Podcast Episode 145 – Powerhouse Literary Agent to the Stars, Jonathan Lomma

There was a time when I thought about being an agent.  I interviewed with the big three-lettered agencies and was even offered a couple of gigs.  But I didn’t take them.

Because I didn’t have the stamina to sit behind one of those desks for 5+ years before I could agent myself.

You know who did have that stamina and guts?  Today’s guest, Mr. Jonathan Lomma.

Jonathan heard about agenting early on, and whether he knew it or not, he put himself on a path, which he fulfilled, of representing legends like Terrence McNally, Arthur Laurents, and Edward Albee.

We talked about what it was like working with such major writers like the triple-play above, as well as:

  • What made him go to law school even though he was a child actor.
  • Jonathan’s theory of how musicals changed after 2001.
  • How an emerging writer gets on his radar.
  • His favorite quote about working closely with people on the “other side” of the table.
  • And more.

Within five seconds of meeting Jonathan, you just know that he found his calling.  Being an agent is exactly what he is supposed to do.

And after five seconds of listening to this podcast, you’ll realize that Jonathan isn’t just an agent for his clients.  He’s an agent for the theater.  And we’re lucky to have him as an advocate.

Enjoy!

Click here for the link to my podcast with Jonathan!

Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review, while you’re there!)

Download it here.

 

Broadway Grosses w/e 1/7/2018: Neither snow nor rain nor bitter cold!

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending January 7, 2018.
The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League
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Podcast Episode 144 – Tony Award Winning Director, Pam MacKinnon

Here’s a statistical truth bomb for you: women direct only about 17% of the shows on Broadway.

How do I know that?  Pam MacKinnon has been keeping track.

Pam is already one of the few female A-list directors that make up that unbalanced percentage, having directed as many shows on Broadway as any woman out there (only Stroman has her beat).  But that doesn’t mean she’s not determined to help others get to where she is today.

During our podcast, we talked about what we can all do to even the playing stage, as well as . . .

  • How she went from pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science to a career in directing.
  • Why a Director often has to act like a Producer (hear the story of how she had to negotiate Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf into existence).
  • Why Broadway shows not slated for Broadway that end up there have an advantage.
  • How she developed her own style, which is different than everyone else’s and why yours should be different too.
  • Her method for approaching classic material and making it her own.

Pam MacKinnon was one of the few Directors that the esteemed Edward Albee trusted to direct his work (he wouldn’t let Steppenwolf do any of his plays until Pam took the reins of one).  It’s pretty easy to hear why he handed her his treasures when you listen to this podcast.

Enjoy.

Click here for the link to my podcast with Pam!

Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review, while you’re there!)

Download it here.

 

Broadway Grosses w/e 12/31/2017: Oh, if only they were all like this!

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending December 31, 2017.
The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League
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Broadway Grosses w/e 12/24/2017: Christmas Comes Early.

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending December 24, 2017.
The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League
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