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The Producer's Perspective Podcast with Ken Davenport

Hosted by Tony Award-winning Producer & Writer, Ken Davenport is now sharing his perspective on all things Broadway TheaterMakers. Follow Ken's new journey as he gives his view on making new musicals and plays, marketing, writing, producing, the Broadway industry and more.

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138 - Kwame Kwei-Armah

Kwame Kwei-Armah is a British actor, playwright, director, singer and broadcaster. In 2005 he became the second black Briton to have a play staged in the West End of London. Kwei-Armah's award-winning piece Elmina's Kitchen transferred to the Garrick Theatre in 2005. He became the chancellor of the University of the Arts in London on 7 March 2011. He has been the Artistic Director of the Baltimore Center Stage Theatre since 2011. His other works include voicing Mtambo in The Lorax, Fix Up, Blues Brother Soul Sister, Statement of Regret, Let There Be Love, Seize the Day, Beneatha's Place, and One Love: The Bob Marley Musical.Listen in to hear Kwame chat about his experience in Baltimore, his upcoming gig, as well as . . . Why a lack of jobs for him and his actor friends made him pick up a pen and write, even though he had never written a play before. How a mentor helped give him his start . . . and why we ALL need a mentor! Why he doubled down on studying and mastering writing AFTER he had a hit . . . (Most people would sit back and surf on their early success, but not Kwame.) How a political point influences all his writing . . . and then why he hides it. What the @#$% can we ALL do about diversity. Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30mins

12 Nov 2017

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50 - Joe Mantello

Joe Mantello is an actor and director best known for his work on Broadway productions of Wicked, Take Me Out and Assassins, as well as earlier in his career being one of the original Broadway cast of Angels in America. He began his theatrical career as an actor in Keith Curran's Walking the Dead and Paula Vogel's The Baltimore Waltz. He directed the Jon Robin Baitz play Other Desert Cities at the Booth Theater in 2011. He returned to acting for the first time in over a decade with the role of Ned Weeks in the Broadway limited engagement revival of The Normal Heart in April 2011, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award as Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play. Other shows he has directed include the Off-Broadway world premiere of the musical Dogfight, the Broadway premiere of The Other Place, and Sting's new musical The Last Ship. What did Joe and I chat about?  Listen in to hear: Why Joe loathes auditioning Actors, but what he looks for. How he forgot who Julia Roberts was weeks after working with her . . . and why that was a good thing. How he dealt with failure by returning to his roots, which bounced him back to better than he was before. What Norbert Leo Butz told ME about the tryout of Wicked and whether or not Joe agreed. How he “pivoted” (oooh, such a buzzy business word) from a Broadway Actor to a Broadway Director and how you can transition from one job to another too. Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

14 Dec 2015

Rank #2

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22 - Kevin McCollum

Kevin McCollum is an American theatrical booking executive and producer of musical theater and plays, many on Broadway. During a producing career spanning over twenty-five years, he has received three Tony Awards for Best Musical for In the Heights, Avenue Q, and Rent. Other producing credits include Motown the Musical (Broadway and tour), The Drowsy Chaperone (five 2006 Tony Awards), Baz Luhrmann's La Bohème (two 2002 Tony Awards), the hit revival of West Side Story (2009), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (2011), and [title of show] (2008).Listen in to this podcast to hear Producer Kevin McCollum talk about everything from . . . Why his formula for success is no formula at all. What Cameron Mackintosh said to him when Kevin auditioned for Les Miserables. Why raising money is still a lot of work, no matter how many shows you recoup. His simple advice for anyone looking to start producing today. His message for every politician in every small town in America. Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

1 Jun 2015

Rank #3

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172 - Sierra Boggess

Sierra Boggess is a theater actress and singer, best known for originating the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid on Broadway and for her multiple appearances as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. She also originated the role of Rebecca Steinberg in the 2015 Broadway production of It Shoulda Been You, and performed the role of school principal Rosalie Mullins in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical adaptation of School of Rock. Other roles include Love Never Dies (Christine Daaé); Master Class (Sharon Graham); Les Misérables (Fantine); and Love, Loss and What I Wore (Various Characters).If you haven’t seen Sierra perform, then, well, you’ve missed out on seeing someone do exactly what they are supposed to be doing with their life. Her way with a song, a lyric, or just an introduction is as entertaining, uplifting or as heartbreaking as she wants . . . and she makes it all seem so easy. It’s no wonder why Disney tapped her for The Little Mermaid. Hear Sierra talk about all that, as well as … The big risk she took to get the role of Ariel and what put her over the edge in the room. How she stays positive when the business disappoints her, through no fault of her own. Her style of working with writers on new musicals and how that has changed over the years. (And she’s currently in Atlanta on a pre-Broadway tryout of Ever After!) Why she created “Light Lessons” for artists and everyone. (Click here to check them out. I’ve got a set on my desk.) Marketing for Performers: What’s important, necessary . . . and what isn’t. This week’s podcast is sponsored by the Heartland Brewery which opened in New York in 1995, and back then, our city was not the hotbed of brewpubs, beer bars, and beer drinking it is today. Since then, Heartland Brewery has grown into the largest group of brewpubs in the region. They’ve got locations here, in Times Square, in Midtown West, and the Empire State Building.. Visit the Heartland Brewery at heartlandbrewery.com.Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

