Yes, my Podcast Is Back! But like everything else . . .

I started my podcast 6 years ago.

And when the pandemic hit, I put it on pause, along with so many other things I was working on.  (The podcasted pivoted to my livestream, actually.  And if you want a real throwback, go back and watch those early episodes – when we had NO idea how long the shutdown was going to be.)

Now, as we start to move our muscles again and get ready for our return, I’m bringing the podcast back!

Buuuuuuuut, in the post-pandemic world nothing will ever be like it was, and neither will our podcast.  Like everything else . . . it’s gonna be different.

I used to have chats with Industry A-listers about their perspective on TheaterMaking.  (And you can listen to the 200+ episodes of that here.)

But now . . . I wanted to do something different.  So once again, I’m pivoting.

So now, I’m going to give you what I think you really want . . . something SHORTER!  🙂

Every Monday, I’m going to deliver a 5-15 minute micro-episode giving you the quick upshot of a timely, topical (and sometimes controversial) subject facing Broadway.  It’ll keep you in the know, and give you an insight into how I make theater.

And these episodes will also be where I answer the questions I get from YOU in my inbox.  So if you’ve got a question, email it to me: ken@theproducersperspective.com.  And you just might hear my answer as well as a shoutout to you on the podcast on an upcoming episode.

The first one is live right now.

Subject?  it’s all about the steps Broadway is going to take towards full operation (because believe me – it’s not going to happen all at once – and every step has a potential disaster.)

 

Listen in on my perspective.

And follow the Podcast on Apple Podcast!

Here’s what I have to say on the Anniversary of the Broadway Shutdown.

Today marks one year.  365 days.  525,600 minutes.  Without a single performance on Broadway.

What a downer, right?

No.

Not from this Producer’s perspective.

How can I look at the last year like it’s a good thing?

Because we’re still here.  I’m still here. You’re still here.  We.  Are.  Still.  Here.

We made it through what will be the longest shutdown in the history of Broadway . . . ever.  Yep, I’ll bet you the capitalization of Spider-Man right now that we will never, ever experience this length of time without a Broadway show ever again.

We may have a shutdown again (as I wrote about here, but this severe?  Nope.  Never again.

Yet we’re still here.

And we did some amazing pivoting over the past year to keep on creatin’, from streaming shows to drive-ins show and more. Never . . . ever . . . underestimate the creativity of a TheaterMaker.  We make art in black boxes, for goodness sake.  You didn’t think we can survive this?

We’re not out of the woods yet.  There is a giant still lurking around.  But we are getting there.  And we will get there.

So as we look back over the past year, and so many websites and social media posts lament our “lost year,” I’m going to celebrate it.

Because we made it.  And if we can make it through this, we can make it through an-y-thing.

And as of today, we made it through a year!  A year without being able to do what we all love to do, whether that’s produce theater, perform in theater, direct theater, invest in theater, etc.

If you’re looking for a community of TheaterMakers like yourself during the shutdown, click here.

That’s it! No more surveys about THIS!

Usually, I love a survey.

I’m a big-time tester when it comes to understanding what our audience wants.

I survey theatergoers about all sorts of things.  I ask if they think a book or movie would make a good musical.  I ask what they thought of Act II. I ask whether a logo makes them want to learn more about a show.  (Side note about this last one.  Note that I didn’t say “whether a logo makes them want to buy a ticket.  Because logos don’t do that – so stop stressing.  But good ones can make people lean in and want to learn more.)

I even got this write-up in the New York Times years ago for being the first Broadway Producer to incorporate dial testing for a developing show. (Shocker – some of the old guard didn’t like this approach.)

So what am I so peeved about a certain type of survey that has been circulating every month or so?

Because it’s a survey in a vacuum.

The offending survey . . . you know the one . . . asks audience members IF they feel comfortable returning to the theater NOW and if they are not comfortable WHEN they will feel comfortable?  (By the way, I’ll admit – even I’ve asked this question every so often . . . so I’m blog-spanking myself here as well.)

I’m sure it does NOT surprise you to hear that a majority of the people in the country are NOT comfortable returning to the theater right now.  And they are not excited about returning anytime soon.

Of course they aren’t!  Because the majority of big theaters aren’t open yet.  Because it’s not safe to open them yet!

