Friday, August 16, 2019

Why National Roller Coaster Day is Important to Broadway Producers, Writers, and all Theater Makers.

Today is National Roller Coaster Day.  (See, Community Theaters?  I told you that pretty much anything can have a day – especially a great institution like yours.) I wasn’t always a Ro…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

How a TV Ad Got Me to Buy This, but I Still Won’t Buy TV Ads

I bought a car last week. (Makes no sense having a car in the city, I know, I know, but you have a kid and a dream about driving her to a water park and see how quickly you’re visiting Tru…

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

A List I Dreamed About Being On, but Never Thought It Would Happen

One of my missions as a Broadway producer is to make the world understand that Broadway is a business like any other.  It’s not a hobby.  It’s not a game.  It’s not some crazy plac…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 8/11/2019: Summer Days, Drifting Away by Reilly Hickey

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending August 11, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Three Reasons Why College Basketball Is Better Than Pro and What That Has to Do with Theater

Warning:  Sports metaphor ahead.  Proceed at your own risk. If you’ve ever watched basketball, you know that at times, college ball can be a heck of a lot more fun to watch than the pros…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Six Says “Suck It” to Traditional Development Path, Which Is Sick! (In a Good Way)

People ask me all the time why Broadway doesn’t change.  The answer is the same as to why most things don’t change. Fear. See, our business model is super fragile.  It’s like carryin…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 8/4/2019: Hirschfeld Hit

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending August 4, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Why You Should See Every Show in Rave Theater Festival

And just like that, folks, Rave Theater Festival begins performances this Friday and several of the performances are already sold out! I can hardly believe it’s been five months since we …

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Three Ways Community Theatres Can Build a Bridge to Broadway

High school musicals get a lot of attention. Maybe because Disney did a movie about them.  (Actually, Disney did a lot of movies about them.) The irony is, while I don’t have the data to…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

He was not a Prince. He was THE King. Harold Prince (1928 – 2019)

In a corner of my office, in a spot where no one else can see, hangs a letter addressed to me dated May 17, 2000 “from the desk of Harold Prince.” It reminds me of two things . . . the d…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 7/28/2019: Let’s Go to the Movies

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending July 28, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

TREND ALERT: Is the new model for musical revivals on Broadway NOT to be on Broadway?

This past season there were only two musical revivals on Broadway.  And one of the duo was produced by a non-profit. And next season, I only see one comin’ . . . Why the sudden lack?  Ar…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 7/21/2019: The Power’s BACK!

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending July 21, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

The Economic Impact of Touring Broadway 2016-17

“Broadway is the longest street in America.” If you’ve never heard that quote before, attributed to our living legend Paul Libin, who recently retired as an EVP and resident “guru…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

5 Shows That Stand Out at NYMF 2019

It was 15 years ago. Can you believe it? 15 years ago, almost to the day, we started rehearsals for the New York Musical Festival production of Altar Boyz . . . starring Cheyenne Jackson, A…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Forget 15 Minutes a Day to Flatter Abs. Use Those 15 Minutes to Do THIS Instead.

A long time ago, in a galaxy very close to Times Square . . . I was in deep you-know-what. See, I had made a bad business assumption. Actually, that’s redundant. Any assumption is a bad on…

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

SPINOFF ALERT: A New Broadway and Off-Broadway General Management Company

People ask me all the time what I look for when I’m hiring an employee. That’s a complicated question, especially when you need someone with expert knowledge and specific skill sets, nev…

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Broadway Grosses w/e 7/14/2019: We Are Powerless

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending July 7, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Only 26 days until. . .

. . . our inaugural Rave Theater Festival! Did you not know we were producing a brand-spankin’ new Theater Festival? Well, six months ago . . . neither did we!  🙂 But we are, thanks …

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Is THIS a sign of a market correction on Broadway coming?

There have been a lot of closings lately.  Broadway has felt a bit like Barnes & Noble after Amazon took off. Ok, ok, there are always a lot of closing announcements post-Tonys, but so…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 7/7/2019: Closing Time

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending July 7, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Today, we pay respects to the man who gave us Tomorrow, Mr. Martin Charnin.

I loved Annie. Not just the musical.  I’m talking about Annie herself. Her name was A***** L*******, and she was the star of our local community theater production of the cartoon-turned-m…

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 6/30/2019: Moulin Rouge! Dazzles

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending June 30, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

The life and music of Neil Diamond on Broadway. And I’m honored to be producing.

It was last spring.  And I couldn’t have been busier. But when this mentor/friend calls, I pick up the phone.  I don’t care where I am or what I’m doing.  I answer. And this story i…

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

BY THE NUMBERS: Is it the show itself or awards shows in general? by Reilly Hickey

The Tony Awards telecast took some shots from the press this year, many of which I still can’t understand. I enjoyed the show, as I wrote about here, and most theatergoers I spoke to did a…

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 6/23/2019: Mockingbird Soars

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending June 23, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Did you know Judge Judy makes $47 million a year? Here’s why.

Judge Judy hands out judgments to plaintiffs and defendants for a few thousand dollars here and there. Meanwhile, she is raking in 47 million dollars a year. Hard to believe, I know, and the…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 6/16/2019: Hadestown Rivals Hamilton

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending June 16, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

What did you think about the 2019 Tony Award Telecast? Survey says . . .

Hey, all you Tony Awards viewers! There has been a lot of chatter about this year’s Tony Award telecast, and I was super curious about what you, the people who read The Producer’s Perspe…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Why you should Produce/Write/Perform what you DON’T know.

There’s an old adage that doing “what you know” is the fastest way to success. And I believe it. If you have knowledge of a certain area, a certain character, or even a certain culture…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Broadway Grosses w/e 6/9/2019: Winners Claim Prize Money

The following are the Broadway grosses for the week ending June 9, 2019. The Broadway grosses are courtesy of The Broadway League.

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