7 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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16 - Bernie Telsey

Bernard Telsey is a casting director and co-founder of MCC Theater. In the 1980s, he began working for Simon & Kumin Casting as an assistant, then a casting director at Risa Bramon & Billy Hopkins Casting. Shows his company has cast include (Broadway) Rent, Wicked, In the Heights, South Pacific, Hairspray, Rock of Ages, Equus, Legally Blonde, A Catered Affair, The Homecoming, Talk Radio, November, Grey Gardens, The Color Purple, The Rocky Horror Show, All Shook Up, Tarzan, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, (Off-Broadway) reasons to be pretty, 50 Words, Almost an Evening, and De La Guarda. He has cast for several theatre companies including the Atlantic Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, New York Theatre Workshop, Drama Dept, ACT in San Francisco, La Jolla Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, and Goodman Theatre. Films cast include Rachel Getting Married, Sex and the City, Margin Call, Across the Universe, Dan in Real Life, Pieces of April, Rent.Rent established Telsey as someone who casts unconventional shows, which got him assigned to cast The Capeman. He is notable for discovering Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, and Jesse L. Martin.Telsey has also served for seven years as the New York Vice-President of the Casting Society of America. Listen to this podcast and hear: Why a Casting Director is just like a Designer. What it was like seeing Idina Menzel audition for Rent before she was Idina Menzel. How talent has changed in the last twenty years. What Bernie looks for when actors walk in the room. The difference between casting theater and tv/film. And oodles more . . . Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

19 Apr 2015

Rank #5

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9 - Jordan Roth

Jordan Roth is an American theater producer. He is the president and majority owner of Jujamcyn Theaters in New York City. Roth oversees five Broadway theatres including the St. James, Al Hirschfeld, August Wilson, Eugene O'Neill, and the Walter Kerr.Theater owners are the curators of Broadway. They are the protectors of the tradition. They guarantee all of our futures. And Jordan Roth, President of Jujamcyn Theaters, takes that responsibility seriously. Listen in to hear . . . Jordan’s “three bucket challenge” if you want a show in one of his theaters (which seems to be working well, since four of the five Jujamcyn theaters host Tony Award winners for Best Musical). How coming out affected his choice of a career. How his first show as a Producer, the interactive The Donkey Show, still stays with him in everything he does. His simple solution for one of Broadway’s greatest challenges – the lines at the bathroom. Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

1 Mar 2015

Rank #6

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187 - Michael Mayer

Michael Mayer is an American theatre director, filmmaker, and playwright who won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2007 for directing Spring Awakening, which also won the award for Best Musical. He was nominated for the 2002 Tony for his direction of Thoroughly Modern Millie, which he then directed on London's West End. Mayer also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical for both Spring Awakening and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other Broadway credits include The Lion in Winter, the 1999 revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Side Man, the book for the musical American Idiot. He directed the first Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which opened in 2014. His off-Broadway directing credits include Stupid Kids, Baby Anger, View of the Dome, and the New York premiere of Antigone in New York.Michael has put a few more Tony-Award winning shows on his resume, including Spring Awakening, and we talked about all the show(s) he has captained, as well as: The GOOD review that made him stop reading reviews altogether. Why he convinced everyone to wait for Neil Patrick Harris to be available for Hedwig and how we got that performance out of him. How he can still feel like a fraud, even with a Tony Award on his shelf, and how he gets through that when he starts a new show. Plays versus musicals and the skills you need for both. The day he knew to hang it up as a performer because there were bigger things that he could do. And if you like the podcast, feel free to give it a great rating and review on iTunes!Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

29 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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3 - Nina Lannan

