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Jerry Zaks

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Jerry Zaks & Alice/Will NYers Flee

Len Berman and Michael Riedel In The Morning

8a

38mins

7 Apr 2021

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JERRY ZAKS

Len Berman and Michael Riedel In The Morning

Broadway Director: when will Broadway come back, st james performance, and more

6mins

7 Apr 2021

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Jerry Zaks & Biden/Covid

Len Berman and Michael Riedel In The Morning

8a

33mins

10 Nov 2020

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JERRY ZAKS

Len Berman and Michael Riedel In The Morning

Tony Award Winning Director: Music Man in 2022

7mins

10 Nov 2020

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Jerry Zaks: The Broadway Director

The Sydcast

Episode SummaryIn a seven-year period Jerry Zaks won four Tony Awards for best director. But he wasn’t supposed to even be on Broadway. Getting there meant disappointing his parents, unleashing an innate competitiveness to be the best, and taking giant risks that many others wouldn’t. In our conversation on the Sydcast, Jerry is candid, introspective, and hilarious as he provides a roadmap for young actors and directors – indeed, for anyone crafting a career – by sharing his journey, then and now.  Syd FinkelsteinSyd Finkelstein is the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He holds a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. from Columbia University. Professor Finkelstein has published 25 books and 90 articles, including the bestsellers Why Smart Executives Fail and Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent, which LinkedIn Chairman Reid Hoffman calls the “leadership guide for the Networked Age.” He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Management, a consultant and speaker to leading companies around the world, and a top 25 on the global Thinkers 50 list of top management gurus. Professor Finkelstein’s research and consulting work often relies on in-depth and personal interviews with hundreds of people, an experience that led him to create and host his own podcast, The Sydcast, to uncover and share the stories of all sorts of fascinating people in business, sports, entertainment, politics, academia, and everyday life.  Jerry ZaksJERRY ZAKS was most recently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning production of Hello, Dolly!, Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower, and A Bronx Tale: The Musical.  Mr. Zaks has directed more than 30 productions in New York.  He has received four Tony Awards and eight Tony Award nominations.  He's also received four Drama Desks, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, and an Obie.  He directed the award-winning film Marvin’s Room, starring Meryl Streep and Diane Keaton; and Who Do You Love, which was featured in the Toronto Film Festival.  Mr. Zaks is a founding member, and serves on the board of the Ensemble Studio Theater.  He received the SDC’s George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1967, received an MFA from Smith College in 1969, and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Dartmouth in 1999.  He is a 2013 inductee to the Theatre Hall of Fame.Insights from this episode:Details from Jerry’s early acting days from Dartmouth College to New York City. Benefits of being an actor before becoming a director. Details on being a director; the best and the worst parts of the job.    The overall secret to being successful in any endeavor you choose.Strategies of different productions he has worked on and the challenges and exaltations that come with each show. Quotes from the show: On seeing his first musical: “I was floored by the joy that the experience generated; the laughter, the lights, the music, all of it just transported me in a way that got my attention seriously for the first time in my life.” – Jerry Zaks“It’s impossible to overstate what an awakening going to Dartmouth (College) was.” – Jerry ZaksOn getting his career started in New York City: “One of the things I had going in my favor was ferocious determination and relentless drive to get myself noticed.  I didn’t want to fail.” – Jerry Zaks“You get an opportunity to do well; you get more opportunities.” – Jerry ZaksOn auditioning: “You have to distinguish yourself.” – Jerry Zaks“You can call yourself an actor, but unless you’re actually acting, you feel less than whole.” – Jerry Zaks“It’s amazing how quickly you can get credibility as a director if something you do goes well.” – Jerry ZaksOn the job of directing: “You’re the CEO of the show.”– Syd FinkelsteinHis advice to young people in the industry: “You’ve got to work.  You’ve got to work.” – Jerry Zaks“I’ve rarely worked with anybody that’s a big name that isn’t a tremendously hard worker.” – Jerry Zaks“I think people have very short memories; what they remember is your last successful show.” – Jerry Zaks“It’s hard to describe the sound of an audience that’s been thrilled.” – Jerry ZaksStay Connected: Syd FinkelsteinWebsite: http://thesydcast.comLinkedIn: Sydney FinkelsteinTwitter: @sydfinkelsteinFacebook: The SydcastInstagram: The SydcastJerry ZaksTwitter: @JerryZaksSubscribe to our podcast + download each episode on Stitcher, iTunes, and Spotify. This episode was produced and managed by  Podcast Laundry (www.podcastlaundry.com)

58mins

2 Dec 2019

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#197 JERRY ZAKS, Director

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: BROADWAY'S LIVING LEGENDS » Podcast

