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Birthdays and Broadway Musicals

I had a birthday last week. And as I was reading the messages from Facebook, one of my readers suggested I do a blog about musicals that have birthdays in them and their different vantage points.  Great idea I thought.  So, here goes: GYPSY – Just after the girls grow up and Baby June becomes

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Who licenses musicals?

When I was Associate Producer of a theatre, I remember sitting in a meeting with my boss, the Artistic Director, and several other staff.  We were in the final stages of planning the season for the following years.  What musicals would we produce?  What new shows were available?  What shows were different from the current

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Hiring the right people… especially in the theatre!

I ran a CPA firm for 18 years.   I hired and fired dozens of folks – accountants, bookkeepers, office staff, secretaries, etc.  I learned quickly that hiring, and training staff – and firing, sometimes — are some of the most important and frustrating parts of running a small business.  As I am starting to work

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Star Vehicles!!

I just read that WAR PAINT – the musical on Broadway starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersol – is closing.  The producers also announced that the $11 million dollar musical will not have recouped their investment.  I was not shocked. Sad, but not surprised. I saw WAR PAINT in Chicago during its pre-Broadway try out. 

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What’s in a title?

I have a sign on my wall that says “The title of your musical is your number one marketing tool.”  The title plays an important part of selling your show.  It must tell the audience what they are about to see.  It must give a “hint,” sometimes boldly (think CATS) and sometimes subtly. Sometimes titles

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Broadway Miscast

There are a few events in New York that are a lot of fun for Broadway musical theatre performers.  Most are benefits raising millions of dollars for charities, theatres and disaster relief. One of my favorites is the MCC benefit: Miscast Gala.  The Manhattan Class Company (MCC) is a collection of young artists that produce

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