We’re looking for a few good . . . interns

The fall class of interns are getting close to their graduation date, which means we’re looking for a new crew of responsible, hard-working and hungry folks for our spring semester.

If you or anybody you know is interested, check out the intern positing in the classified section of the blog for info on how to apply.  It’s right here.  (There is also a permanent link to the CLASSIFIEDS on the home page of the blog.)

Our interns work hard and have a lot of responsibility, so don’t apply, or send people our way, unless you know that the applicant is willing to get their hands filthy.

But remember how when you were a kid, playing in the mud was fun?  Well, that’s what we strive for.

We also pride ourselves on having a very successful post-internship job placement program.  I’ve promoted 10 interns to full-time positions over the last few years.  And recommended many more.

We think our interns learn a lot, too.  What specifically do they learn?  Well, I’m glad I asked!  I thought it would be interesting for my full-time staff members to find out what our current interns learned this year, so I asked the interns.  When I saw their responses, I thought you might find them interesting as well.

So . . . here are a few of our Intern Takeaways!

Jonny:  I learned the value of working as a team.

Andrew:  I learned how to get a show from rehearsal into its run and make it seem (to the audience, press, general public) like it was effortlessly smooth – and ensure that no one had a nervous breakdown behind the scenes, either.

Jaki:  I learned that networking and job hunting aren’t about what you are looking to do for other people, but about listening to what they need from you, and finding the balance that keeps you wanting to show up and them wanting you there.

Veronica:  I learned the value of seizing opportunities.

For more details on the internship program, click here.

And  if you are looking for a job in any category (acting, technical, admin), make sure you check out our classifieds!  New jobs go up daily.

And Employers?  My readers are just plain awesome.  Smart, motivated, and ready to take your company to another level.  Post your job with us.  Why?  Because it’s free.  We don’t charge.  We want you to find the best people, because only then can the entire theatrical industry improve.

To post a classified for free, click here.

The “Will It Recoup” winner announced! Did you win a Kindle?

Last Sunday saw the closing of Lend Me A Tenor, our last hold-out of the limited-run plays from this Spring season.

Sadly, my sources tell me that Tenor didn’t manage to turn to profit.

The only good news is now that we know, we can finally crown the winner of this year’s Will It Recoup!  (If you’re new to the blog and don’t know what-the-fiduciary-responsibility we’re talking about, click here for the original post.)

Someone is taking home a Kindle.  Is it you?

Here’s how the final profitability tally looks:

A View from the Bridge: RECOUPED!
The Miracle Worker: Did NOT recoup.
A Behanding in Spokane: Did NOT recoup.
Next Fall: Did NOT recoup.
Looped: Did NOT recoup.
Red: RECOUPED!
Lend Me A Tenor: Did NOT recoup.
Fences: RECOUPED!
Enron:  Did NOT recoup.

THREE winners in the bunch out of nine entries!  A 33% success rate this Spring!

Who says Broadway is a risky place?  You just gotta know how to pick ’em right?

And you certainly do.

A total of NINE of you scored a 100% in this year’s contest (boy, would you made some bank if this wasn’t a virtual-investment game).

The winner of the Kindle can down to the tiebreaker question:  Which of these shows would win the most Tony Awards?  (Answer:  Red)  After adding that criteria, the nine were cut down to a field of TWO.

So, we’re going to pull a Solomon and cut the Kindle in half to see who really wants it.

Naaaaah.  We’re going to give away TWO!

Congrats to Howard and Zach on their play.jpgckin’ prowess!  You’ve both won a Kindle!

Look for an email from me with details.

And for the rest of you . . . well, there’s always next year.  Picking winners isn’t a one season game.  There’s always another year . . . whether you’re playing a game, or producing for reals, yo.

A Will It Recoup Update. How is Broadway doing this Spring?

You forgot about this contest, didn’t you?

Back in February, we launched our second ‘Will It Recoup’ fantasy Broadway investment game and put a Kindle on the line.

The name of the game says it all (just like the name of your show should reflect exactly what your show is about).  It’s your job to pick the winners from the floppers in the Spring season.

So how are you (and the Broadway Producers) doing so far?

Here’s what we know and what we don’t:

A View from the Bridge: RECOUPED!
The Miracle Worker: Did NOT recoup.
A Behanding in Spokane: Did NOT recoup.
Next Fall: Did NOT recoup.
Looped: Did NOT recoup.
Red: RECOUPED!
Lend Me A Tenor: Too soon to tell.
Fences: RECOUPED!
Enron:  Did NOT recoup.

