluates all the submissions we get and helps me choose which projects we should pursue. It’s why he has also been on the selection committee for NYMF and more.  (For those of you who have gotten his script coverage, well, you know how good he is.)

 

Because there are only 12 spots available, and because we’re only looking for “A Few Good Writers” who are super committed to their craft, you must apply if you’re interested in a spot.

 

I’m so excited that you guys were interested in this. And can’t wait to see the amazing projects that come out of it.

 

 

Best,
Ken

 

P.S.  We’re picking our lucky dozen by 5/26, one week from today. So you must apply by May 25th!  Click here.

The Real Key To Success

Hey Writers,

 

If you follow me on Twitter or “like me” on Facebook, then you may have caught a link I shared from Entrepreneur Magazine this very AM about the “12 Habits of Highly Effective Entrepreneurs.”

 

It makes sense that I read Entrepreneur, right?  And that I’d be fascinated by the habits of the effective entrepreneurs out there.  After all, I’m a business guy, right?  I produce shows.  I created a board game. I run a company that sells Broadway tickets to high schools, senior groups, etc.

 

I’m an entrepreneur.

 

But here’s the thing, my dear writer . . .

 

So are you.

 

If you think the key to success as a writer is just shutting yourself in a room and writing all day long, by yourself, with just you and a laptop, then, well, you probably shouldn’t even be reading this (go ahead, close the page, because there’s nothing more I can say to help you get where you want to be).

 

Why sure, locking yourself in a room and writing could, I guess, lead you to a successful career as a writer.  That is, if someone trips over your script one day, probably after you’ve gone on to green pastures.  The chances of being “discovered” are probably like winning the lottery.

 

The sure-fire way to success NOW is to think of yourself as not only a writer but also as an entrepreneur.  Run your writing like I run my board game company, or my group sales company, and I guarantee you’ll have the success you want . . . even faster than you could ever imagine.

 

Need a head start?  Read that article from Entrepreneur that I tweeted this AM!  It’s free and it’s right here.  It shares great tips that you can start using right away, about everything, including . . .

 

  • Staying hydrated
  • Getting a mentor or coach
  • Joining groups filled with folks just like you
  • Continuing your education

And one of my favorites . . .

  • Ignoring naysayers (i.e. reviewers!)
If you start treating your career like a business, this business will respond.  It’s just what happens. Watch.

 

Have a great weekend, and keep writing!

Best,

Ken

P.S.  Like this idea?  Like me on Facebook, will ya?  I deliver more cool content like this free article from Entrepreneur on my Facebook page, so liking me there will make sure you get inspiring stuff in your feed just when you need it.

The Official 2017 Outer Critics Circle Award Winners

Here are this year’s Outer Critics Circle 2016-2017 Award Winners:

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
Oslo

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Come From Away

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
If I Forget

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Band’s Visit

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Irene Sankoff & David Hein     Come From Away

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

David Yazbek     The Band’s Visit
 
OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Jitney

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
(Broadway or Off-Broadway)

Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Rebecca Taichman     Indecent

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Christopher Ashley     Come From Away

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Warren Carlyle     Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Mimi Lien     Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Catherine Zuber     War Paint

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Bradley King     Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
 
OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Aaron Rhyne     Anastasia

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
(Play or Musical)

Gareth Owen     Come From Away

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS

Larry Hochman     Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY

Kevin Kline     Present Laughter

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Laura Linney     The Little Foxes

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Andy Karl     Groundhog Day

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Bette Midler     Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Danny DeVito     The Price

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Cynthia Nixon     The Little Foxes    

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Gavin Creel     Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jenn Colella     Come From Away

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Simon McBurney     The Encounter

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Bess Wohl     Small Mouth Sounds

How to Find Your Star

Hey Writers,

 

I was on a coaching Skype call recently with one of my ProducersPerspectivePRO “Lead Producers” and they asked me about making offers to celebrities to be in their show, and asking other celebs just to come see their show (the right tweet from the right star can mean instant ticket sales).
This call made me think that many of you might be in the same boat, so I thought I’d share with you some of the tools we use to find these folks.

