The Producer’s Perspective LIVE! Episode 7: Pam MacKinnon

Last night we had our second “Stephen” of the week on the ol’ Livestream, when Stephen Flaherty joined us from . . . another country!  (You’ll have to watch the replay here to find out exactly where the Tony Award-winner is hunkered down.)

In addition to revealing where his musical theater bunker is, Stephen also talked about . . .

  • His new musical, Knoxville, and what it was like to be so close to its world premiere only to have it scuttled . . . and how he stays positive about it.
  • How his “next show” is always influenced by his last show.
  • The “magic” of composition and how melodies come to him.

Tonight, our first Director on the Livestream!

Join me tonight when I stream with award-winning Broadway Director, Pam McKinnon (Amélie, The Parisian Woman) and the still-new-to-her-post, Artistic Director of The American Conservatory Theater in San Fran!

She’s going to tell us not only how she keeps her creative juices flowing, but how she keeps her THEATER going during this crisis (I hear they are doing some streaming of their own!).

Pam and I will be LIVE tonight on my Facebook page at 8 PM EDT! (Click here to get an e-reminder!).

(Don’t have Facebook? You can watch the livestream through the Broadway Podcast Network which is streaming it through their Youtube channel.)

See you tonight at 8 pm EDT (7 pm CDT/6 pm MDT/5 pm PDT).

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This series continues EVERY NIGHT through shutdown. Tomorrow, I’ll be sitting down with Steven Sater, the Tony Award winning book writer of Spring Awakening! To see the full line-up for the next few weeks, visit www.theproducersperspective.com/LIVE.

The Producer’s Perspective LIVE! Episode 6: Stephen Flaherty

Hi all!  Happy . . . er, ah, what day is it?  Does anyone know?

I may have lost track with what day it is, but I do know that tonight at 8 PM EDT is Episode #6 of our Producer’s Perspective LIVE series, with none other than Tony Award winning Composer, Mr. Stephen Flaherty!

But first, a big thank you to PR Superstar Rick Miramontez who joined us last night and filled us in on . . .

  • His insight into what’s going to happen when Broadway’s curtain goes back up.
  • What his favorite Broadway “stunt” was . . .
  • How he came up with the PR Strategy for Spiderman and what Conan O’Brien has to do with it.

And lots more.

To watch the replay, click here.

And tune in tonight to catch me and Stephen Flaherty (Once on this Island, Ragtime, etc.) as we see what he’s working on during the shutdown.

You can find Stephen and me LIVE tonight on my Facebook page at 8 PM EDT! (Click here to get an e-reminder!).

(Oh, and you can also watch it through the Broadway Podcast Network which is streaming the livestream through their Youtube channel.)

See you tonight at 8 pm EDT (7 pm CDT/6 pm MDT/5 pm PDT).

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This series continues EVERY NIGHT through the shutdown.  Tomorrow we’ve got Director Pam McKinnon!  To see the full line-up for the next few weeks, visit www.theproducersperspective.com/LIVE.

[VIDEO]: 2019 Super Conference – “Welcome to the 2019 Super Conference” with Ken Davenport

When we started releasing our Super Conference videos on Tuesday, we started at the end, with Stephanie J. Block firing us all up to get out there and do things we’re afraid to do . . . because it leads to the kind of success she has had.

Today, I’m giving you my kickoff to the event.  Every year, I bang the gavel to get the proceedings underway, and give you my “state of the state” of theater, which includes some analysis of where we are, and where I think we’re going.

And last year’s “Welcome” included some data I dug up that I think all you writers out there will find very comforting.  (And FYI, I’ve already started working on my “Welcome” for this year’s conference, because it’s going to be quite a celebration.)

So enjoy my “Welcome,” and hear why I think the power in the Theater is going BACK to people just like you.

(And stay tuned for our next Super Conference video . . .  Ashley Chang, Jenna Clark Embrey, Jack Phillips Moore, and Jill Rafson in a panel on “What Dramaturgs Do and Why/When You Need One.” Subscribe here to get it emailed to you.)

 

Don’t forget to tune in our new Facebook LIVE series, The Producer’s Perspective LIVE!, every night at 8pm EDT.  Tonight’s guest is press director Rick Miramontez! Saturday’s guest is composer Stephen Flaherty, and Sunday will be director Pam MacKinnon!  Click here for the full schedule and to tune in!

[VIDEO]: 2019 Super Conference – “Budgeting for Every Stage of Development” with Adam Hess, Brian Moreland, Margaret Skoglund, and Charlotte Wilcox

Budgets are the foundation of every business, especially Broadway.  Our economics are so fragile that if you eff up your budget, your show could close faster than it should, no matter how good it is.

That’s why we produced a panel on “Budgeting Best Practices” our SuperConference with a powerhouse group of Broadway General Managers who discussed . . .

  • The difference between a Capitalization budget and an Operating budget
  • What the biggest “line items” on a Broadway budget are and how to keep them in line.
  • Why the typical recoupment time is for a Broadway show in modern times (and what you should shoot for)
  • The process for how profit and royalties are calculated and distributed.
  • And more. 

Watching this video will save your show money.  Period.

Enjoy!

(And stay tuned for a new video every single day, right here in this space.  Tomorrow, my official welcome presentation to the Super Conference 2019 which includes my analysis of the trends of the types of shows that Broadway wants right now.  Click here to get these daily videos emailed to you.)

Don’t forget to tune in our new Facebook LIVE series, The Producer’s Perspective LIVE!, every night at 8pm EDT.  Tonight’s guest is Broadway Star Alex Brightman!  Click here for the full schedule and to tune in!

[VIDEO]: 2019 Super Conference – “Diversity in the Arts” with Arvind Ethan David, Aisha Jackson, Douglas Lyons, and Melvin Tunstall III

One of the things about this year’s Super Conference that put a smile on my face was that our Diversity panel was the most highly attended. 

To see people standing on the stairs without an open seat in the house got me excited for our future.  Because, as our panelists in the video will tell you (Arvind Ethan David, Aisha Jackson, Douglas Lyons, and Melvin Tunstall III), we’re making some progress, but we’ve got a long way to go to increase the level of diversity in our industry.  

What can we do to get more TheaterMakers of color represented?  What can we do to increase gender parity?  What can we do to increase opportunities for TheaterMakers with disabilities?

You’ll hear specific action items and takeaways for all of these questions and more in this video.

Enjoy.

(And stay tuned for a new video every single day, right here in this space.  Tomorrow, Broadway General Managers Adam Hess, Margaret Skoglund, Charlotte Wilcox, and Broadway Producer Brian Moreland will give you tips on budgeting on their panel, Budgeting For Every Stage of Development. Subscribe here to get it emailed to you.)

Don’t forget to tune in our new Facebook LIVE series, The Producer’s Perspective LIVE!, every night at 8pm EDT.  Tonight’s guest is Broadway Star Sierra Boggess!  Click here for the full schedule and to tune in!

Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

I'm on a mission to help 5000 shows get produced by 2025.

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