[LESS INFO] 273 VIEWS | ADDED 15:18:56 10/07/09
The panel of performers - David Cassidy and Petula Clark from "Blood Brothers", Julie Harris ("The Fiery Furnace"), Jeff Hyslop ("Kiss of the Spider Woman"), and Joe Mantello and Stephen Spinellafrom "Angels In America" - talk about how their families encouraged them to pursue performing professionally, appearing on a Broadway stage for the first time, differing audience reactions between the West End and Broadway, and working on the multi-part play "Angels in America".
[LESS INFO] 133 VIEWS | ADDED 16:16:45 09/30/09
The panelists - playwright/director Edward Albee ("Marriage Play"), director Arvin Brown ("The Twilight of the Golds"), agent Joyce Ketay, playwright Tony Kushner ("Angels In America"), playwright Timothy Mason ("The Fiery Furnace"), and playwright Jonathan Tolins ("The Twilight of the Golds") - talk about playwrights directing their own work, how directors and playwrights collaborate, gauging audience response, and the evolution of their respective productions.
[LESS INFO] 145 VIEWS | ADDED 19:56:22 09/23/09
"The Kiss of the Spider Woman" production team - producer Garth Drabinsky, lyricist Fred Ebb, composer John Kander, playwright Terrence McNally, director Harold Prince, and actor Chita Rivera - discuss adapting the novel and film, starting as a "New Musicals" development at SUNY Purchase through productions in Toronto and London before reaching Broadway, how the script has changed over the years, the budget required for the long creative process, and the business of producing and marketing a new Broadway musical.
[LESS INFO] 105 VIEWS | ADDED 15:58:23 09/16/09
The design panel - scenic designer John Arnone ("The Who's Tommy"), costume designer Elizabeth Fried ("Brother Truckers"), special effects designer Wendall K. Harrington ("The Who's Tommy"), lighting designer Mimi Jordan Sherin (New York Shakespeare Festival) - moderated by costume designer Patricia Zipprodt ("My Favorite Year"), Professor Tish Dace, and author/designer/producer Jean Dalrymple discuss their creative childhoods; how the role of designers has evolved from directors, stage managers, and technicians; working with varying production budgets; and the colors and projections used in "The Who's Tommy".
[LESS INFO] 119 VIEWS | ADDED 15:13:33 09/09/09
The resident theatre panelists - Randall Arney, Artistic Director of Steppenwolf Theatre; Zelda Fichandler, Artistic Director of the Acting Company; Emily Mann, Artistic Director of McCarter Theater; Mac Pirkle, Artistic Director of Tennessee Repertory Theatre; Michael P. Price, Executive Director of Goodspeed Opera House; and Lloyd Richards, Artistic Director of Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center - discuss the beginnings of regional theatre as a place to develop new plays and playwrights, relationships with commercial theatre, marketing and building a subscriber base, and diversity in playwrights and audiences.
[LESS INFO] 109 VIEWS | ADDED 15:45:29 09/02/09
The panel - director Martin Charnin ("The Flowering Peach"), "Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" playwright Larry L. King and director/co-writer Peter Masterson, choreographer Rob Marshall ("Kiss of the Spiderwoman"), director/writer Lonny Price ("Sally Marr and Her Escorts"), Second Stage Theatre dramaturg/literary manager Erin Sanders, director Robert Jess Roth ("Beauty and the Beast"), Ernest Schier director of the National Critics' Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, and Tazewell Thompson Artistic Director of the Syracuse Stage - talk about the different ways that writers collaborate, the role of a dramaturg, how choreography and directing can be intertwined, developing a production in workshops, and reimagining an animated film as a stage musical.
[LESS INFO] 115 VIEWS | ADDED 18:47:36 08/26/09
The "Beauty and the Beast" production team - press representative Chris Boneau, producer Michael David, associate producer Donald Frantz, production supervisor Jeremiah Harris, producer Robert W. McTyre, marketing consultant Margery Singer - discuss creating a stage musical from an animated film, costume designs, production budget and ticket prices, marketing and publicity including a literacy program, and Disney's plans on Broadway.
[LESS INFO] 145 VIEWS | ADDED 14:36:31 08/19/09
The panel of performers - Michel Bell ("Show Boat"), Charlotte D'Amboise ("Damn Yankees"), Rosemary Harris ("An Inspector Calls"), Audra McDonald ("Carousel"), and Lonette McKee ("Show Boat") - discuss working with elaborate sets, their performing backgrounds, developing technique and discipline, and bringing classics back to the stage.