Maybe you want to make an offer to an actor to star in your show.

 

Maybe you want a celeb to direct your show (this is a great strategy, by the way – most actors want to direct so this is a great way to get a celeb involved with your show who may not have the time to act in it).

 

Or maybe you just want to invite celebs to see your show.

 

But you gotta know where to reach out, right?

 

Here are a couple of tips on how to find contact info for stars.

 

A lot of folks out there use IMDBPro, which is a good resource for getting an actor’s agent info.  And I use it too.  But you know me, I also like to use tools that not everyone else is using.  Because if everyone is getting to a party via one road, you know there’s going to be a lot of traffic.  Better to find another route.  🙂

 

That’s why I also use www.ContactAnyCelebrity.com, which is a lesser known site, but its sole purpose is to get you the most accurate information on getting in touch with a celeb.

 

We use it for invites, casting offers, press and more.  Most of the stars listed have multiple contacts (for multiple impressions!) and the site even gives charity tie-ins and guarantees the contact info as being up to date.

 

They offer a free trial so if you’ve got the need for a celeb, I’d check it out.

 

And again, don’t think that celebrities are just assets when they are in a show.  You know when the original Broadway production of The Color Purple started really selling tickets?  When Oprah came aboard as a producer.

 

Have a great weekend, and remember . . . whatever happens, keep writing!

 

Best,

Ken

The 2017 Broadway Tony Award Nominations

Below are the nominees for the 2017 Tony Award from the 2016-17 Broadway season:

 

Best Play

A Doll’s House, Part 2

Author: Lucas Hnath
Producers: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Barry Diller, Universal Stage Productions, The John Gore Organization, James L. Nederlander, Ambassador Theatre Group, Peter May, Seth A. Goldstein, Heni Koenigsberg, Stephanie P. McClelland, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Al Nocciolino, True Love Productions, Diana DiMenna, Meredith Lynsey Schade, Barbara Freitag & Patty Baker, Benjamin Lowy & Adrian Salpeter, John Mara, Jr. & Benjamin Simpson, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson

 

Indecent

Author: Paula Vogel
Producers: Daryl Roth, Elizabeth I. McCann, Cody Lassen, Jerry Meyer, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Elizabeth Armstrong, Julie Boardman, CoGo Partners, Nicole Eisenberg, Four Star Productions, GLS Productions, The John Gore Organization, Kathleen K. Johnson, Dana M. Lerner, Jenn Maley, Mano-Horn Productions, Marc Platt, Storyboard Entertainment, Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Vineyard Theatre

 

Oslo

Author: J.T. Rogers
Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Adam Siegel, Hattie K. Jutagir

 

Sweat

Author: Lynn Nottage
Producers: Stuart Thompson, Louise L. Gund, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Jon B. Platt, Roy Furman, Len Blavatnik, Shelly Mitchell, Scott Rudin, Ted Snowdon, Kevin Emrick, True Love Productions, John Gore, Deborah Taylor/Richard Winkler, The Public Theater, Oskar Eustis, Patrick Willingham


Best Musical

Come From Away

Producers: Junkyard Dog Productions, Jerry Frankel, Latitude Link, Smith & Brant Theatricals, Steve & Paula Reynolds, David Mirvish, Michael Rubinoff, Alhadeff Productions, Michael Alden & Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Sam Levy, Rodney Rigby, Spencer Ross, Richard Winkler, Yonge Street Theatricals, Sheridan College, Michael & Ellise Coit, Ronald Frankel, Sheri & Les Biller, Richard & Sherry Belkin, Gary & Marlene Cohen, Allan Detsky & Rena Mendelson, Lauren Doll, Barbara H. Freitag, Wendy Gillespie, Laura Little Theatricals, Carl & Jennifer Pasbjerg, Radio Mouse Entertainment, The Shubert Organization, Cynthia Stroum, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Gwen Arment/Molly Morris & Terry McNicholas, Maureen & Joel Benoliel/Marjorie & Ron Danz, Pamela Cooper/Corey Brunish, Demos Bizar/Square 1 Theatrics, Joshua Goodman/Lauren Stevens, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Judith Ann Abrams Productions, Bill & Linda Potter/Rosemary & Kenneth Willman, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre

