Podcast Episode 8 – Hal Luftig

 

Yes, my blog and subsequent podcast is called The Producer’s Perspective.

And yes, as crazy as it sounds, I haven’t had a Broadway Producer on the podcast!

Until now!

And how fitting that our first Producer on the podcast is the first Producer I worked for as a Broadway Company Manager . . . none other than Hal Luftig, who has already been to the podium twice to collect Best Musical Tony Awards for Thoroughly Modern Millie (the one I worked on) and Kinky Boots (which I’m a Producer on).

But Hal has seen all sides of the business, having worked his way up from working in an Off Broadway Theater, and subsequently producing Off Broadway shows, until he started producing big Broadway ones.

And now he’s going to tell you all his secrets, including . . .

  • What he believes modern Producers need to know to succeed.
  • How Audra McDonald is helping him cross something off his bucket list.
  • The wise words his therapist of a husband has told him that keeps him going through the tough times.
  • The secret to campaigning for a Best Musical Tony Award.

You’re gonna learn a lot from this podcast . . . and if you’re like me, you’re also gonna be super inspired.

Enjoy Hal!  (And don’t forget to subscribe, because next week I speak to one of the most powerful people in the biz . . . a theater owner.  Which one?  Tune in to find out!)

Listen to it on iTunes here.  (And give me a rating, while you’re there!)

Download it here.

To read the transcript, click here.

Podcast Episode 7 – Todd Haimes

 

Everyone on the commercial side of the industry thinks the non-profits have it so easy.  They can take donations, stars will work for scale, and so on.  I had a feeling there was another side to this story, which is why for Episode #7, I went to the King of all Non-Profits, Mr. Todd Haimes, the Artistic Director of arguably one of the most powerful non-profit theaters in the world, the Roundabout Theatre Company.

How did the Roundabout become one of the most powerful non-profit theaters in the world?

Two words.

Todd Haimes.

It was under Todd’s leadership that the theater emerged from bankruptcy, acquired three (!) Broadway houses, and expanded its mission to produce classic musicals which eventually yielded productions like Cabaret with Alan Cumming.

So how did this all happen?  You’ll find out on this week’s podcast, where Todd tells me . . .

  • Why he’s an Artistic Director that doesn’t direct.
  • The three seminal moments that made Roundabout what it is today.
  • How Roundabout almost went bust . . . more than once, and how his gut turned it around.
  • Why never having a “master plan” was the best plan anyone could ever make.
  • Why he hates premium pricing.

After listening to this podcast, you’ll not only realize how challenging it is running a non-pro in this city, but you’ll also realize how lucky the Roundabout is . . . and how lucky the theater is . . . to have Todd in charge.

Click the link above to listen.

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Download it here.

Click here for the transcript.

Podcast Episode 6 – Michael Riedel

If you don’t know Michael Riedel and his twice weekly gossip column in the NY Post, well, you’re going to be hooked now.  Every Wednesday and Friday, the entire biz scoops up the Post just to read his scoopy column, where he breaks news, busts chops, and builds careers . . . all in a couple hundred words or less.

But there’s a lot about Michael that you may not know, which is why I sat down with the writer for Episode 6 of my podcast.  And over a 45 minute chat, Michael talked about:

  • Why he never wanted to be a reviewer.
  • What it was like having Arthur Miller work for him.
  • Where he gets his gossip.

And more!

Click the link above to listen,  listen to it on iTunes here (And give me a rating, while you’re there!), read the transcript here, or download it here.

Podcast Episode 5 – Drew Hodges

 

There aren’t too many people in the world that have worked on the advertising and marketing for more Broadway shows than Drew Hodges and his industry leader of a company, SpotCo.  Just look at their credits!

If you asked me what the one skill I think a modern day Producer should have, it’s marketing . . . which is why this podcast is a crucial one for you to listen to.  Listen to Drew talk about . .

  • His process for creating the art for a show.
  • What he thinks about research and focus groups.  Are they future?  Or should you forget about ’em.
  • How Producers should work with their agencies, and how they shouldn’t.

Are you ready for your magical marketing master class?

Listen on iTunes here.  (And give me a rating, while you’re there!)

Download it here.

Click here to read the transcript.

Podcast Episode 4 – Terrence McNally

 

Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally is celebrating his 50th year on Broadway, and you can bet he learned a lot of what to do and what not to do along the way.  And he shared some of that with me, so I can share it with you.  In addition, hear him talk about . . .

  • How he spent his first night in New York City (I’ll give you a hint – he saw a show)
  • The difference between writing a play and a musical
  • How new playwrights can get discovered

. . . and so many more pearls, he’d make an oyster jealous.

So listen in, my friends, whether you’re a writer or not, Terrence has a lot he can teach us all.

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Listen on iTunes.

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Read the transcript here.

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