In Showbusiness, It’s Not About Who You Know

Date July 23, 2013

A common adage in showbiz (or anything really) is, “It’s all about who you know.” But I’m sorry to tell you, this statement won’t get you very far. It’s relatively easy to cross paths with Broadway stars, toast with a big name producer at a party, shake hands with a top casting director at a [...]

Life’s a Pitch

Date February 21, 2013

If you want a career in musical theater, you better embrace your inner Harold Hill. Because to make it in the business, we all have to be salesmen (sales people?) peddling our wares. If you aren’t willing to make the pitch, as Harold Hill would say, “Ya Got Trouble.” This came up recently because I [...]

Do You Have Musical Theater Trust Issues?

Date November 27, 2012

I was coming up out of the Subway into Times Square the other day and, not surprisingly, was thinking about new musicals. Just then, I witnessed the perfect metaphor for the writer – producer relationship in musical theater. You’ve probably seen this very thing before if you’ve ever taken the subway… The elevator was broken [...]

Beck Borrows From Broadway “Play” Book

Date August 28, 2012

I’ve been following news about pop star Beck’s new album, Song Reader – I know, I know, it’s not musical theater, but hear me out… He and his band aren’t actually recording a note, instead, they’re releasing the entire thing as sheet music. It’s getting lauded for it’s neo-retro concept and rightfully so – no [...]

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