In case you weren’t there, here’s what I said – in a picture.

The only thing I enjoy more than speaking to Theater Organizations (and I’ve had the honor of speaking to a bunch over the last few years, from The Irish Theatre Forum to The International Thespian Society), is speaking to Non-Theater Organizations.

And last September, I was asked to speak at Cre8Con in Portland – which brought together creative types from across all industries.  It’s a great conference and, if you’re in the Northwest, go check it out next year.

I did one of my favorite talks – about “serving the tennis ball” and the one thing that the most successful people I know have in common about how they got started.

I had almost forgotten about it . . . and then Cr8Con sent me the coolest thing – a graphic encapsulation of the talk.  I thought it was such a unique “gift” that I had to share it.

See if you get a clue as to what the @#$% I was talking about it from the below.

And go check out Cr8Con!

 

 

 


One of my missions is to get more people talking about the theater and the arts.  So if you want me to speak at your next event, click here.

Broadway Grosses w/e 8/17/2019: Heat Gotcha Down

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending August 11, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

Three Reasons Why College Basketball Is Better Than Pro and What That Has to Do with Theater

Warning:  Sports metaphor ahead.  Proceed at your own risk.

If you’ve ever watched basketball, you know that at times, college ball can be a heck of a lot more fun to watch than the pros.  What does that have to do with us and why is a Broadway Producer talking about basketball on a Monday morning?

Stay with me, non-sports fans.

Here are three reasons why watching college basketball is better than watching pro:

1. It’s more about teamwork.

Pro b-ball is about those big star players.  With a shorter shot clock and only “man-to-man” defense allowed, the most popular play is, “Get the ball to INSERT NAME OF SUPERSTAR HERE and let him shoot.”

College hoops, on the other hand, is much more collaborative.  That ball whips around the perimeter looking for the open man or woman, and no one cares who scores . . . as long as the team wins.

2. It’s where the next Superstars are.

When you watch college b-ball, you’re getting to see the next big stars before they become big stars.  Can you imagine seeing Michael Jordan play in college?  Or Stephen Curry?  I mean, not only is it exciting while you’re watching, but later, when they’ve made it to the Hall of Fame, you can say that enviable phrase, “I saw INSERT NAME OF SUPERSTAR HERE before they were INSERT NAME OF SUPERSTAR HERE.”  You can almost see the wonder on other folks’ faces, can’t you?

3. It’s about passion, not a paycheck.

College players aren’t paid for what they do.  Sure, sure, there’s a lot on the three-point line for their future, but they’re on that court because they love basketball, not because they have a 5 year $10M contract and a sneaker deal.  They play because of their passion of the game . . . and, of course, because they dream of playing on bigger courts and in front of bigger crowds.  And that dream makes them run a bit faster and sweat a little more in the hopes that it will come true, and soon.  They also know that pro coaches, scouts, and owners are watching their every dribble.

So what does that have to do with us?

Seeing a show in a theater festival is like watching college basketball.

🙂

Think about it . . .

Festivals aren’t about stars.  It’s where the next big stars are cutting their teeth.  And God knows, they aren’t there because they’re being paid a ton of $ to do it.

They just love it.

And just like college fans have their rabid fans, these hard-sweatin’ “players” need a lot of cheering and support.

So go see a show at a festival.  Yes, we have one . . . it’s called Rave Theater Festival, there are over 20 shows in it, it’s on RIGHT NOW and it runs through August 25th.  (See a list of shows you can see THIS WEEK below – and note TWO shows have already sold out – so get tix quick.)

But if you can’t make it to our festival, go check out a show at another festival.  Or in any Off-Off-Broadway or Off-Broadway theater.

Because if you care about the future of the theater (and since you read this blog, I’d bet cash you do), I’ve seen it.  And it’s in the small theaters with passionate people doing it for the purpose of making something that people like you can see.

Oh, and here’s a bonus reason why college basketball is better than the pros . . .

4.  It’s cheaper.

No explanation needed.  🙂


This weeks’ schedule for Rave is:

MONDAY:

Stormy Weather

The Perfect Fit

The Tycoons!

Young Pilgrims

TUESDAY:

Back

Big Shot

Ni Mi Madre

Sweet Lorraine

WEDNESDAY:

911 Gnomes: A Christmas Emergency

Big Shot

Fancy Maids

Just Laugh

The Erroneous Moby Dick

Young Pilgrims

THURSDAY:

911 Gnomes: A Christmas Emergency

Oceanborn

Stormy Weather

Training Wheels

FRIDAY:

911 Gnomes: A Christmas Emergency

Back

Noirtown

Rose’s War

The Tycoons!

