THIS WEEK ON THE LIVESTREAM: Lynn Ahrens, Kelly Devine, Adrian Bryan-Brown and more!

We had a week of big laughs on last week’s Livestream, and not just because I can’t seem to get through an episode without screwing something up.  🙂

If you missed any of the industry experts we had on the show, or just want to see my ‘live bloopers’, here are a few replays from last week to catch up on!

  • Mara Isaacs talked about her company Theater For One and how it’s perfect for Social Distancing for theatre.
  • Jamil Jude shared his insight to how regional theaters will bounce back stronger than ever.
  • Michael Greif talked about his relationship with writers Pasek & Paul and Jonathan Larson and how the piece develops when you have great collaborators.
  • The Daddy Long Legs Reunion brought together the entire team for the first in nearly five years and we chatted about fond memories, how the show came together, and what important prop is living in Megan and Adam’s apartment.
  • Des McAnuff shared his insight on

You can see all of the 50+ episodes here.

AND HERE IS WHO IS ON THE LIVE STREAM THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, May 26th – Lynn Ahrens (Composer – Ragtime, Once On This Island, Anastasia)

Wednesday, May 27th – Lisa Kron (Playwright/Bookwriter – Fun Home) with Special Guests Daddy-Daughter YouTube Singing Sensations Mat and Savanna Shaw.

Thursday, May 28th – Kelly Devine (Choreographer – Diana, Come From Away, Rocky)

Friday, May 29th – Adrian Bryan-Brown (President – Boneau/Bryan-Brown: Broadway Theatre Public Relations).

We are going LIVE every night at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT). Follow me on Facebook to get notified as soon as we hit the “GO LIVE” button.

Don’t have Facebook? You can also watch the livestream on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube channel.

To see who’s coming up next, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Forget Broadway shows, what about Broadway readings, workshops, and more?

Over the last several months (!), the #1 question for the professionals working on Broadway and the avid fans of the best spectator art on the planet has been . . . “When can we see a show in a theater again?”

But there is another important question to be asked and it isn’t about what will be on Broadway when the lights go back on . . . rather what might fill Broadway theaters in the months and years after!

The best business people I know don’t focus only on what’s happening today . . . but they think about what is going to happen tomorrow.  That’s their job.  This is why stocks of companies that are losing millions of dollars can have exceptionally high values, because investors are betting on what WILL happen, not what is going to happen.

That’s why a company or industry’s health isn’t only measured on what product is being “produced” today (whether that’s diapers, drugs, or Broadway musicals), but what new product(s) are in the pipeline.

Broadway has had a pipeline so full over the last few years that it has been clogged with product.  I heard a rumor that before this whole corona-bologna happened, there were more than 30 (!) plays and musicals looking for a theater on Broadway this spring alone!

Will there be the same log jam now?  Will more theaters be available?

And if there are . . . my question is . . . will there be new plays and musicals ready to fill them?

See, Broadway shows aren’t the only things that are shut down.  So are readings, workshops, labs, and all the development work that goes into the creation of a new piece of theater.  I had four musicals that were set to debut in the next 18 months in February.  I still have four musicals set to debut . . . but they’ve all been pushed back. Not only because we can’t produce theater right now . . . but also because we can’t develop theater.

So the question so many Producers have been asking is . . . where will readings and workshops fit in the phased-reopening of New York City?

I keep thinking that a rehearsal of a reasonably sized musical would be similar to a medium-sized office reopening.  So will we be able to come back when mid-sized companies do?  Then again, there’s often singing involved in our readings.  And also . . . what if we wanted to bring in an audience?  That seems like a no-no.  I guess we could socially distance a reading.  Or work with smaller cast sizes (just work with principals, etc.).

Zoom readings and online development work can only go so far in a medium like the theater.  So while we certainly can’t commence this work tomorrow, I’m hoping that development can find a safe way to come back before our productions do.

Otherwise, we might have an empty pipeline . . . which would mean empty theaters.

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Want to hear about what’s in our pipeline?  Click here to learn about the shows we’re developing.

P.S. And if you’re looking to hear directly from people in our industry share what they’re doing to keep creating during this time, tune into my Facebook page every night at 8pm EDT. Tonight, I’m going LIVE with Tony Award-winning Director, Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Ain’t Too Proud).

 

 

Tonight on the Livestream: Tony Award-winning Director, Des McAnuff

Big thanks to everyone who tuned into our Daddy Long Legs Reunion last night. It was wonderful to see John Caird, Paul Gordon, Michael Jackowitz, Megan McGinnis, Paul Alexander Nolan, and Adam Halpin together in one space after all these years.

If you missed this special livestream benefiting The Actors Fund, make sure you check out the replay available on my Facebook page, my Twitter, Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube, and on Broadway On Demand. You’ll hear everyone’s favorite memories, the reason behind a cut song, and what prop Megan has in her NY apartment…!

And don’t forget, you can go back and replay all your favorite episodes here!

And tonight, we’re celebrating the end of Week 9 with none other than Tony Award-winning Director, Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, Ain’t Too Proud, The Who’s Tommy).

Tune at 8pm EDT tonight . . . click here to set your e-reminder.

To see the full line-up of guests for the next few weeks visit www.theproducersperspective.com/LIVE.

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(If any of you are interested in streaming your concert, workshop, reading . . . or even starting your own livestream series, I highly recommend the platform we’ve been using – StreamYard.  Click here to check them out.)

[REMINDER] Daddy Long Legs reunites TONIGHT at 8 PM!

Hey all!

Don’t forget – we’ve scheduled a very special livestream event for all of you tonight!

The company of my Off-Broadway production of Daddy Long Legs will be reuniting tonight!

Don’t know Daddy Long Legs?  Well, dang it, you should, because it’s one of the sweetest shows I’ve ever seen, never mind produced . . . and it just so happened to be the very first show to EVER be livestreamed!  That’s right, it was a little glimpse at the future when we livestreamed it to 135 countries and 155k people in 2015 (!).  You can learn more about that here.

So we thought it was only appropriate to bring back the cast and creative team to see what they’re up to, and what they thought about livestreaming back then . . . and what they think now!

Look who’s gonna be here:

Megan McGinnis (Jerusha Abbott), Adam Halpin (Jervis Pendleton), Paul Alexander Nolan (Jervis Pendleton), John Caird (Book & Director), Paul Gordon (Music & Lyrics), and Michael Jackowitz (Producer).

Bring your questions and get ready to hear about everyone’s favorite memories from the show (and maybe a few behind-the-scenes memories from the 2015 broadcast).

To tune in, click the link here. We are going LIVE at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT) but you can set your reminder NOW to be alerted as soon as we go LIVE.

Make an event of this livestream with your friends and family . . . invite them to enjoy in the #DaddyLongLegsReunion and share the link with them!

We’re also raising money for The Actors Fund. If you can share a few bucks, we’d love for you to donate to this organization. If not, please help us in raising awareness.

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Never saw Daddy?  Or want a reminder?  See it free with a trial on BroadwayHD (use code: DLLBHD) or stream the recording here!

Why The Grease Sing-along Instead Of The Tony Awards.

Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of chatter about what CBS might air on Tony Sunday instead of the actual, aborted, Tonys.

I heard about Best Ofs, Tributes, and a whole host of other ideas (including some with some pretty big celebrity hosts).

And at the end of the play, CBS chose Grease.

Ok, ok, I’m not giving them full credit.

They chose a Grease sing-along.

A wop baba loo bop a wop BS.

This was a hard one for us Broadway avids to take.   The Tonys is our Super Bowl, our Masters, our Christmas, and Hannukah rolled into one for some!

And now that night will consist of four chords and three jokes.

Now listen – I actually love me some Grease.  Those four chords and three jokes are some of the most brilliant around when you calculate how many people this show/movie/classic has kept smiling over the past 50+ years (not to mention how much money it has made).

So, I apologize for knocking it.  It’s just I love the Tonys that much.

What happened to all those other ideas?  The Best Ofs and so on?

What happened is what usually happened . . . someone added up the cost of a revised “Tonys” (as well as the time and logistics involved in making it) and compared it to the cost of showing Grease.  Guess what won?

See, it’s not so easy to just pull old Tony Awards footage out of a vault and show it . . . like you can pull an old movie out of a vault and show it.  The Tony Awards telecasts weren’t set up for replays.  And it’s just too expensive to do it.  So our sister-in-show-biz, the movie industry, has a leg up on us here.

But hopefully, this will teach us that we need a mechanism in place for situations like this (as I wrote about here), and our lack of flexibility with what we can do with our content is causing us to lose the battle.

We’ll win the war.  Because nothing replaces live.

And in the meantime, on Sunday, June 7th, I’ll just watch Netflix instead.

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If you want something to stream, check out Daddy Long Legs on BroadwayHD.  You can get it for free for 30 days now with the code DLLBHD.

 

 

Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

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