198 – Anthony Veneziale

 

Anthony Veneziale (Two-Touch) is the conceiver and co-creator Freestyle Love Supreme and FLS Academy. Founding member of American Immigrants (San Francisco). He has used improv techniques to create endeavors with Thomas Kail & Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the HeightsBartlett, “The Electric Company”), Daveed Diggs (The Freeze), numerous networks/companies (HBO, Cartoon Network, Sesame Workshop, Boardwalk Pictures, Google) and co-founded speechlessinc.com, an improv thinking company that helps humans create, collaborate, and find their authentic voice. STAGE: Freestyle Love SupremeServicemenDeath in One Acts, and Trashin’: Time to Waste. TV: ”Sex and the City”, Freestyle Love Supreme.

Listen in to this podcast, and you’ll hear about the origins of this new form on Broadway, and how he helped Lin-Manuel Miranda and Tommy Kail with In The Heights, and a ton more, including (yes, I’m giving you the full bullet points, because this podcast is that good):

  • Why Hip-Hop/Rap is so effective in the theater and why this is just the beginning.
  • How his success happened overnight . . . NO IT DIDN’T!  It took a long time, and why and how he had the courage to keep at it.
  • The most commonly uttered words on my podcast from all my guests, and why those words helped Anthony crush his goals.
  • How he teaches freestyle at the Freestyle Love Supreme Academy (if I can do it – anyone can).
  • And in addition to me beatboxing, you can bet he shows a little of his freestylin’ skills as well.

This week’s #SongwriterOfTheWeek is Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar.  Check out “Runnin'” (sung by Matt Rodin) from their new musical Beau at the end of this episode. If you enjoyed the outro music in this episode, go on over to www.beauthemusical.com.
This week’s episode is brought to you by AJV Media. They’ve been our videographers for our Super Conference since the beginning! They’re professional, easy to work with, and local to NY! If you’re looking for a videographer and want more information, visit their website www.AJVMedia.com.

Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBway

This podcast was edited by Stanley Wiercinski.

www.theproducersperspective.com

197 – Adam Gwon

 

Adam Gwon is a musical theater writer named one of “50 to Watch” by The Dramatist magazine and hailed “a promising newcomer to our talent-hungry musical theater” by The New York Times.

His musicals have been produced on six continents, in more than half a dozen languages.  Off-Broadway: Ordinary Days (Roundabout Theatre; Keen Company, Drama League Award nomination, Best Revival), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Westside Theatre); Regional: String (Village Theatre), Cake Off (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination; Bucks County Playhouse), Cloudlands (South Coast Repertory), The Boy Detective Fails (Signature Theatre), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); West End: Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios).
In this episode, we talk about . . .

  • How he went from writing individual songs to full-length musicals
  • What he looks for when looking for something new to write about, or when looking into making adaptations
  • The 3 “blind dates” he went on that led him to adapt Scotland, PA into a musical
  • What it’s like to constantly be considered an emerging artist

This week’s #SongwriterOfTheWeek is Anna Jacobs and Michael R. Jackson!  Check out “I Want To Choose” from their musical TEETH at the end of this episode. If you enjoyed the outro music in this episode, go on over to www.annakjacobs.com/ www.thelivingmichaeljackson.com for more tunes.
This week’s episode is brought to you by TERRY KNICKERBOCKER STUDIO. Terry Knickerbocker Studio offers a two-year acting conservatory, workshops, studio rentals, one-on-one coaching, beginner acting classes, and the best actor training in New York, period. While the conservatory training is based on the Meisner Technique, Terry Knickerbocker Studio offers a holistic approach to actor training with a commitment to nurturing the total actor: Mind, Body, and Soul. For more information, please visit www.TerryKnickerbockerStudio.com

Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBway

This podcast was edited by Stanley Wiercinski.

www.theproducersperspective.com

196 – Susan Blackwell

Susan Blackwell is an actress, writer, and singer, best known for playing characters based on herself in the original musicals [title of show] and Now. Here. This. She has appeared in other plays, musicals, films, and television shows, and even created and hosts her own talk show Side by Side by Susan Blackwell on Broadway.com.

In this episode, we talk about . . .

  • Finding the time to pursue your dream, while working your day job . . . like literally while your boss is standing over your desk as you work on lyrics!
  • What “dollar-cost-averaging” has to do with a career in the theater.
  • Life of a freelance artist and how she structures her day for success.
  • Why being a multi-hyphenate and focusing on many things is important to her, and should be to you too.
  • How did Title of Show happen – and what’s it like now watching people play her!

Tune in and enjoy this inspiring artrepreneurial episode and when you’re done, turn that dial over to Susan’s new podcast (created with her wonder twin, Laura Camien), The Spark File, which is now live!

This week’s #SongwriterOfTheWeek is Jacinth Greywoode (@j.greywoode on soundcloud)! Check out “Myrtle’s Lament” at the end of this episode (music by Jacinth and lyrics by Rebecca Hart). If you enjoyed the outro music in this episode, go on over to www.jacinthgreywoode.com/ for more tunes.
No matter where you are in life . . . whether you are just starting out and need a kick start, or you have already achieved a certain level of success and want more, or you’ve been slacking lately (we’ve all been there) and need to get back on track . . . you’ve decided to take your life, your dreams, and your destiny into your own hands . . . literally . . . with this journal. Start your 90-day journey today, visit: http://www.actionjournalforartists.com/

Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBway

This podcast was edited by Stanley Wiercinski.

www.theproducersperspective.com

195 – Stephanie Lee

Stephanie Lee, born into the family business, has worked her way through just about every position in the company! Now, as CEO/President, Stephanie has the unique advantage of being able to offer her team and clients more than 20 years of hands-on experience and knowledge of group trips to Broadway.

This week’s #SongwriterOfTheWeek is Ryan Scott Oliver (@RyanScottOliver)! If you enjoyed the outro music in this episode, go on over to www.ryanscottoliver.com/ for more tunes.
Are you writing your own show? Looking to break into the Producer life? Check out The Producer’s Perspective PRO for resources and support from an entire community of theater-makers! www.TheProducersPerspectivePro.com

Looking for more information on Stephanie’s Group Sales agency? Visit https://www.broadway.com/groups/.

Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBway

This podcast was edited by Stanley Wiercinski.

www.theproducersperspective.com

194 – Mark Sendroff

Mark Sendroff started his law career at the firm of Bomser & Oppenheim in 1975 and moved to the firm of Gottlieb, Schiff, Ticktin & Sternklar in 1979, eventually becoming a partner until that firm’s dissolution in 1995, at which time he founded Sendroff & Associates, P.C. In January 2007, he and entertainment lawyer, Jason Baruch, formed the current firm of Sendroff & Baruch, LLP. He presently represents many of the talented artists whose work can be seen prominently in the areas of theatre, film, television, and music.
This week’s #SongwriterOfTheWeek is Or Matias (@OrMatias)! If you enjoyed the outro music in this episode, go on over to www.ormatiasmusic.com/ for more tunes.
This episode is sponsored by National Alliance Music Theatre (NAMT). For more information, go to namt.org/.

Follow Mark: @msendroff

Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBway

This podcast was edited by Stanley Wiercinski.

www.theproducersperspective.com

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