Broadway Grosses w/e 1/21/2018: I’ve got good news. And bad news.

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending January 21, 2018.
The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League
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Podcast Episode 146 – Tony Nominated Director, Sheryl Kaller.

In 2010, the beautiful little play entitled Next Fall came out of nowhere, earned a rave from Ben Brantley, signed Elton John as a Producer and opened on Broadway where it was nominated for Best Play.

It was one of those great surprises that happen every few years in the theater.

And one of the best results from Next Fall‘s rise to the top was that people started to take notice of one of the top female Directors we have in our ranks, Ms. Sheryl Kaller.

Sheryl has become known for directing intimate dramas like Next Fall (she helmed Mothers and Sons on Broadway with Tyne Daly, which I co-produced), but can handle anything you throw at her (a stage version of Frozen has been on cruise ships for the last year or so . . . guess who put that sucker up?).

That’s why I was eager to talk to her, and as usual, Sher didn’t disappoint, and told me her story and gave me her perspective on all things including:

  • What Bob Fosse “fought for” in his direction, and how that inspired her.
  • How she never felt like a female Director while she was in school . . . but only when she got into the business, and how that has changed (or not) since then.
  • The day she got scolded by an Actor for being too prepared.  And how that has affected her style since.
  • How she got back into the business after deciding to take time off to raise her family (and how that made her a better and more successful Director).
  • The process of pitching herself for a job . . . what she says to playwrights and Producers in order to earn their trust.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the 146 podcasts we’ve done here is that there is no one way to do anything in the theater.  There is only your way.

Listen to how Sheryl reached her goals and how she’s working her butt off to reach her new ones by clicking below.

Click here for the link to my podcast with Sheryl!

Listen to it on iTunes here. (And if you like the podcast, give it a great review, while you’re there!)

Download it here.

 

 

Our 2nd “Shut Up and You-Know-What” is TOMORROW!

You know what I’m talking about, right?

I’m talking about SHUT UP AND WRITE, our in-person writing session, for anyone who wants to put pen to paper or keys to a keyboard, whether you’ve had twenty plays published or never even finished a page.

And our second one is tomorrow, Saturday, January 20th from 10 AM – 1 PM and all you have to do to join us is sign up here.

Being a writer is being your own boss.  But the irony is, artists aren’t usually the personality types that make great bosses!  That’s why writers need a little help with structure, accountability, and goals.

Shut Up and Write is just that.  It’s a set time.  With a set goal (finish X by the time before you leave).  And with experts like my Director of Creative Development, Eric Webb, there to help answer questions or challenges you may have with your project.

Show up and you’re guaranteed to get something done.  It’s just what happens.  So join us.

Look at what a few of our last “Shut-Uppers” had to say about the event:

“Ken Davenport’s ‘Shut Up And Write!’ event was a one of a kind experience: writers from the tri-state area sitting together silently, in a theater writing.  In the crazy and noisy hustle and bustle of every day life, it’s an infrequent opportunity to have 3 straight hours of quiet to oneself to tune into and explore our creative selves.  It was especially rewarding being around the energy of the other writers: quiet, yet a safe cocoon to create in, where you knew you had empathetic people around you supporting your process.  And all for the price of a cup of coffee!  Doesn’t get better than that…” – Ali Skylar

“I recently participated in Ken Davenport’s first Shut Up and Write gathering. I was able to sit with a bunch of my fellow writers and get a solid three hours of writing done. During breaks I was able to meet with some great people that were also there to advance their goals. Even Ken and his team were available to answer questions and offer guidance. I’m looking forward to signing up the next time the event is offered.” – Edward Medina

We hold the event at my theater, which isn’t the size of the Palace, unfortunately.  That means, there is a limit to the number of Writers we can host.  So if you’re ready to start writing, click here.

And it doesn’t matter where you are with your play, musical, screenplay.

Don’t have an idea?  Make a goal to come up with one by the time the session is done.

Got an outline?  Make a goal to write the first three scenes.

Have a draft?  Make a goal to do a rewrite of one act.

All that matters is you come, you shut up, and you write.

Register here.

 

Well, this will change things for the Secondary Market.

Years ago, my Mom told me she wasn’t going to be able to take her grandkids to the theater anymore.  “Why not,” I cried, feeling a bit betrayed.

“It’s too expensive!  I took them to see Annie in Worcester, MA and paid over $500 for just three of us, and we didn’t even have great seats!”

That price didn’t make much sense to me, so I did a little googling.  Turns out, my Mom didn’t buy from the official site.  Instead, she did some googling of her own, like most people do when looking to buy something that isn’t on Amazon.

When she got the results, she clicked an ad that sent her to a secondary market seller, who was charging well above face value.

The problem?  She had no idea she was buying from a reseller and could have paid less.  (In fact, this Secondary Seller was engaging in some black-hat tactics to make my Mom think she was buying from the official source.)

It’s stories like this that make me and my Producer Peers nervy.  My Mom was ready to give up on the theater, all because she didn’t know where she was buying from.

That’s about when I started writing blogs and speaking at conventions hoping the government would come in and make Secondary Market Sellers be upfront and transparent about who and what they are.  See, I have no problem with what they do.

Well, despite my e-shouting, the government never stepped in.

But last week, someone even more powerful did.

Google.

In an effort to protect consumers, Google announced that in order to use its AdWords advertising platform, Secondary Market Resellers will have to adhere to certain guidelines on their websites, including revealing that they are not the primary source for the tickets and that they may charge a higher fee.

(And I’d expect their super-secret algorithm for how they deliver results in their organic rankings will also figure out who is playing by the rules and who isn’t.)

Like playing poker without one of the Aces, this move is a game changer.

It’ll help Producers as it’ll put us on a (more) even playing field to be able to compete in the important AdWords market for our own titles.

And it’ll help Consumers make smart choices as to where they get their tickets.

This is a big risk on Google’s part, as the secondary market spends a ton of bank on ads (they can afford it since their margins are so high), and I applaud the Big G for taking a short-term hit, in order to help consumers.

And Secondary Sellers . . . I’m convinced this is good for you too.  There are people who will always want what you do.  And there are some things you can do so much better than we can.  In the 21st Century transparency is an essential part of a successful business.  So if you focus on that white glove service that you can provide instead of hiding behind an e-mask, I bet you’ll see your business grow on Google.

Broadway Grosses w/e 1/14/2018: Didn’t we just have one of these?

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending January 14, 2018.
The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League
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