Today's podcast is a master class in the art of direction and your instructor is none other than 4 time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, whose onstage credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, Once in a Lifetime, and Tintypes, and most importantly, directing credits that include: The House of Blue Leaves, Anything Goes, Six Degrees of Separation, Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Lend Me A Tenor, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Sister Act, Hello, Dolly, and the upcoming Mrs. Doubtfire and The Music Man. Jerry pulls back the curtain on his career to discuss how a romantic date led to the wonderful world of musical theatre, what are his cardinal rules of directing, and why playing the positive is the greatest note a director can give. Also, Jerry shines the spotlight on Nathan Lane, Neil Simon, and Zero Mostel! ! Become a sponsor of Behind The Curtain and get early access to interviews, private playlists, and advance knowledge of future guests so you can ask the legends your own questions. Go to: http://bit.ly/2i7nWC4 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 13mins

4 Nov 2019

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142 - Jerry Zaks

The Producer's Perspective Podcast with Ken Davenport

Jerry Zaks is a stage and television director, and actor. He won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and Drama Desk Award for directing The House of Blue Leaves, Lend Me a Tenor, and Six Degrees of Separation and the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical and Drama Desk Award for Guys and Dolls. He made his Broadway acting debut in the original production of Grease and made his directing debut with the off-Broadway production of Beyond Therapy. He has also directed many other productions such as Girl Crazy, Stairway to Paradise, 101 Dalmatians Musical, and the Broadway production of Sister Act. His screen credits include Outrageous Fortune, and Husbands and Wives. He received the George Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater in 1994.He’s the go-to guy if you’ve got a musical that’s supposed to make people laugh. And we talked about what it takes to make people slap their knees, as well as . . . How he agreed to direct a show even though he didn’t know what directing really was. The best advice he ever got, which made him change his attitude overnight. Why his rehearsal rooms are CLOSED to everyone but the actors. How (and why) Guys and Dolls wasn’t working and what he and his choreographer did to fix it. What a show has to do within its first ten minutes, or it’s sunk. Once on This Island, Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Check it out here: onceonthisisland.comKeep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33mins

10 Dec 2017

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067: Jerry Zaks | Ferocity for Life

Spartan Up! - A Spartan Race for the Mind!

Growing up as the child of holocaust survivors, Broadway director Jerry Zaks, often found himself overprotected with his family wanting him to enter a “real” profession. At the moment he found his true passion and was happiest his family felt sorriest for him and that he had thrown his life away. But he had inherited from them a ferocious will to live that enabled him to take nothing for granted and propelled him in a vocation in which the odds are stacked up against you. Though not apparent on the surface, performers and directors are Spartans and in this episode Zaks will describe why.Lessons    1.    Seek out the roles in which you best fit and then make fulfilling them a matter of life or death.    2.    Getting the part, whether it be the leading actor or position in a dream job, involves translating your talent into behavior that’s unforgettable.    3.    Protect the possibility of a happy ending for as long as possible.

28mins

8 Dec 2015

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Jerry Zaks

SDCF Podcast Series

Jerry Zaks: Just two months after the opening of his Tony Award winning production of The House of Blue Leaves, Director Jerry Zaks spoke to a packed house at Westside Arts Theater in the first installment of SDCF's three part "Directing for Comedy" lecture series, in July of 1986. One of America's greatest Directors of comedy opens up his process for the audience, taking us step by step from his first read of a script through the perils of keeping comedy fresh over a prolonged run of a show. He expresses his affinity for what he calls "crafted comedy", or moments that he has choreographed meticulously. When explaining the intangible quality of comedic timing, Mr. Zaks teaches us that comedy, by nature, is musical and that the actors he most enjoys working with are comfortable playing within the structure of its strict beat and measure. Above all, he expresses his love for "rich comedy", which he defines as comedy that is always grounded in recognizable human conditions and contains a basic understanding of human needs. As a director who has given us time and again funny, moving and meaningful plays, Jerry Zaks puts in to words the humor inherent to the Human condition, and the importance of connecting intimately to it through theatre. Originally recorded - July 8, 1986. Running Time - 1:30:45 ©1986 SDCF

1hr 30mins

1 Apr 2014

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Gene Saks and Jerry Zaks

SDCF Podcast Series

Gene Saks and Jerry Zaks: As part of the SDCF's Directing Comedy: A Serious Business symposium in April of 2000, the Foundation was privileged to host two master directors of comic plays and musicals for an in-depth discussion on the craft of directing comedy. Gene Saks and Jerry Zaks offered marvelous insights and expertise from their long and illustrious careers. This discussion features commentary on the stars with whom they've worked, collaboration with their favorite playwrights and what it takes to get a laugh. Originally recorded - April 6, 2000. Running Time - 1:31:03 ©2000 SDCF

1hr 30mins

1 Apr 2014

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