Don’t tell me you have the next Broadway hit on your hands. You may have written a great draft of a script, have a brilliant idea for a show, or have licensed a hot movie property or musical catalog. But that alone does not a hit make.
To truly have a hit on your hands you’ll need a whole lot more hands. First, you’ll need just the right development partners for your piece, including an exceptional producer and the ideal directors and designers.
Next, you’ll have to navigate your promising musical through months and years of development, collecting the finger prints of countless creative collaborators.
If all goes well, you’ll find success along the way in the form of positive feedback, production offers, or eager investors. But you still don’t have a hit.
Next, you’ll open your definitive production on Broadway, off-Broadway or at your favorite regional theater. The show is now in the hands of the extraordinary cast, musicians, crew, and no small amount of money and marketing will have been added to the mix.
If you’re right about your show, you’ll sell hundreds or thousands of tickets and audiences will lay down the big bucks to see your musical night after night. Only THEN can you tell me you have a hit.
Until then, tell me you have a new musical that you’re passionate about. Tell me you have ten reasons why audiences will love your show. Tell me why you think we would work well together or ask me for help. Tell me about your successes or talented collaborators.
But unless you are inviting me to your 100th sold out performance (and I hope you do!), don’t tell me you have the next Broadway hit on your hands.