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WHAT DOES A DIRECTOR DO AFTER OPENING?

A reader recently dropped me an email asking what a Broadway or Off-Broadway Director’s responsibilities are, after a show officially opens.

While it may seem like a Director’s job would end as soon as that opening night party kicks into high gear, in actuality, the gig just morphs into something different.

There are replacements to cast, and understudies to train, and Tony Award numbers to plan and stage. There is (hopefully) talk of a tour or two. There is press to do.

But one of the most important jobs a Director has after opening is making sure the cast keeps delivering their opening night performance night after night after year after year.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT DIRECTOR?

Good question, right?

Well, I’ve got a bunch of thoughts on the subject, but I thought I’d leave this question to an expert.

Oh Elia? Elia Kazan? Can you take this one?

Last month I wrote about a blog about writing tips and repurposed eight great ones from Kurt Vonnegut. Judging from the number of page views it got . . . you liked it. Or should.

So I thought you’d like some more . . . but maybe about a different subject.

THE DISNEY DIRECTOR . . . DARE I SAY . . . FORMULA?

Disney has had a great run on Broadway . . . they’ve produced seven shows, and five have (or will) recoup (I’m putting Newsies in the win column already). That’s a 71.4% (!) recoupment rate, in an industry where about 20% – 30% is the norm.

Cha-ching.

And when they win, they win big. I’d guarantee that the profits from The Lion King alone have made up the losses for the two losers (Tarzan and Little Mermaid).

Business 101 tells you that if you want a successful business, you should study other successful businesses to see what makes them tick (there have been a ton of books on the Disney biz model, including this one). So, I thought it was time to take a look-see for a trend or two.

WHAT’S GOT THE ORIGINAL DIRECTOR OF ANNIE BARKING LOUDER THAN SANDY?

There was a little brouhaha brewing last week about the recent revival of Annie that closed in January after a more than respectable 15 month run at the palace-sized Palace Theatre.

What was all the barking about? Here’s the rundown:

The producers of the Broadway production decided not to produce a tour of that production. Why?

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