We, as human beings, live in the now.  It’s hard for us to imagine in the future feeling a different way than the way we feel right now.  If we are anxious and worried . . . it’s hard to imagine that going away, no matter what someone says (especially if it’s an online survey!) . . .

So these surveys are not realistic attitude-checks on when theatergoers will return.

You want to get a more accurate assessment?  Survey ONLY the vaccinated people.  Ask them how comfortable they are to return.  Something tells me you’ll get a different response.

It’s like . . . well . . . when all those surveys in the fall announced a high percentage of hesitancy for the vaccine.  When the vaccine wasn’t approved yet!  Now?  Websites are crashing under high demand, vaccine sites are overrun when excess supply rumors abound, and more.

Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to rely on surveys to ease our concern here.  Because everything is changing so fast . . . and it’s literally life and death. We have to give in to the fact that it’s going to be a white-knuckle ride as we get Broadway back up and running.  Will the audience come?  Will they come quickly?

My feeling?

Get them vaccinated.  Put proper protocols in place.  And entertain them like they’ve never been entertained before.

And look out, Telecharge and Ticketmaster, because your websites just might crash under high demand too.


 The Nutshell Technique Workshop for TheaterMakers is Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 10th at 7 PM – 9 PM EST (Live “Nutshelling” from 9-9:30) Sign up here.

[Webinar Alert] A Top Screenwriting Guru Teaches U How To Structure That Movie U Have ALWAYS Wanted To Write.

There’s a joke that says everyone in Hollywood has an idea for a screenplay.

That joke deserves a rewrite.  Because everybody everywhere has an idea for a screenplay.

Few get their ideas out of their head and onto paper.

You know what?

 They don’t know how to structure it.

Enter Jill Chamberlain, best-selling Author of the screenwriting bible, “The Nutshell Technique.”

 Jill analyzed hundreds of films and came up with a formula that not only stress tests the story you have, but makes the writing easier.  And it works.  It goes deeper than other ‘formulas’ to make sure your screenplay does not end up as a cliche . . . and in the “round file.”

And since my goal has always been to help TheaterMakers like you reach your goals, faster than you can on your own, The TheaterMakers Studio hired Jill to teach an exclusive virtual seminar on her trademarked technique!

The Zoom seminar (but don’t worry – you won’t have to show your face) is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10th at 7 PM EST.  Click here to sign up.

If you’ve ever thought you had an idea for a movie . . . or maybe you started one and got stuck in the middle of Act II . . . or maybe you finished one but haven’t sold it yet (or even gotten an agent to read it!) . . . this seminar is for you.

Jill works with novice writers AND award-winning writers most of who she can’t name!

But it’s why the Academy Award-winning author of Parasite said . . .

 “Jill Chamberlain sets a new standard for plotting stories. Use the Nutshell Technique to crack your story!”

And why the Producer of the last Star Wars (!) movie said . . .

 “Jill Chamberlain’s Nutshell Technique is like the Rosetta Stone: it cracks the code behind why we love the movies that we love. It goes way beyond tired old beat sheet formulas and instead guides you to organically write the story you want to tell.”

 

 (I hired Jill myself for a private session – and she solved a story problem I had for a screenplay AND a musical in 15 minutes.

 

And what better time to get that screenplay out of your head and onto a page?  While the theater is on pause, this is a perfect time to diversify your portfolio . . . or just start one.

Register here.  And if you’re a TheaterMakers Studio member, you save a bundle.

In the seminar, you’ll learn . . .

  1. The eight linked elements required to successfully tell a story and not just present a situation
  2. How the protagonist’s central flaw is the single best writing tool you’re not utilizing
  3. How to find that “inevitable yet unexpected” ending that both surprises and satisfies audiences
  4. And two of the participants will be able to go “Live” with Jill and have her “crack the nut” of their story during the seminar.

The rest of us can watch.  🙂

So if you’ve ever had an idea for the movies to write, produce, direct . . . sign up today.

If it doesn’t inspire you to get to work . . . and if it doesn’t help you write faster and better, let us know.   I’ll personally guarantee it.

It’s one week from tonight . . . and e-seats are limited.  (Sorry, but that was my deal with Jill!)

 

The Nutshell Technique Workshop for TheaterMakers

Wednesday, March 10th at 7 PM – 9 PM EST.

(Live “Nutshelling” from 9-9:30)

Sign up here.

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