Nina Lannan, Broadway General Manager, Executive Producer and the co-founder of Bespoke Theatricals and has a line of management credits longer than the lines at women’s restroom at intermission that include all sorts of shows from Cats to Mamma Mia! to School of Rock. I learned so much during my few years as her management foot soldier, and I wanted you to get just a sample of what I got every single day, which is why I asked Nina to be the first GM guest on my podcast. And boy did she not disappoint.Listen to the podcast and hear Nina discuss: How Cats went more than a million dollars over budget, and couldn’t pay their bills. The difference between producing/managing in The West End compared to Broadway. The importance of not getting pushed around, even if you make a mistake. What super long running show she’s budgeting for a revival right now – that’s right guys, Nina gives us some scoop! Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

29mins

18 Jan 2015

Rank #8

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169 - Rachel Chavkin

Rachel Chavkin is a stage director, best known for directing the musicals Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 and Hadestown. She has directed and created many works for The TEAM, including award-winning and internationally touring plays, such as Roosevelvis, Mission Drift and Architecting. She has also directed shows such as Three Pianos, The Royale, and Lempicka.Rachel and I talked about being an in-demand director as well as . . . How performing 10-minute pieces helped her find her directorial voice. The difference between teching a show on Broadway and teching a show anywhere else. Why she’s ok with a messy rehearsal process and how it helps. Why she doesn’t like to give advice. Her reaction to the immersive movement and her part in it. This episode of The Producer’s Perspective Podcast is sponsored by Daniel Rader Photo. Daniel Rader is available for production photos, events, and headshots.” Check him out/Reach out to him – www.danielraderphoto.com / @danielraderphoto on Instagram. Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

2 Dec 2018

Rank #9

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143 - Catherine Zuber

Catherine Zuber is a costume designer for the Broadway theater and opera, among other venues. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, and has been referred to as "one of theater's most sought-after costume designers on both coasts." Her Broadway credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Tony nomination), Born Yesterday (Tony nomination), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Cry-Baby, Dracula, Frozen, Twelfth Night (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), Ivanov, Triumph of Love (Drama Desk nomination), The Sound of Music and The Red Shoes among others. She has designed costumes for some 57 Off-Broadway plays and musicals including The Cherry Orchard (2009), The Winter's Tale (2009), As You Like It (2010), The Tempest (2010) and Richard III (2012).During our Saturday morning chat, Catherine and I did NOT talk about threading needles, but we did talk about: How she was terrible at sewing when she started . . . and that did NOT impact her ability to design. Why her favorite costumes aren’t the most beautiful. Technology’s impact on costume design . . . for better, but also for worse! Why costumes for the theater are so much different than costumes for film. How 21st-century playwrights are changing how designers must create clothes. Listen in to Ms. Zuber school me on costume design, and I promise, no matter where costume design ranks on your list of “Theater Things You Know,” it’ll go up after this thirty-five minute Tony winner’s master class.Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34mins

17 Dec 2017

Rank #10

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13 - Tom Kirdahy

Tom Kirdahy is a Tony and Olivier Award-winning theatre producer on Broadway and in the West End as well as a lawyer. After almost 20 years of providing free legal services to people with HIV/AIDS, he transitioned into theatrical producing with productions including Anastasia, Head Over Heels, Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), It's Only a Play, and The Visit (Tony nomination) on Broadway, and The Inheritance (Olivier Award for Best New Play), The Jungle, Master Class, and Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? in the West End. He recently produced the musical, Hadestown, which opened on Broadway in 2019 and subsequently won 8 Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical. He is the producer of the Olivier Award-winning play, The Inheritance, on Broadway and a new 2019 off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors.  He also recently produced the Broadway revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, starring Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon.Listen in to hear: Why being a Producer means taking advantage of an opportunity when it presents itself. How to work with stars and how not to work with stars. Whether or not he goes into the chat rooms during previews for a new show. How being a lawyer helped him be a Producer. Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

29 Mar 2015

Rank #11

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184 - Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is often described as the "best actress of her generation", she is particularly known for her versatility and accents. Nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards, she has won three. Among other accolades, she has received 32 Golden Globe nominations, more than any other person, and won eight. In 1976, she received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and A Memory of Two Mondays. In 1978, she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the miniseries Holocaust. Streep went on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs. Kramer, and the Academy Award for Best Actress for Sophie's Choice and The Iron Lady. Streep's other Oscar-nominated roles include Silkwood, Out of Africa, Evil Angels, Postcards from the Edge, One True Thing, Music of the Heart, Adaptation, Doubt, August: Osage County, Into the Woods, and The Post. We recorded this ‘cast on my phone (apologies in advance for the less than perfect audio, but frankly get over it – you take Meryl when you can get Meryl)  Her handler grabbed her after about 10 minutes so it isn’t a long one . . . but hey, it’s Meryl Effin’ Streep!During our 10 minutes, we talked about . . . How she chooses material . . . when she can do anything she wants. The craft and importance of playing a diverse set of roles. How she’s still honored to be nominated for Academy Awards, even though she’s been nominated 21 times! Why the theater will always be her first love. And yes, why She WOULD consider starring in a revival of Mamma Mia! Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

