Ken Davenport's Producer Perspective on Refunds

Broadway producer Ken Davenport posed an interesting point in his Producer’s Perspective blog post today about how the no-refund policies most theaters implement on their ticket sales is an old-fashioned way of doing business.

I thought that his opinion on the matter was refreshing.

Check out his post at the link above.

Anonymous said: Hi! I was wondering how hard it was to meet Leighton Meester or Neil Patrick Harris at the stage doors of their shows? Do they usually take pictures? Do they only sign playbills? Is it necessary to attend the show? Thank you!

Hello :)

I haven’t attempted the stage door for either show so I can’t say from first hand experience in these particular cases.

However, from what I have heard, Leighton Meester hasn’t been coming out to greet the crowds.

The word about NPH is that he does come out and sign A LOT after the last performance of the night. If you go to the 7pm performance on Saturday he won’t come out after the show because there isn’t enough time to greet the crowds and then prepare for the 10pm show.

Pictures…you can snap photos while he is signing but he most likely won’t stop to pose with each person since the crowds have been pretty massive.

Do you need to see the show…possibly not. At both How To Succeed (with Daniel Radcliffe) and Lucky Guy (Tom Hanks) there were barriers put up on either side of the stage door. One side was for people lining up before the show let out and the other was for people coming out of the show. As I remember, Dan & Tom signed the very front row from both barriers and then got into their cars.  If you don’t see the show you will have to get to the theatre pretty early in order to get a good spot on the barrier.

I hope this info helps a bit.

Hurry over and stage door these shows soon because Neil Patrick Harris is leaving Hedwig (to be replaced by Andrew Rannells) on August 17th and Of Mice and Men’s run ends this coming weekend.

The summer between my sophomore and junior years of college I interned at the company that produced Elaine Stritch at Liberty.
I never had the opportunity to meet Elaine Stritch in person but I heard so many stories about her from my co-workers that summer that I felt I had.  And when she won her Tony that year, I remember being so happy for her.
She was a tough lady- knew how to get what she wanted - and a true legend of the theater.
Elaine Stritch you will be missed.

The summer between my sophomore and junior years of college I interned at the company that produced Elaine Stritch at Liberty.

I never had the opportunity to meet Elaine Stritch in person but I heard so many stories about her from my co-workers that summer that I felt I had.  And when she won her Tony that year, I remember being so happy for her.

She was a tough lady- knew how to get what she wanted - and a true legend of the theater.

Elaine Stritch you will be missed.

Duncan Sheik's American Psycho Musical to See American Premiere at Second Stage

fafana20:

imatheatergeek:

Please please please let Matt Smith be reprising his role for the New York run!!!!

Carole Rothman, the artistic director of Second Stage, also noted that the production would have an all-American cast […]. [Source]

Too bad! :(

Oh well. I’m still interested in seeing the show and it will be much easier to get tickets without having to race other Whovians to the virtual box office.  Would have been fun to see Matt Smith on stage though. Another day another show maybe.

fafana20 Thank you for the info.

Duncan Sheik's American Psycho Musical to See American Premiere at Second Stage

Please please please let Matt Smith be reprising his role for the New York run!!!!

My good friend, Seth Bisen-Hersh (who is the reason I got to go backstage after seeing Matilda on Broadway), is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a limited Off-off-Broadway run of his musical Love Quirks. 

Love Quirks is an original musical about the perils of dating in New York City.  The songs, which I will be posting here over the next couple of weeks and are available via iTunes from the concept album, are contemporary, wonderfully raunchy, and very relatable.

The theatre location and cast are all in place and with 21 days to go they have raised about 58% of the money needed in order to make the production a reality!  So ANY contribution helps!

Seth Bisen-Hersh is a composer/lyricist who has a great deal of experience working within the New York theatre community as a pianist, accompanist, musical director, and vocal coach.  He recently won an award for his lyrics for the show More to Love which played as part of the West Village Musical Theatre Festival.  His “pet” projects, other than Love Quirks, include his two annual benefit concerts Broadway Meows and Broadway Can, and his web series Every Day A Little Seth.  

I’ll be interviewing Seth, as well as some of the cast members during the remainder of the campaign so please let me know if you have any questions (about being a working actor in NYC, about writing a musical, about the process of getting a show produced, etc.) and I will be sure to have them answered for you.

Had a great time seeing @OnceMusical again (3rd time!) yesterday afternoon.  Paul Alexander Nolan (@_PaulNolan) and Jessie Fisher (@Jessie_BBA) along with the rest of the cast were fantastic at the stage door.  AND…

Spotted @juddapatow on the line waiting to get into the theater!  

I’m too much of a New Yorker to have interrupted him and his daughter so a back of the head picture was all I got but his twitter (along with the cast) confirmed that he was in the audience.

I think that I’m the only person who recognized him…

imatheatergeek:

Attempting the #Hedwig lottery.
Wish me luck!

Didn’t win this afternoon.  Ah well…maybe next time.

imatheatergeek:

Attempting the #Hedwig lottery.

Wish me luck!

Didn’t win this afternoon.  Ah well…maybe next time.

Attempting the #Hedwig lottery. 

Wish me luck!

Attempting the #Hedwig lottery.

Wish me luck!

Listening to the Once album in prep for seeing it this afternoon. Love My TheaterMania Gold Club membership and the quiet 4th of July weekend city.

A Wicked Supercut of Elphabas "Defying Gravity"

My two Elphabas, the ones I saw on Broadway, were Eden Espinosa (not shown in the video) and Kerry Ellis (the blonde in the recording studio).

Interesting to note that the only Glinda that is included is Kristin Chenoweth. 

Shakespeare-In-The-Park-ing with Mom!

6:15a and we’re settled in to our spots on line. This is the closest to the front we’ve ever been!

Extraordinary! Sasha Allen & Kyle Selig Will Star in the National Tour of Pippin

Love hearing news about my old classmate, Sasha Allen! 

She is going to be phenomenal as the Lady Leading Player - make sure to check her out if you live in one of the cities on the tour.  More info HERE

And the winner of my Tony Awards Pool is…

I actually had a tie with two people guessing correctly in 18 of the 26 categories.  

However, based on my tie breaker questions, the victor is charlotteog who said that A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder would win the most awards for a musical with 4 Tonys.  (Hedwig actually tied with 4 awards as well.)