[LESS INFO] 126 VIEWS | ADDED 16:41:38 08/12/09
The panelists - director/playwright Vernel Bagneris ("Jelly Roll!"), playwright David Ives ("All in the Timing"), actor Nancy Opel ("All in the Timing"), director Lawrence Sacharow ("Three Tall Women"), Playwrights Horizons artistic director Don Scardino ("A Cheever Evening"), choreographer Matthew West ("Beauty and the Beast") - discuss their current productions, the relationship between director and playwright, and the role of a dramaturg.
[LESS INFO] 126 VIEWS | ADDED 15:21:35 08/05/09
The "Damn Yankees" production team - legal counsel Robert Barandes, press representative Peter Cromarty, advertising representative Rick Elice, producers Mitchell Maxwell and Victoria Maxell, and general manager Charlotte Wilcox - discuss obtaining the rights, using a two-level structure of producing starting with an out-of-town production at the Old Globe, the finances of booking a Broadway theater, a new logo for an extensive ad campaign, and how the baseball theme provided many PR opportunities.
[LESS INFO] 151 VIEWS | ADDED 20:25:38 07/29/09
The design panel - lighting designer Beverly Emmons, costume designer Ann Hould-Ward, and scenic designers David Schulder and Tony Walton - and co-moderater lighting designer Jules Fisher talk about where they studied their craft, how the props can overlap with costuming, how lighting design has evolved, the Ridiculous Theatrical Company's production of "Movieland", and a demonstration of Gary Beach's costume from "Beauty and the Beast".
[LESS INFO] 101 VIEWS | ADDED 20:41:49 07/22/09
The panel of performers - Mary Alice ("Having Our Say"), Matthew Broderick ("How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying"), Alan Campbell ("Sunset Boulevard"), Gloria Foster ("Having Our Say"), John Glover ("Love! Valour! Compassion!"), Robert Sean Leonard ("Arcadia"), and Helen Mirren ("A Month In The Country") - talk about how they got started performing, what lessons and training they had, the challenges of working on their current productions, and the playwright's involvement in a production.
[LESS INFO] 149 VIEWS | ADDED 21:33:19 07/15/09
Our guests - John Barlow, Damian Bazadona, Nancy Coyne and Drew Hodges - discuss what is involved in marketing, advertising and publicizing a Broadway show; how they work one-on-one with producers and creative teams; the marketing obstacles they face; who their target audience is; how they handle a show that isn't a hit, or that they don't like; the internet's influence on sales; whether or not a known title helps sell a show; how to sustain the buzz after a show opens; and whether "Broadway" can be sold as a brand.
[LESS INFO] 132 VIEWS | ADDED 20:48:17 07/08/09
The panel - playwright/actor Dan Butler ("The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me"), playwright Tom Dulack ("Breaking Legs"), director Scott Ellis ("A Month In The Country"), playwright Keith Glover ("Dancing On Moonlight"), director Sean Mathias ("Indiscretions"), director Gregory Mosher (Cryptogram), director Lisa Peterson ("Slavs"), and literary agent Jack Tantleff - talk about where they began their careers, playwrights who direct their own work, funding for non-profit and regional theatres, and the role of casting directors.
[LESS INFO] 127 VIEWS | ADDED 20:17:35 07/01/09
The production team of "Love! Valour! Compassion!" - general manager Victoria Bailey, press representative Helene Davis, managing director Barry Grove, director Joe Mantello, playwright Terrence McNally, and artistic director Lynne Meadow - discuss giving playwrights a home at Manhattan Theatre Club, director and playwright working together for the first time, transferring to a Broadway production, ticket pricing, and participating in the Broadway Alliance.
[LESS INFO] 128 VIEWS | ADDED 19:34:56 06/24/09
Goodspeed Opera House's team - director/lyricist Martin Charnin ("Annie"), press representative Max Eisen, associate producer Sue Frost, musical supervisor Michael O'Flaherty, director Charles Repole ("Gentleman Prefer Blondes"), and general manager Howard Sherman - discuss Goodspeed's history and focus on the American musical, the business aspects of a regional theatre, being a part of the community, and the advantages of developing production at a distance from New York.