 

Dear Evan Hansen

Producers: Stacey Mindich, Mickey Liddell, Hunter Arnold, Caiola Productions, Double Gemini Productions, Fakston Productions, Roy Furman, Harris Karma Productions, On Your Marks Group, Darren Bagert, Roger & William Berlind, Bob Boyett, Colin Callender, Caitlin Clements, Freddy DeMann, Dante Di Loreto, Bonnie & Kenneth Feld, FickStern Productions, Eric & Marsi Gardiner, Robert Greenblatt, Jere Harris and Darren DeVerna, The John Gore Organization, Mike Kriak, Arielle Tepper Madover, David Mirvish, Eva Price, Zeilinger Productions, Adam Zotovich, Ambassador Theatre Group, Independent Presenters Network, The Shubert Organization, Wendy Orshan, Jeffrey M. Wilson, Arena Stage, Molly Smith, Edgar Dobie, Second Stage Theatre, Carole Rothman, Casey Reitz

 

Groundhog Day The Musical

Producers: Whistle Pig, Columbia Live Stage, The Dodgers, Michael Watt, The Araca Group, Len Blavatnik, Burnt Umber Productions, Michael Coppel, Ken Davenport, Stephen Found, Greenleaf Productions, David Harris, Independent Presenters Network, The John Gore Organization, Stephanie P. McClelland, Just for Laughs Theatricals/Glass Half Full Productions, Marion Alden Badway, Marriner Group, Tommy Mottola, Nederlander Presentations Inc, Daryl Roth, Sonia Friedman Productions, Theater Mogul, Tulbart, David Walsh, Tony & Maureen Wheeler, Jujamcyn Theaters

 

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Producers: Howard and Janet Kagan, Paula Marie Black, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Jenny Steingart and Jason Eagan, Mary Lu Roffe and Susan Gallin, Diana DiMenna, Mary Maggio/Sharon Azrieli/Robin Gorman, Darren Sussman/Roman Gambourg/Lev Gelfer, Tom Smedes, John Logan, Lisa Matlin, Margie and Bryan Weingarten, Daveed Frazier, Argyle Productions/Jim Kierstead, In Fine Company/Hipzee, Gutterman & Caiola/Backdrop Partners, Siderow Kirchman Productions/SunnySpot Productions, Gordon/Meli Theatricals, Rodger Hess/Larry Toppall, Daniel Rakowski/Matt Ross/Ben Feldman, Mike Karns, The American Repertory Theater, Ars Nova


Best Book of a Musical

Come From Away

Irene Sankoff and David Hein

Dear Evan Hansen

Steven Levenson

Groundhog Day The Musical

Danny Rubin

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Dave Malloy

 

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Come From Away

Music & Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein

Dear Evan Hansen

Music & Lyrics: Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Groundhog Day The Musical

Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Music & Lyrics: Dave Malloy


Best Revival of a Play

August Wilson’s Jitney

Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove, Eric Falkenstein, Ron Simons, John Legend/Mike Jackson, Ken Wirth

Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes

Producers: Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow, Barry Grove

Present Laughter

Producers: Jordan Roth, Jujamcyn Theaters, Spencer Ross, Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, AC Orange Entertainment Ltd., Grove Entertainment, Stephanie P. McClelland, Eric Falkenstein, Harbor Entertainment, Joe Everett Michaels/Robert F. Ryan, Daryl Roth

Six Degrees of Separation

Producers: Stuart Thompson, Louise L. Gund, Tim Levy, John Breglio, Scott M. Delman, Tulchin Bartner Productions, Frank De La Vega, Jane Bergère, John Gore, Gregory Holt, The Lowy Salpeter Company, Laruffa Hysell Group


Best Revival of a Musical

Falsettos

Producers: Lincoln Center Theater, André Bishop, Adam Siegel, Hattie K. Jutagir, Jujamcyn Theaters

 

Hello, Dolly!

