Thursday, April 9, 2020

Producing

Broadway producers plan for uncertain reopening date

Though Broadway theaters face extended closures, many producers believe their shows will return.  The Broadway League announced Wednesday that theaters would remain closed through June...

‘Jagged Little Pill’ producer Eva Price on weathering the Broadway shutdown

"Jagged Little Pill" was gearing up for Tony Awards season when Broadway theaters were ordered to close on March 12.  Producer Eva Price expects the...

Broadway producers vow that shows will play again

With the shutdown throwing a shadow of uncertainty over all of Broadway, the unprecedented hiatus has the potential to be particularly destabilizing for the...

‘Six’ took on the world. Now it takes on Broadway.

If you’ve got a hit musical on your hands, there’s a natural order to things: First you play the West End and Broadway, then...

The risks and rewards of two-part plays on Broadway

Two-part plays have held sway over producers for decades, promising accolades and speaking to a higher calling of bringing the production to the masses.  And...

‘Beetlejuice’ brings attention to Broadway’s stop clause

The stop clause has been part of Broadway for more than a century. The clause, which enables theater owners to evict a show if grosses...

Producer Paul Blake on what made ‘Beautiful’ work

Paul Blake has a reputation for being able to broker difficult agreements.  The former executive producer of the Muny in St. Louis had made his...

Where politics meets art in ‘Oklahoma!’ and ‘Jagged Little Pill’

Eva Price likes her art to be political. It’s not that it has to address politics directly, but rather it has to resonate with...

Why producers and theater owners turn to holiday bookings

Sometimes on Broadway, you have to mobilize quickly. Take producer Jeffrey Chrzczon. He scored a prime Broadway theater, the Imperial, for his new Christmas-themed show...

Building the ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ empire

At the 2017 Tony Award nominee luncheon, “Dear Evan Hansen” producer Stacey Mindich received some sage advice from Stuart Thompson. “If you win the...

Lively McCabe makes deal with music publisher BMG

Production company Lively McCabe Entertainment has gained access to BMG’s music publishing catalog, the fourth largest music publisher in the world. . As part...

‘Torch Song’s’ path to Broadway

“Torch Song” is heading back to Broadway thanks to an idea that almost simultaneously struck producer Richie Jackson and director Moisés Kaufman: Michael Urie...

Shonda Rhimes, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gabrielle Union-Wade join producing team of ‘American Son’

Shonda Rhimes, Jada Pinkett Smith and Gabrielle Union-Wade have joined “American Son” as co-producers. They join Simpson Street, the producing company of star Kerry...

Shaping the next generation of creative producers

Before “The Band’s Visit” won 10 Tony Awards, its lead producer, Orin Wolf, learned the tricks of the trade from some of the industry’s...

The triumphs and challenges of bringing ‘The Band’s Visit’ to Broadway

“The Band’s Visit” has already been lauded as the best musical of the season by scores of reviewers. The show has been selling out...

Nyle DiMarco tapped as producer for ‘Children of a Lesser God’

Nyle DiMarco, a model, actor and deaf activist, will be a producer on "Children of a Lesser God," lead producer Hal Luftig announced Tuesday. DiMarco...

How ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ went right

“The Play That Goes Wrong” is not the typical Broadway success story, but it has outlasted the competition. The play does not have a star at...