Friday, March 5, 2021

A Mass for the Author of Mass Appeal, Bill C. Davis. RIP.

Several years ago, when I was on the hunt for star-driven revivals with big topics but small budgets (a strategy I have since abandoned, by the way, because of the still-high-risk, but limit…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, March 4, 2021

The 5 Phases Of Broadway’s Return (and what to watch for).

There are a lot of things that are unknown about our future. Here is what I do know . . . Broadway will not open with 24-hour notice. It’s not like one day you’re going to be walking aro…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

[Webinar Alert] A Top Screenwriting Guru Teaches U How To Structure That Movie U Have ALWAYS Wanted To Write.

There’s a joke that says everyone in Hollywood has an idea for a screenplay. That joke deserves a rewrite.  Because everybody everywhere has an idea for a screenplay. Few get their ideas …

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, March 2, 2021

What you think you want for your show. But you don’t.

In the hundreds of times I have asked TheaterMakers what they want . . . what they truly want . . . what the answer to their theater-making prayers would be . . . can you guess what the answ…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Monday, March 1, 2021

This made me so jealous I could spit.

Forgive me for the deadly sin I’m about to commit. I’m ENVIOUS OF AUSTRALIA! Read this article from the NY Times . . . Broadway in Australia has re-opened with productions of Hamilton, …

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 02:52PM
Thursday, February 25, 2021

How To Build Your Brand For Your Next Show If You Don’t Have One.

When you open a show on Broadway, a pre-existing brand is important and essential. Because when faced with a high-priced decision in a competitive market, a consumer will always, ALWAYS ch…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Wednesday, February 24, 2021

A mentor just said THIS to me.

This one is a quickie, but I had to pass it on, because the words kind of punched me in the face. In a good way. I got off the phone with a mentor of mine just a little bit ago.  This is so…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 03:35PM
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Who I turned to when I wanted to learn this. (And how you can too.) by Reilly Hickey

Last summer, in the midst of my Pandemic Productivity Phase (the other “PPP”), I vowed to finish an idea I had years ago. And it wasn’t a show.  It was a screenplay. I optioned the ri…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, February 18, 2021

Why we are going to need more NEW musicals when the Pandemic is over. by Reilly Hickey

If theater was the stock market, I’d sell revivals short. I know I run the risk of getting a Reddit-like backlash for this blog, but, revivals are becoming more and more a thing of the pas…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Hit The “Pandemic Wall”? You’re not alone. by Reilly Hickey

A great writer reads your mind. They articulate something you’ve been thinking.  But haven’t put it into works.  Or even admitted to yourself. (One of the reasons for Dear Evan Hansen…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, February 11, 2021

My Dad’s EdTA Scholarship Deadline is in less than 8 weeks!

After my dad passed almost one year ago, My wife and I established a fund in his honor called The Dr. Kenny Encouragement Fund. The goal?  To continue on with my dad’s amazing tradition o…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

It was more than just a restaurant. And he was more than just a man. RIP Joe Allen: 1933-2021

The only thing more comforting than being in a business that is so shaky and unstable, that restaurant and the man behind it gave us all something solid underneath our feet. It IS my favorit…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:15AM
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

What does the Bitcoin frenzy mean for Broadway? by Reilly Hickey

Here’s something only a handful of people know: a few investors of mine have used Bitcoin to invest in one of my shows. It was something we were going to release when it happened because I…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Monday, February 8, 2021

How Super Bowl LV was EXACTLY like my first acting class.

I watched Super Bowl LV last night along with close to a kajillion other people around the world. Ok, ok, that was an exaggeration.  Only 148.5 million tuned in.  Which, by the way, is t…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:45AM

My visit with The King, Christopher Plummer. RIP.

I worked with Mr. Plummer for a total of about 30 minutes, while I was at Livent, and we were producing Barrymore. We were backstage, in his dressing room of The Music Box Theater, while he …

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:05AM
Thursday, February 4, 2021

3 Things You Can Learn From Jeff Bezos To Apply To Your TheaterMaking.

Love him or hate him, Jeff Bezos is a genius. He took an online book store in the mid 90s (before 90% of you reading this blog even had internet) to one of the biggest companies in the wo…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM

Rest in Peace, Dustin.