SATURDAY:

911 Gnomes: A Christmas Emergency

Fancy Maids

Ni Mi Madre

Noirtown

Oceanborn

Sweet Lorraine

The Erroneous Moby Dick

Training Wheels

Waiting for Johnny Depp

SUNDAY:

911 Gnomes: A Christmas Emergency

Back

Doppelganger

Girls on Tap

Rose’s War

The Perfect Fit

Training Wheels

Waiting for Johnny Depp

Young Pilgrims

FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE AND THE FOLLOWING WEEK’S SCHEDULE CLICK HERE.

My 5 Friday Finds: Percentages Mean Nothing No More.

Happy long weekend for some of you, and enjoy these five finds from the week on Broadway and beyond:

  1. TKTS lists actual prices instead of just percentages.

blogged about this when it was announced, but it went into ‘play’ this week. The TKTS booth, which added 40%, 30% and 20% to its discounts years ago, now will just list actual prices. So no longer will a $100 ticket at 50% off look like the same price as a $50 ticket at 50% off.  This could be one of the biggest changes to the strategy of how Producers price at the booth, as well as how Producers price their full price (it’s common that we often price full price tickets thinking how much we’ll get at half-price) since the opening of the booth itself. (In other TKTS news, the Brooklyn location closed recently due to . . . what else . . . low sales.)

  1. Wicked in concert but on TV.

In another sign of Broadway’s growing footprint on pop culture, NBC agreed to air a special Wicked concert (shot at The Marquis Theater) to air on 10/29 featuring Idina Menzel, Kristen Chenoweth, and superstars such as Ariana Grande (future Elphaba anyone?).

  1. Originals, originals, everywhere.

Netflix started off as a way for you to “rent” movies without going to the local Blockbuster. Now, they invest heavily in originals. Amazon started off as a way for you to buy books, then movies and TV shows . . . now they make ’em. And now Audible (an Amazon company) is on the same strategy train. They recently announced that they’re going to give away original programming with a monthly subscription. What does this say? Content is still king . . . and the success of any business, big or small, is making @#$%. So go out and make something today.

  1. The Measure App on the iPhone.

If you updated your iPhone recently, you probably have seen the new Measure app . . . which is a digital tape measure. Amazing, right? Not if you make tape measures. Seriously. A company like Stanley Tools will see a reduction in sales because of this app. Just like that, something that has probably been a foundational form of revenue will slip away slowly. It’s a great reminder that all businesses can be disrupted . . . so keep innovating.

  1. King Kong starts previews.

The biggest and most expensive musical since Spider-Man starts previews TONIGHT. You know what?  I can’t wait to see it. Whenever you build someone that’s the “biggest,” people are going to want to go.

Wishing you all a great weekend, and hoping it includes lots of theater.

In case you haven’t noticed…

…I’m baaaaaack!

Almost a year ago, I dropped my blogs to just one (or so) a week, and then a few months later, the podcast went to once a month.

Well, I couldn’t stay away.  I missed it. And frankly, your emails asking for more content got to me.  So, I rejiggered some of my schedule (and also just finished a very cool time management book to help me figure out how to find time for everything I want to do and more) and I’m back!

Blogs will appear every single weekday, Monday through Friday.

And there will be a method to the blogness.  Here’s what the content schedule is going to look like:

  • Mondays will always be a podcast.
  • Tuesdays will always be a commentary on the previous week’s Broadway grosses (unless there’s a holiday delay).
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays will be general content about producing, marketing and the sort.
  • Fridays will always be focused on the art of writing/developing/creating stuff for the theater.

And FYI, we’ve also got some new and very exciting plans in store for TheProducersPerspective (and our sister site, TheProducersPerspectivePRO.com) including a whole new look, so stick around.  Or better yet, subscribe so you don’t miss a thing.

And now, there are TWO different ways to subscribe:

  1. Click here to subscribe and get all the blogs emailed to you the day they come out (at 8 PM – curtain time!).
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Just like at Burger King, you can have my blog your way . . . so pick one of those ways to subscribe, and saddle up.  Because as you know, I’m predicting that the coming year is going to be the best that Broadway has ever seen . . . which means I’m going to have a lot to talk about.  Not to mention that I’ve got Once On This Island and maybe even another show (!) coming to Broadway in the next 12 months.

Oh, and thanks for the encouragement to generate more content, guys.  I believe that writers shouldn’t write for themselves.  Writers should write for their audiences.  So you asked for it . . . here comes more blogs!

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