Why Godspell, Why Now? Washington gives me a reminder.

I got an email from a reader who had already bought tickets to Godspell who told me she couldn’t wait to see it again.  She talked about the score, the joy, and more.

This reader knew all the reasons why she was so excited to see the show coming back (one of which was that it was the first show she ever saw, and now she was excited to bring her kids so it could be their “first” too) . . . but she was curious as to some of my motivations for bringing back the show as well.

I of course repeated all the same things she did . . . the incredible score, the fun, the fact that it hasn’t ever been revived, etc.

But I also told her about a more timely reason why I thought this show needed to be seen in 2011.  Yes, it’s fun, yes it’s joy-filled, but there’s something underneath that’s worth talking about.  I wrote about it on yesterday’s Godspell blog, but I wanted to make sure you all saw it here as well.

Check it out here.


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Godspell tickets officially on sale starting today.

officially entered its “soft sale” period today.

If you’ve enjoyed my blog, I hope you’ll get a ticket today.

Because I know you’ll love the show.

Get Godspell tickets here.

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Introducing my spinoff: The Producer’s Perspective – The Godspell Edition.

What do Happy Days, Cheers and Law & Order all have in common with this blog?

They’ve all produced a spin-off!

Last week, I revealed the results of my Producer’s Perspective survey about who you were and what you were interested in.  In the comments section of the survey, there was an outpouring of requests like these for a more insider perspective on producing:

  • “I want to know what a Producer does every day when putting together a Broadway show.”
  • “Can you give me more info on the day to day of what you do?  I still don’t know what  a Producer does besides raise money and go to Sardi’s.”
  • “I want to sit on your shoulder and see what you see.”

I racked my brain on how I could deliver what you wanted.  And then I thought, wait a minute, I’m lead producing a Broadway show this season.  And wait a minute, I’m exactly 100 days from my first preview.  And wait a minute, I could . . . BING-TO-THE-O!

So . . . you asked!  You got it!  (But dude who wants to sit on my shoulder, I am assuming you mean figuratively because a linebacker I am not.)

Today, I am proud to announce the debut of my second blog entitled:

DAY BY DAY – The Producer’s Perspective:  A day-by-day account of producing Godspell on Broadway.

Yesterday, we were exactly 100 days from our first preview on October 13th.  So, I started posting and will continue to post an entry a day as we countdown the 100 days to Godspell’s first preview on Broadway.

Each day I’ll blog about something that happened that I had to deal with.  Maybe it’ll be what was discussed at an ad meeting, how many people showed up at the open call, the first time I saw some costume sketches, etc.  There will be lots of pictures, video, and maybe even some guest blogs from some of the Godspell team along the way.

It’ll be like you’re e-sitting on my shoulder as we produce the first ever Broadway revival of Godspell.  Oh, and after a little research, we think this is the first time this has ever been done, so it keeps with my company’s mission statement of doing #$&@ that hasn’t been done.

To read Day By Day, click here.

And make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss even one of those days.  Unlike Law & Order, there won’t be repeats on TNT.

Thanks again for the survey-inspiration . . . and enjoy the spinoff!  I think it’ll be exactly what you are looking for.

Or at least it’ll be better than Joanie Loves Chachi.


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– 99 Days to Godspell!  Read the day-by-day account of producing Godspell on Broadway here.

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Prepare Ye. Godspell is coming back to Broadway this Fall.

I am thrilled . . . overjoyed . . . pumped . . . so excited that there are no words . . .  to announce that my production of Godspell by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak, directed by Danny Goldstein and choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, will begin performances on October 13, 2011 at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre.

For more info, including a message from Stephen Schwartz himself, visit www.Godspell.com.

Godspell on Broadway
Previews begin October 13th
Opens on November 7th

Group discount tickets on sale now by calling 1-855-DAY-BY-DAY or by clicking here.
Single tickets on sale July 11th.

See you at the theater.


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Why I love In-N-Out Burger . . . and it’s not the fries.

ken davenport, broadway, off broadway, theatre, theater, producer The fries are good, and the burgers are better.  But the real reason I love In-N-Out is the secret sauce.

And I'm not talking about the stuff they put on their meat.

I'm talking about the "secret" stuff that isn't on the menu.

For years, In-N-Out has had a secret menu that gets passed around like a note in a 8th grade algebra class.  Did you know you could get a Grilled Cheese?  Or a 3×3?  Or everyone's favorite . . . an Animal Style burger?  (The secret menu is now online on their official site here, but look at the type of response it got before then on sites like this one.)

You wouldn't know any of these items existed if you just looked at the menu that hangs above the 17 year old's head at any of their 250+ locations.  To know about these "special" items, you'd have to be in-the-know, you'd have to be a "real" fan . . . you'd have to be cool.

And that's what it comes down to. Information is not only power, but information you have that your friend doesn't makes you look just a little bit smarter.  And who doesn't like to look smarter?  

Know what else it  does?  Well, just like the 8th grader in Alegbra, knowing a secret also makes you want to share it because it shows off that extra knowledge in the process.  "Did you hear who likes Jenny?  Well, I'm not supposed to tell, but . . . "

Consumers love to discover things that make them feel part of an exclusive club.  Whether that's a new restaurant, a new show, or a new menu.  (The video game market has done this for years – with hidden worlds, cheat codes that give you unlimited weapons and more.)

Can you bury hidden treasure into your marketing plan that your audiences could discover, and then spread?

Can you build in secrets to your marketing strategies that could get your faithful fans talking and sharing?  A hidden page on a web site . . . something hidden under a seat in your theater . . . where your actors party after the show.

We've come up with a few cool ideas on Godspell already.  But I'm not going to tell you what they are.

They're secret.


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