July 2, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – Broadway is Officially Back! 

If you haven’t heard, Broadway is officially . . . finally . . . BACK! Springsteen on Broadway reopened at the St. James theater last weekend, welcoming fans back into live theater. Find more details and insider pictures from opening night below.

Read more: www.playbill.com 

 

2 – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Will Return to Broadway as One Show

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which was originally staged as a two part production, will return to Broadway this November as one singular performance. The restaged production will reopen at the Lyric Theater this November. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to have to take another trip to Hogwarts to see what the creative team has come up with for the show’s return! 

Read more: www.nytimes.com 

3 – Black Theatre United Plans to Present its Reforms to Broadway

Following the Commercial Theatre Summit this spring, Black Theatre United plans to offer its New Deal to Broadway. The deal, which will present both short and long term reforms to the industry, will further the program’s goals of ensuring an equitable future for Black individuals in theatre. Read more about the Summit and BTU below. 

Read more: www.playbill.com  

 

4 – A Welcome Return to Midtown

I know, I know, Times Square gets a bad rep. But, maybe surprisingly, it’s been one of the places many New Yorkers are so anxious to get back to. Read one NYC-er’s growing admiration for Midtown as the city begins to open back up.

Read more: www.nytimes.org/  

 

5 – Wicked Will Film in Atlanta, Thanks to Some Encouragement

It looks like the Wicked movie adaptation, directed by In The Heights’s Jon M. Chu, will be spending more than ‘one short day’ in Atlanta when production begins later this year. After considering pulling production out of Georgia due to new voting restrictions, composer Stephen Schwartz received a compelling call from Stacey Abrams asking the project to continue in the state. Read more below about how Wicked plans to continue production and support Georgians at the same time.

Read more: www.forbes.com  

 

Fun on a Friday: 

Watch the first peak at the new Cinderella movie, starring Camilla Cabello, Idina Mendzel, and Billy Porter as Cinderella’s Fab G! 

 

Watch the video here: 

 

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Podcast Episode #239: “What Do I Do Now As a Theater Graduate?”

ESTIMATED LISTENING TIME OF THIS EPISODE:  7 Minutes

 

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Thousands of theater students have graduated this year. 

I can’t imagine being a student right now, nevermind a theater student.

I recently had one of those students Facebook me asking “what the @#$% do I do now?”

And in this podcast episode, I answer that question. 

 

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What Movie Companies Did That Streaming Companies Should Do.

In the early 2000s, I talked my way into a meeting with one of the most powerful people in Hollywood.

It was my first, big “studio” meeting. And right on brand, the meeting started an hour after its scheduled start time.

We discussed the differences between the business models of theater and film. How Hollywood owned scripts instead of licensed them. How producers in Hollywood became hired guns after they proved themselves.  

And despite all that, how a Broadway show could make MORE money than a hit movie or even a hit franchise.

(Yep, it’s true. See here to read how Wicked will make more money than Jurassic Park or ET, and see here to read how The Lion King will make more than Star Wars.)

That’s why the next thing I said to this mogul was . . .

“You know, you should have a theater department at your studio. A team to comb through your catalogs for the best adaptions.  Develop some yourself.  Market some to others. There is more gold in your mine. You need a team to dig it out.”

(Yep, I’m sure I was angling for a job – since none of my shows had hit yet.)

“Nah.  That’s not what we do.  It’s still not big enough for us.”

Flash forward almost 20 years later . . . and that studio has a theater department.

As does EVERY other major Hollywood studio.

We’re at the same moment in entertainment history that we were those 20 years ago . . . except I’m not sitting down with big ol’ Hollywood studios this time.

I’m talking to the new, upstart, streaming sites out there.

Yep, Netflix, Apple and yeah, if any of them, Amazon . . . you should have a theater department.  

You’ve already optioned some of our content. Disney with Hamilton. Apple with Come from Away. Netflix with Diana, American Son, and more.  

And you should have someone keeping an eye on what you should get next.  

But you should also have a team mining all that original content for dramatization.  

The streaming sites are in the midst of an original content war. And that war has produced so much original programming, plenty of which is ripe for a stage adaptation.

And yeah, as you can see from those articles above, it only takes one to outgross everything else you’ve done.  

So get ahead of your competitors and start a theatrical division today.

And if you need some recommendations on who to run your theater team for you, let me know.  (And no, I’m not talking about me.)

Podcast Episode #238: What About Broadway?

ESTIMATED LISTENING TIME OF THIS EPISODE:  12 Minutes

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

I know. I know.

But with all that’s riding on the next Mayor of NYC, you can bet your A-train that I tuned into the debate between the leading candidates.

And I heard something that I did not like. 

Any guesses? 

Tune into this week’s episode where I unpack whereI think these candidates missed the mark.

 

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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!

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