Tonight on the Livestream: Tony Award and Grammy Award winner Anaïs Mitchell (Hadestown)

Not every singer-songwriter can write a musical.  As I was quoted when Spider-Man was flying around these parts, “It’s one thing to write a 3-minute song.  It’s another to write a 3-hour musical.”

You know what singer-songwriter CAN write a musical?

Anaïs Mitchell.

Actually, I take that back. She can’t write a musical.  She can write a great effin’ musical.

A musical so great, it helped get her named to Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in the WORLD for 2020!

The musical I rave about is, of course, Hadestown, and tonight, she’s joining me on my livestream to talk about its 12-year journey to Broadway from its humble community theater beginnings.  (I mean, she’s the “Rocky” of Broadway, for goodness sake!”)

And we’ll find out how she’s keeping creative during this pandemic, and whether or not she’s got another musical up her guitar.

Join me tonight!   And before you do, head over to your favorite virtual bookstore and pick up her new book, Working on a Song, The Lyrics of Hadestown . . . already a best seller on Amazon.com!

You can join me and Anaïs TONIGHT, Tuesday, October 6th at 8 PM ET LIVE on my Facebook, on my Twitter, or on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube Channel!

Set a reminder here!
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You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT).

To learn more about our guests and to support The Actors Fund, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Tonight on the Livestream: The Tony Award Winning Lea Salonga

I remember watching Lea Salonga shred the stage as the star of Miss Saigon in 1991, when I was 18 years old. I had never seen a performance like that.  I was blown away.

And then I realized, she was only 18 too.  And, well . . . is there a phrase for doubly-blown away?

Lea has been performing professionally since she was a wee one in the Philippines, and she has continued to have one of the most successful careers in all of the theater since her Tony Award-winning days as Kim in Saigon.

And that is what defines a true success.  Many actors can find one role that they can do better than others.  But few actors can find a decades long career in this business, as they change, adapt, and excel time after time with role after different role.

On my livestream, TONIGHT AT 8, Lea and I talked about all the different roles she has played, from Kim to Erzulie in my Once to this Island, to Mrs. Lovett and Eponine, to Helen in Fun Home.

Oh, and she admits to . . . playing video games.

Listen in to hear her story, her tips on acting, getting through this pandemic . . . and even how to beat Final Fantasy.

You can join me and Lea TONIGHT, Tuesday, September 28th at 8 PM ET LIVE on my Facebook, on my Twitter, or on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube Channel!

Set a reminder here!
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You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT).

Next week . . .

I’ll give you a hint: she has a book launching the same day as our live chat!

To learn more about our guests and to support The Actors Fund, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Tonight on the Livestream: The Tony Nominated Will Swenson (Hair, Les Miz and more)

“What about Will Swenson?”

These are the words I’ve heard spoken at just about every single casting meeting I’ve been to, when you’re looking for a leading man that can do . . . well . . . anything.  He can play the good guy (Hair).  He can play the bad guy (Les Miz).  He can make you laugh (Disaster).

He’s also just a terrific guy that you want in your rehearsal room.

The next thing that’s said at these casting meetings by the Casing Director is, “He’s not available.”  Cuz the guy is always working, whether that’s on stage or on film or on the small screen.

So, when we were coming up with great guest ideas for you for my livestream, I said, “What about Will Swenson?”

And guess what?  He was available!  🙂

You can join me and Will TONIGHT, Tuesday, September 22nd at 8 PM ET LIVE on my Facebook, on my Twitter, or on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube Channel and find out what he’s been up to this pandemic, the two readings we recently did together, and MORE.

Set a reminder here!
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You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT).

Next week . . . Lea Salonga (Once On This Island, Les Miserable, Miss Saigon)!

To learn more about our guests and to support The Actors Fund, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Tonight on the Livestream: The Olivier (and More) Award winning Author of The Inheritance, Matthew Lopez

Let’s just cut straight to it:

My guest on tonight’s livestream wrote a play called “The best American play of the century.”

That’s right, Matthew sat down to write “The Great American Play,” and actually did it.

If that isn’t enough to get you to tune in, well, I don’t know what else I can say.

Except that The Inheritance won the Olivier Award, the Drama Desk, Evening Standard, Outer Critics and just about every other award out there for plays. Except for The Tony, that is . . . and that’s only because the Tonys never happened! (But they will soon enough and guess who is a favorite?)

Tonight we’re going to find out how this rollercoaster of a year has affected Matthew Lopez, what he’s working on next, and what advice he has to emerging writers who have ideas for 8-hour, 2-part dramas.

You can watch TONIGHT, Tuesday, September 14th at 8 PM ET on my Facebook, on my Twitter, or on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube Channel.

Set a reminder here!
And next week, it’s Will Swenson (Waitress, Les Miserables, Hair)!

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You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT).

To learn more about our guests and to support The Actors Fund, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Tonight on the Livestream: The Choreographer of Moulin Rouge and More, Sonya Tayeh

Tell me if you’ve been here before . . .

You’re watching a show (ok, ok, I know it’s been a while, but think back) . . . and while you’re watching you become so amazed at what you’re seeing that you just can’t wait until the number is over so you can flip pages through your Playbill to find out just who is responsible for what you just saw.

That was me. During Moulin Rouge. Watching the bursting-off-the-stage choreography.

The answer to my question (“Who the @#$% choreographed this awesomeness”) was of course, Sonya Tayeh.

The next question I asked after reading her ridiculously long bio was, “Where have I been hiding that I didn’t know this person before?”

I’m making up for that now as Sonya will be appearing on my livestream tonight!

Dance is one of the elements of musical theater I know the least about so I’m excited to learn from Sonya . . . and to see what she’s been up to since Corona came to town.

Join me and her and a very special “Something To Make You Smile!”

Here’s how:

You can watch on my Facebook, on my Twitter, on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube Channel, and on Broadway on Demand.

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You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT).

To learn more about our guests and to support The Actors Fund, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

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