Introducing a new place where the “cool” people (aka theater people) hang out.

Quick story from my early awkward days . . . 

When I was in college at Tisch, I , like every other student at NYU, tried to get into nightclubs on the weekend.

And for some reason, the fancy door people, with their super chic outfits, always turned me away. In hindsight, it might have something to do with my khaki pants from The Gap, white shirt from The Gap and blue blazer . . . from JC Penney.

I did get into one. Once. One of the ladies from my acting class at Strasberg took pity on me, and escorted me past the velvet rope on her arm. (You know who you are, and I’m still thankful.)

When I got inside, well, things got worse. All that I wanted to do was talk about theater! And apparently, that’s not what most people do at nightclubs.  

Ever since, I have longed for a place where I could mingle with other people who loved theater as much as I did.  A place with no dress code. No cover charge. Just passionate theater people who wanted to make theater . . . and took steps to do that.  

So we made one!

It’s online (duh), so you can even go to this “club” in your PJs. In fact, it’s on Facebook, so you already know the address.

That’s right, we created the ultimate TheaterMakers Facebook Group! And we seeded it with a ton of our friends! There are already 700 other producers, writers, directors, actors and more mingling right now!  (When you join, it’ll be like going to a nightclub that’s already “hoppin'”!)

So if you’re looking for a place where YOU belong and you want to meet other people just like you, click here.

Enjoy it. I happen to think it’s the coolest club on the planet. And who knows? You might meet someone who wants to go on your theatermaking journey with you. 

Join the free TheTheaterMakers Facebook Group here!

But . . . what about Broadway?

I’ll be honest.

In my 30 years (!) living in New York City, I’ve never watched a Mayoral debate.

But with all that’s riding on the next Mayor of NYC, you can bet your A-train that I tuned into last week’s debate between the leading candidates: Eric Adams, Andrew Yang, Scott Stringer, Dianne Morales, Kathryn Garcia, Maya Wiley, Ray McGuire and Shaun Donovan.

While a great many good ideas where shared, there was one moment gave me a big ol’ sad face.  And the NY Times even commented on it.

When asked about what cultural event the candidates wanted to attend, not ONE mentioned Broadway, Off Broadway, or the theater in general.  Shocking, isn’t it? The theater provides so much for this city, in dollars, in tourists . . . and yet our Mayors never seem to want to go to the theater!

I mean, candidates, you DO know that Broadway’s attendance is more than all 10 of NYC’s professional sports teams . . . COMBINED!!!

And do we get Mayors at our opening nights?  Closing nights?  Or any nights?

So, to the candidates, if you want the votes of the Broadway community, perhaps you should engage with the Broadway community . . . and see a show.

I’ll buy the ticket.

Podcast Episode #233: 8 Shows A Week on Broadway

ESTIMATED LISTENING TIME OF THIS PODCAST EPISODE:  12 Minutes

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DESCRIPTION:

Ever wonder where the “8 Shows A Week” model came from?

I’ll tell you on this week’s episode, and I’ll also talk about how this fall, when Broadway returns, several shows may NOT perform 8 times a week.

Yep, Broadway may use the strategy that helped save Off-Broadway years ago . . . and pro-rate.

But will the unions allow it?  Listen in to hear more.

 

AFTER YOU LISTEN:

My mission is to get more people talking about the theater.  The more people talking about it, the more people who want to make it, perform it, support it, etc.  And that’s how theater not only survives, but thrives.

The biggest compliment you can give me is by sharing this podcast.

I thank you and the theater thanks you!

 

RECENT EPISODES:

May 14, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

From even more Broadway reopening dates and why Broadway is waiting to reopen until the fall to Indie Venues finally receiving their “Save our Stages” money and more . . . here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked will return to Broadway on Sept. 14

Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked are all set to return to Broadway this Fall! The “Big Three” were long-rumored to reopen the industry due to their popularity.

Read more: broadwaynews.com 

 

2 – EXPLAINER: Why Broadway is waiting until fall to reopen

The four-month long wait is explained. Producers and union leaders must reach agreements on all issues before shows open while also gauging their audiences back.

Read more: apnews.com

 

3- SBA Expects ‘Save Our Stages’ Money to Finally Reach Indie Venues Next Week.

Indie venues have been struggling to keep afloat since the pandemic began more than 14 months ago. They have received no aid thus far, news states the payments will begin starting next week.

Read more: variety.com 

 

4 – Hollywood Bowl reserves 85% of seats for vaccinated guests. Everything you need to know.

Want a seat at this year’s Hollywood Bowl? Get vaccinated! The remainder of the tickets will be reserved for those showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of a given performance and masks will be required for all patrons.

Read more: latimes.com

 

5 – Cut the intermission, please. Why I hope the pandemic ends a theatrical tradition.

It’s hard to believe after the lockdown, people will want to maximize their time indoors. Will this pose an issue on the theatrical tradition of a 10-15 minute intermission? Or will intermission be of that of the past, moving towards uninterrupted performances?

Read more: latimes.com 

 

Fun on a Friday:

If you’ve been following the Bridgerton Musical trend on TikTok, you may have seen this new cover with Darren Criss (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying).

@abigailbarlowwwSurprise!! @darrencriss  is on tiktok and we burn for him. #bridgertonmusical @emilythebear♬ original sound – Abigail Barlow

 

 

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For Producers Only. (Quick favor needed.)

This one is for Producers. Only.

Whether you’re a Producer (or want to be) of other people’s work.

Or whether you’re a Producer (or want to be) of your own work.

This one is for you.

If you are not a Producer or never, ever, want to be, you can stop reading now.

Ok? Just us Producers now? Good.

See, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Producing Theater lately. Yep, even more than usual. That means, I’m not doing much of anything else these days!

I started this blog 14 freakin’ years ago with the goal of helping people produce shows (whether their own or other people’s). And now, we’re at such a pivotal point in the history of producing, with so many questions floating around out there, I am going back to those roots. But with a new producer’s perspective, if you will.

Here’s where you come in.

I have an idea on how I can help break down what I believe is the best way to produce theatre in the 21st century and beyond. But before I put it together, I wanted to ask you just TWO questions so I can make sure I’m providing you, Producers, the answers you are looking for.

So, if you are a Producer, or want to be a Producer, click here to answer those two questions.

If you are not a Producer or don’t want to be a Producer, DO NOT click.

Oh, and if you know someone who is a Producer or wants to be, please forward this along to them. The more data I compile, the better the results will be. The better the results, the better the theater.

Click here. 2 questions. 2 minutes. Tops.

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