Producers: Scott Rudin, Roy Furman, James L. Nederlander, Eli Bush, Universal Stage Productions, Roger Berlind, William Berlind, Heni Koenigsberg, Terry Allen Kramer, Seth A. Goldstein, The John Gore Organization, Daryl Roth, The Araca Group, Len Blavatnik, Eric Falkenstein, Ruth Hendel, Independent Presenters Network, Peter May, Jay Alix & Una Jackman, Jane Bergère, Scott M. Delman, Wendy Federman, Stephanie P. McClelland, Anita Waxman, Al Nocciolino, Spring Sirkin, Barbara Freitag, John Mara, Jr. & Benjamin Simpson, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, John Johnson

 

Miss Saigon

Producers: Cameron Mackintosh

 

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Denis Arndt, Heisenberg
Chris Cooper, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Corey Hawkins, Six Degrees of Separation
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter
Jefferson Mays, Oslo


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Cate Blanchett, The Present
Jennifer Ehle, Oslo
Sally Field, The Glass Menagerie
Laura Linney, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Laurie Metcalf, A Doll’s House, Part 2


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Christian Borle, Falsettos
Josh Groban, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Andy Karl, Groundhog Day The Musical
David Hyde Pierce, Hello, Dolly!
Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Denée Benton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Christine Ebersole, War Paint
Patti LuPone, War Paint
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!
Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon


Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Michael Aronov, Oslo
Danny DeVito, Arthur Miller’s The Price
Nathan Lane, The Front Page
Richard Thomas, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
John Douglas Thompson, August Wilson’s Jitney


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Johanna Day, Sweat
Jayne Houdyshell, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Cynthia Nixon, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Condola Rashad, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Michelle Wilson, Sweat

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!
Mike Faist, Dear Evan Hansen
Andrew Rannells, Falsettos
Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Brandon Uranowitz, Falsettos


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Kate Baldwin, Hello, Dolly!
Stephanie J. Block, Falsettos
Jenn Colella, Come From Away
Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen
Mary Beth Peil, Anastasia


Best Scenic Design of a Play

David Gallo, August Wilson’s Jitney
Nigel Hook, The Play That Goes Wrong
Douglas W. Schmidt, The Front Page
Michael Yeargan, Oslo


Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Rob Howell, Groundhog Day The Musical
David Korins, War Paint
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!


Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Susan Hilferty, Present Laughter
Toni-Leslie James, August Wilson’s Jitney
David Zinn, A Doll’s House, Part 2


Best Costume Design of a Musical

Linda Cho, Anastasia
Santo Loquasto, Hello, Dolly!
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Catherine Zuber, War Paint


Best Lighting Design of a Play

Christopher Akerlind, Indecent
Jane Cox, August Wilson’s Jitney
Donald Holder, Oslo
Jennifer Tipton, A Doll’s House, Part 2

 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley, Come From Away
Natasha Katz, Hello, Dolly!
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Japhy Weideman, Dear Evan Hansen


Best Direction of a Play

Sam Gold, A Doll’s House, Part 2
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, August Wilson’s Jitney
Bartlett Sher, Oslo
Daniel Sullivan, Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent


Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Michael Greif, Dear Evan Hansen
Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day The Musical
Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly!


Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler, Bandstand
Peter Darling and Ellen Kane, Groundhog Day The Musical
Kelly Devine, Come From Away
Denis Jones, Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical
Sam Pinkleton, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812


Best Orchestrations

Bill Elliott and Greg Anthony Rassen, Bandstand
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!
Alex Lacamoire, Dear Evan Hansen
Dave Malloy, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

  

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre

James Earl Jones

 

Special Tony Award

Gareth Fry & Pete Malkin, Sound Designers for The Encounter

 

Regional Theatre Tony Award

Dallas Theater Center

Dallas, TX

 

Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award

Baayork Lee

 

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre

Nina Lannan

Alan Wasser

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