Who are Broadway’s 50 Most Powerful People?

BroadwaySpace.com ran it’s 2nd most popular feature of the year yesterday:  Broadway’s 50 Most Powerful People!

The idea for this list came from the old theater rag TheaterWeekly, which then became InTheatre, which then became . . . ahhh . . . extinct.

But boy, how I loved to read the list every year and dream about one day being on it.

I’m still dreaming, but at least I sponsor the site that comes up with the new list!

And a big, BIG disclaimer, especially to all of you out there who sent me hate e-mail last year because you weren’t on the list (and you know who you are, you Tony Award-winning Old Guard Producer, you).  When I authorized the creation of this list, I made it a point to excuse myself from the process of who ends up where.  In fact, I disagreed with some of the choices this year, but what can you do.

Enjoy the list and comment away!

BroadwaySpace.com’s 50 Most Powerful People

Oh, and by the way, the MOST popular feature of the year on BroadwaySpace.com is The Hottest Guy & Girl on Broadway.

And yes, BroadwaySpace is the US Weekly of Broadway, and we love it.  Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at book clubs, we know you do too. 🙂

Saturday’s seminar now sold out. Next one scheduled for . . .

The two last spots in this Saturday’s Get Your Show Off The Ground seminar were snatched up yesterday.  By the look of the titles of the projects we’re going to be talking about, it’s going to be a hot session.

If you missed out on this seminar, sign up for the next one, which will be held on Saturday, January 8th from 2 PM – 6 PM.

It’ll be the perfect way to kick off the new year.

And both this Saturday’s seminar and the next will be held at our new studio!  So come check it out.

For more info on the seminar and to sign up, click here.  A couple of the spots are already gone, so register today.

 

Special Saturday Post: 3 Reminders

Hey y’all . . . a special holiday weekend post with three reminders of things going on that you should check out.

1.  There are only 5 slots left in my June 19th “Get Your Show Off The Ground” Seminar.  Book today.  It’s perfect for all of you pre-NYMF and pre-Fringe Authors and Producers.

2.  The RSVP list for the first annual BroadwaySpace.com Tony party is filling up!  And there are only so many wings to go around.  Make your reservation here.  It’s going to be a blast.  Imagine a Super Bowl party . . . but for the Tonys!

3.  Have you played my Tony Pool yet?  Pick the winners, win an iPad.  That simple, right?  Click here to play.

4.  I know, I know, I said three reminders, but a mentor of mine once taught me that Producers should strive to exceed expectations, not meet them . . . so here’s #4.  If any of you are in the Tampa area, come on down to The Straz Center and see me at my new show, Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage, which starts performances on June 9th!  For more info, click here.

Enjoy your holiday!

Who will be Broadway’s Next Big Star? The “Final 15” Announced.

When we came up with the idea for BroadwaySpace.com’s “Broadway’s Next Big Star” contest, we knew we’d get some submissions from a few talented performers . . . but we had no idea we’d get THAT many!

Several hundred performers and performers-to-be from around the world (yep, there was even an entry from Estonia), submitted videos of themselves doing something “Broadway” (singing, dancing, or making a mash-up) in the hopes of winning the grand prize of getting flown to NYC, doing dinner and a show, and getting an audition with a hot-shot NYC casting director.

Somehow, Craig Burns from Telsey Casting, Bailey Hanks from Who-Doesn’t-Love-Them-Some-Bailey-Hanks, and I, narrowed the hundreds of entries down to 13 finalists. Add to that the two wild card spots we gave away to the two most-viewed videos, and that makes  . . . The Final 15!

Check them out here (and check out the honorable mention/superlatives while you’re at it)!

When you’ve watched them all, vote for your favorite by 11:59 PM ET on Wed. April 7th!  We’ve already had thousands of votes pour in since the first day the voting was announced, so it’s gonna be a close one.  Your vote will count big time.