5mins

1 Apr 2019

Rank #12

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184 - Jason Moore

Jason Moore is a director of film, theatre, and television. He directed the musical Avenue Q, which opened Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre and then moved to Broadway in July 2003. He was nominated for a 2004 Tony Award for his direction. Moore directed the 2005 Broadway revival of Steel Magnolias and Shrek the Musical. For television, Moore has directed episodes of Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill, Everwood, and Brothers & Sisters. In 2012, Moore made his film directorial debut with Pitch Perfect. He also served as an executive producer on the sequel.  He directed the film Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.On this episode, we talked about that plan and how it flies in the face of conventional wisdom, as well as . . . Why assistant directing or searching for your own projects is the fastest path to success for a Director. What Broadway can learn from Hollywood and vice versa (this is turning into a favorite question of mine for those with a foot on both coasts). What it’s like directing a bio-musical where the songs can’t change, compared to a totally original musical like Avenue Q where everything can change. Reviews and how they can help (or not). How directing on Broadway has changed since he got his start. This week's episode is brought to you by Will Jellicorse Photography. Will Jellicorse is a photographer and videographer who specializes in capturing subjects in unique portrait, landscape and aerial forms. He is available for booking, freelance and collaboration opportunities of any size. Check him out at www.willjellicorse.com.Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

8 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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129 - Tom Kitt

Tom Kitt is a composer, conductor, orchestrator, and musician. For his score for the musical Next to Normal, he shared the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Brian Yorkey. He has also won a Tony Award and Outer Critics Circle Award, and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for American Idiot and Everyday Rapture. Other theatrical works include High Fidelity, If/Then, Bring It On, Freaky Friday (musical), 13, and From Up Here. He has also worked on projects outside of theater including the arrangements for multiple Green Day albums, Penny Dreadful, and Pitch Perfect 2.Tom Kitt’s story could be a movie. This podcast with Tom is like the DVD commentary on that movie. We had a frank conversation about his journey including: How to choose an idea to turn into a musical. How a “10 Minute Musical” exercise at BMI changed his life, and how you can use the same exercise. What he went through after High Fidelity closed quickly, and how he got back to work. Why he isn’t on social media. (Artists, take heed!) What he has learned from working with Green Day, Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles and so many pop-rock writers. Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

10 Sep 2017

Rank #14

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177 - Tom Viertel

Tom Viertel has produced a wide range of plays and musicals on and off Broadway, in London and on tour for over 30 years, including Hairspray, The Producers, A Little Night Music, The Encounter, Young Frankenstein, Little Shop of Horrors, The Weir, The Sound of Music, Smokey Joe’s Café, Driving Miss Daisy, and many others. He is a member of the Board of Governors, Government Relations, and Tony Management Committees of The Broadway League and a Trustee of the Equity-League Pension Funds. With his partners, Richard Frankel, Steve Baruch, and Marc Routh, he owns Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club. He is the Executive Director of the Commercial Theater Institute, which provides a comprehensive curriculum in producing for Broadway. We talked about how producing has changed over the years as well as: What’s wrong with Off Broadway today? And can it be fixed? How to learn from the shows that don’t work. The most important skill a Broadway Producer must have. The advantages of taking small investors and how he built his database. What real estate and Broadway producing have in common. This week's episode is brought to you by Broadway Roulette, the fun and easy way to see a Broadway show. You pick the day and eliminate up to 6 shows you've already seen or don't want to see. Then they send you to a surprise show that fits your criteria. Check it out at: www.broadwayroulette.com.Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56mins

11 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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5 - Drew Hodges

Drew Hodges is a designer, strategist and founder of New York's SpotCo, a creative agency known for the iconic branding of Broadway shows Rent, Chicago, The Book of Mormon, Hamilton, and many more.If you asked me what the one skill I think a modern day Producer should have, it’s marketing . . . which is why this podcast is a crucial one for you to listen to. Listen to Drew talk about . . . His process for creating the art for a show. What he thinks about research and focus groups. Are they the future? Or should you forget about ’em? How Producers should work with their agencies, and how they shouldn’t. Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34mins