So that makes a total of 3 Broadway shows out of 9 that have recouped already. That’s a pretty bountiful Spring, considering the statistical average is 1 out of 5 (although it is certainly not a coinky-dink that two of the three shows that have recouped featured Hollywood mega-stars Denzel Washington and Scarlett Johansson).

Still, the game is not over.  We’ve still got one show on the fence.  We could have quite a good year if it falls into the win column.

How are you doing?

Well, there are 27 of you who picked those three shows to recoup, and the five shows that did not.  27 of you are still in the money!

So…it all comes down to Lend Me a Tenor.

See you in August!

What do you think will recoup this year? Survey results revealed!

Game on!

We had a record number of entries to this Spring’s “Will It Recoup” contest.  This year’s players included some of Broadway’s biggest players, as well as high school students, regional theater directors, folks from overseas and more.  It’s quite a collection of handicappers . . . but just like Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, there can only be one winner.

Who will it be?

We’ve got some time before the Kindle winner is revealed, so until then I thought we’d take a look at what the majority of you thought.

Below are the results of how all of you voted on each show’s recoupment chances:

A View From The Bridge
87.9% It WILL recoup
12.1% It will NOT recoup

The Miracle Worker
44.3% It WILL recoup
55.7% It will NOT recoup

A Behanding in Spokane
36.6% It WILL recoup
63.4% It will NOT recoup

Next Fall
27.8% It WILL recoup
72.2% It will NOT recoup

Looped
20.8% It WILL recoup
79.2% It will NOT recoup

Red
24.3% It WILL recoup
75.7% It will NOT recoup

Lend Me A Tenor
49.3% It WILL recoup
50.7% It will NOT recoup

Fences
72.6% It WILL recoup
27.4% It will NOT recoup

Enron
46.5% It WILL recoup
53.5% It will NOT recoup

So, according to the majority of you, there will be TWO recoupers in this lot of nine, A View From The Bridge and Fences.  Those two winners would put us slightly ahead of our industry standard recoupment rate of 1 out of 5 shows.  Sounds like a safe, star-driven bet to me.

Then again, the majority picked 33 Variations to recoup last year, and thought that God of Carnage was going to be a financial bomb.  😉  Don’t feel so bad. I produced Oleanna this year, remember?

What do I think?  I think there’s a good shot at getting three shows into the black this Spring . . . which would put us at 3 out of 9.

And that’s a pretty dang good batting average for any business.

Stay tuned to the blog for updates as the season goes on, and good luck to all the players!

And even better luck to all the actual Producers.

Play “Will It Recoup” and win a Kindle!

Spring is in the air (sorta), which means it’s time to play . . . (say it with me like you’re the audience of a game show) . . . WILL . . . IT . . . RECOUP!

Last year was the first time we played this fantasy Broadway investment game, and I got a bunch of great feedback about it (especially from last year’s winner, Tom L., who walked away with an iPhone), so I thought we’d play with our imagined fortunes again!

This year, I’m not giving away an iPhone (and I won’t ever again, until they release us from the horror that is AT&T).  The grand prize for this season of Will It Recoup is my new favorite toy in my Producer’s Toolkit, a Kindle!

Here’s how the game works:

There are currently nine commercial plays set to open from Jan. 1st to this year’s Tony deadline.  Your job?  Pick the ones that will recoup.  That simple . . .or is it?

I’m not including any musicals, because it would just take too dang long to find out who won the Kindle (I can barely stand how long it takes to get through one American Idol season).  Most of the plays are limited runs, or what I call, the ol’ Broadway “Smash and Grab,” so we should know the results sometime this summer.

The plays are:

A View From The Bridge
The Miracle Worker
A Behanding in Spokane
Next Fall
Looped
Red
Lend Me A Tenor
Fences
Enron

And yep, one of the plays above has already opened, so you’ve got a gimme.  

To play, just click on the link below.  It’ll take you to a survey.  Pick the recoupers and you’re in!

A few important rules:

– All entrants must be email subscribers to the blog so I can validate your entry.  If you are not an email subscriber, please subscribe by putting your email in the box to the left of this entry.  The email you subscribe with must match the email you enter in the survey.  (People have lost prizes because of failing to make sure their emails match, so please take care with this one).
– Only one entry per reader
– Recoupment must occur during the Broadway run to count as a recouped show (in other words, subsidiary income doesn’t count).

Entries will only be accepted until 2/15 at 12:01 AM so enter today!

For additional info on the game, including some tips on how to win, check out last year’s description of the game here.     

Now let’s play . . . (one more time) . . . WILL . . . IT . . . RECOUP!

PLAY WILL IT RECOUP TODAY!  WIN A KINDLE!  CLICK HERE!   

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