As I watched all of the entries, I couldn’t help but notice a few things that I thought deserved some special attention.  So, I’m giving out some pre-award awards right here and now.

1.  The “Holy Crap, High School Musicals Have Come A Long Way” Award

Check out the three camera shoot in Audrey Peeples’s “Gimme, Gimme”.  And listen to those tracks.  And is it just me, or is the costume actually period?  (For my high school production of Anything Goes, I wore khakis from The Gap circa 1988).  Man, it’s no wonder that Broadway audiences demand a lot from their $125.  Look at what they are getting in their local high schools!  I’ve heard rumors lately of high schools with bigger musical budgets than some Off-Broadway shows!

2.  The “You Got To Work With Whom?” Award

When I was a Broadway-wannabe, the closest I could get to the stars was hanging out at the stage door and hoping to get a glimpse (I once asked 12-year-old Daisy Eagan for an autograph . . . our paths haven’t crossed since, but I’m sure they will someday, and boy will my face be red).  Now, the incredible generosity of so many Broadway performers, combined with the many schools and classes in the city and around the country (Like Laura Bell Bundy and Paul Canaan’s Take It From The Top) , give young performers a chance to learn from the best.  Check out Final 15er, Nicholas J. Oliveri, as his sings for the original “Gimme, Gimm-er,” Sutton Foster.  And stay tuned to the very end, so you can hear Sutton compliment Nicholas and crack up the class.

3.  The “Golden Age is Over” Award

This goes out to all of the finalists.  Of the 15 songs sung by the finalists, only 4 were from musicals written before 1980 .  And only 2 of those were written before 1970.  These performers are not only the actors of tomorrow, they are also the audiences of tomorrow. And the days of our audiences wanting to see The King and I and Pal Joey and Fiddler are over.

4.  The “How to Stand Out in the Clutter” Award

And last, but not least, Stewart Yu gets a nod, not for making it into the Final 15, but for knowing he wasn’t going to make it into the Final 15, and creating a video that will probably get him more views than many of the finalists!  Stewart knows the rule by which we all must live: creativity cuts through clutter.  I’ve pasted his video below.

Good luck to all of the finalists!

See them all here (and don’t forget the honorable mentions at the bottom).  Make sure to cast your vote by Wed at 11:59!

And enjoy Stu!

Two things to see. And both opps are limited.

#1.

Oleanna announced that it will play its final show on January 3rd.

If you haven’t see the show yet, make sure you do.

While we’re proud of our run, it does seem that we may been lost in the shuffle of the mega-star-filled Fall.  But this is not a play or a production that you want to miss.

We’re coming up on Holiday season, so the discounts are a bit harder to get during the prime times, but there’s one for you here.

Just over 6 weeks left.

#2.

Don’t Quit Your Night Job is a once-every-couple-of-months comedy/variety show that features Broadway stars like Anthony Rapp, Bebe Neuwirth, Michael McKean, Sara Ramirez, etc. doing some of the craziest improv you’ve ever seen, like Showtune Mad Libs, and more.  It is the brain child of the some of the funniest people in the city:  Steve Rosen, David Rossmer, Sarah Saltzberg and Dan Lipton.

And it’s all for charity.

The next Don’t Quit is tomorrow, Thursday, November 19th at 11:30 PM at the Julia Miles Theater. (Huh, I just realized that Julia Miles rhymes with Julia Stiles.  These two items are more connected than I thought.)

Get tickets here.

I know what you’re saying.  “Gee, Ken, if it’s done every couple of months, then why is it limited?”

Well, tomorrow night’s show is a definitely a once-in-a-lifetime show.

It features Kate Baldwin, Montego Glover and, uhhh, I’ll be making a cameo.

Me on a stage hasn’t happened since a 1997 production of Forever Plaid, so God knows, anything can happen.

Go easy on me, guys.  Will ya?  I don’t want what happened to this guy, to happen to me.

Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

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