1 Feb 2015

Rank #16

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183 - Jennifer Tepper

Jennifer Tepper is producer of the musicals Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter, and Love In Hate Nation. She is also the Creative and Programming Director at Feinstein's/54 Below, and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. She is the creator of The Jonathan Larson Project and historian consultant on the upcoming film version of tick, tick...BOOM!  Other credits include projects, shows, and educational initiatives with The National Alliance for Musical Theatre, The Producing Office, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, TEDxBroadway, The Dramatists Guild, Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, New York City Center, the Broadway Green Alliance, and New York University.Listen in and hear her talk about: How she made a decision to take the plunge and produce BMC. Her gift of getting people to talk to her, how it got her career started, and how it also led to these terrific books. What her dream job is . . . (I bet she’ll have it at some point!) How she got started with producing and how she encourages other young Producers to get started too. How it has felt not only being one of the youngest Producers on Broadway but also being one of the youngest female Producers on Broadway. This episode of The Producer’s Perspective Podcast is sponsored by Sunlight Studios. Right in the heart of the Theater District, it doesn’t get more convenient than this. To book a studio today, please visit sunlightstudios.com. Use code DAVENPORT to receive a 5% discount on bookings until April 11. Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32mins

25 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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167 - Jack Viertel

Jack Viertel is the senior vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns and operates five Broadway theaters. He has been involved in dozens of productions presented by Jujamcyn since 1987. He has also helped shepherd six of August Wilson’s plays to Broadway. He is the artistic director of New York City Center’s acclaimed Encores! series. He conceived the long-running Smokey Joe’s Cafe, as well as the 2018 hit Prom, and has been a creative consultant on many shows, including Hairspray, A Christmas Story, and Dear Evan Hansen. We talked about the terrific reviews for Prom, and his thoughts on original musicals, as well as . . . How working as a critic made him a better Producer. What every single musical absolutely needs in order to work . . . and his example of a show that gets away without it. The role of the theater owner – how it has changed over the years. What former NEA Chair and Jujamcyn Theater President Rocco Landesman said to him after a flop that he still takes with him to this day. What made him want to give it all up years ago . . . and how he got through that. After you listen in, make sure you pick up his book, The Secret Life of the American Musical (a great holiday gift) to read more.This week's episode is brought to you by Copacabana Coffee, a well-known online, high quality coffee store. Check them out at: copacabanacoffee.comKeep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41mins

18 Nov 2018

Rank #18

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4 - Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally is an American playwright, librettist, and screenwriter. He has received the Tony Award for Best Play for Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class, as well as the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Kiss of the Spider Woman and Ragtime. He is a 2018 inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is a recipient of the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award as well as the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to his award-winning plays and musicals, he also written two operas, multiple screenplays, teleplays, and a memoir.Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally shares stories and advice from his 50+ years on Broadway including: How he spent his first night in New York City (I’ll give you a hint – he saw a show) The difference between writing a play and a musical How new playwrights can get discovered And more! Keep up with me: @KenDavenportBwaywww.theproducersperspective.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

25 Jan 2015

Rank #19

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192 - Chad Beguelin

Chad Beguelin wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book for The Prom. He also wrote the book for Disney's Aladdin, as well as additional lyrics for the score. He is also known for having written the lyrics and co-written the book for the Broadway musical The Wedding Singer and the lyrics for the Broadway musical Elf the Musical. Beguelin was nominated for two Tony Awards for his work on The Wedding Singer, as well as a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics.Listen in to this podcast, and you'll hear about this season’s breakout original hit, The Prom, his experience with failure, writing original musicals versus adaptations, and how to have confidence as a writer as well as: The pros and cons of writing original musicals versus adaptations of big, branded source material. How he settles “differences of opinions” with his collaborators . . . from Alan Menken to Matt Sklar. The importance of having confidence as a writer, even when you are just starting out, and when those around you have more experience. What award season is like when you’re up against your friends and peers. What he looks for in a producer and why. We are taking a break on this podcast! Don't worry . . . we will be back on September 9th with a brand new, very exciting season! This episode is sponsored by The Long Room, the Irish gastropub with an extensive beer menu featuring craft, domestic & international brews. Visit The Long Room today!  www.thelongroomnyc.com Follow Chad: @ChadBegKeep up with me during the break: @KenDavenportBwayThis podcast was edited by Stanley Wiercinski.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41mins

3 Jun 2019

Rank #20