Sad to hear the news about Dustin on Monday . . . When he appeared in the #awesome80sprom years ago, I realized something I would have never known unless I had worked with him on this projec…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 10:30AM
Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Guess what Broadway show is next to be filmed?

Annnnnnnd we got another one! Come From Away becomes the second Broadway show to be shot during the Broadway shutdown.    Filming will begin this spring and its release to be in September…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 04:15PM
Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Yes, someone WILL beat you to your idea.

The answer is yes. If you have ever had an idea for a play, a musical, or heck, even a movie, and you do NOT do it?  Someone else will. It is only a matter of time. That little voice in you…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:45AM

THIS is one of the most disruptive moves on Broadway in decades.

Boom. That sound you heard was an industry shakeup that could change the way Broadway works . . . forever. There have been two major players in the ticketing space on Broadway for . . . ever…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:20AM
Thursday, January 28, 2021

Could this be the new out-of-town tryout?

The costs of a musical out-of-town have risen ‘dramatically’ over the last decade.  Commercial tryouts can cost $5mm. Non-profit enhancements can be $2mm-$3mm. With that kind of price t…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

What the Bridgerton Musical on TikTok means for the future of Musical Theater Writers.

Once can be a fluke. Twice?  Well, some might not call it a trend just yet. But I would.  See, I have this super complicated algorithm I use to determine when something has crossed over. I…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:21AM
Friday, January 22, 2021

DAY 5 RECAP of The TheaterMakers Challenge: Amber Iman, Tony Howell, Me and a SURPRISE GUEST!

Day 5 is in the books and boy did we jam the (not so) final day of the challenge with stuff!  (If you missed yesterday’s announcement, there WILL Be an extra day added to the challenge! …

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 06:04PM
Thursday, January 21, 2021

DAY 4 RECAP of The TheaterMakers Challenge: Susan Blackwell, Laura Camien & Rodrick Covington, an ANNOUNCEMENT! and more!

This challenge is like a freight train! We just wrapped up Day #4 and got incredible tips on not only how to increase the amount of theater you make (even in a pandemic) but also how to make…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 06:00PM
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

DAY 3 RECAP of The TheaterMakers Challenge: Vivek Tiwary, Ryan Scott Oliver and more!

We interrupted our challenge for a couple of hours today to watch a new President take the oath. And well, let’s just say everyone was in a preeeeeetty good mood when we kicked off Day #3.…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 06:00PM
Monday, January 18, 2021

DAY 1 RECAP of The TheaterMakers Challenge: Mandy Gonzalez, Justin Guarini, Kate Rockwell and more.

Well that was fun! (Except for the part where I forgot to unmute myself at the top  . . . but I’m going to listen to one of Mandy Gonzalez’s tips and be kind to myself and move on!) The…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 06:00PM
Sunday, January 17, 2021

Last chance to join 1,500 other TheaterMakers in our challenge.

Facts: It starts in 24 hours. 5 days. 10+ Broadway A-listers including Mandy Gonzalez, Justin Guarini, Telly Leung, James Snyder, Vivek J. Tiwary, Ryan Scott Oliver, Rodrick Covington, Susan…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Saturday, January 16, 2021

Phil Smith (1931-2020): The Chairman of The Shubert Org . . . and perhaps all of Broadway.

I didn’t know exactly who he was when I first met him. But I could tell he was a titan. It was early in my career.  I wasn’t even a Company Manager yet.  I was still an Assistant.  An…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Thursday, January 14, 2021

What the adoption of the vaccine means for Broadway’s return.

I’m a pretty positive guy. But I’ve had more down days in the past 365 than my entire life. Can you blame me? I’ve got three big loves in this world: #1 – My wife. #2 – My daughter…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:00AM
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Top 10 FAQ About Our Theatermakers Challenge (that starts next week!)

Ok, sooooo, you like this challenge idea, don’t you? How do I know you like it? Well, we announced it a week ago, and we already have enough people signed up to fill a Broadway theater!  …

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 12:30PM

Your Favorite Daddy-Daughter Duo Is Back!

I think it’s safe to say that what we need now more than ever is love, hope, and joy. And no one does that better than Mat and Savanna Shaw. Through Friday, January 15th, we’re giving e…

Linked From The Producer's Perspective at 11:10AM

All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre