October 8, 2021: What NYC TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

As most of you know, the theater ecosystem for the development of new plays and musicals is a complex process involving may people and organizations that work to bring a new work to life. While shows often start out their development and nurturing at local or regional theaters, the ultimate goal for many producers is to see their show on Broadway.

When those shows close on Broadway they often head out across the country (and Pittsburgh) as national tours as well as regional, local, community, university and high school productions.

Beanie Feldstein stars in the Broadway revival of Funny Girl

Each week Off-Broadway Broadway Producer Ken Davenport posts his blog What TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . . Since Ken loves to share, we here at onStage Pittsburgh though our readers might like to hear what his thoughts about the state of theater in NYC. We will cross-post Ken’s thoughts each Saturday going forward.

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1 – Broadway Extends Vax Requirement

Even though it may not come as a surprise, our new normal is here to stay. . . at least for right now. The Broadway League has extended its mask and vaccination requirements through the end of 2021. Stay up to date with Broadway’s vaccine requirements below. 

Read more: www.playbill.com 

2 – IATSE Updates

Thankfully, negotiations are back on after a monumental strike authorization vote from IATSE members. Looking forward to a resolution that satisfies both sides and keeps our sister industry working. Stay up to date with the latest union decisions below. 

Read more: www.deadline.com 

3 – Dana H / Is This a Room? Downtown Hits

Almost everything about the current Broadway season is brand new, including the operation inside the Lyceum Theater. Take a look at what it takes to bring two Broadway debuts – Dana H and Is This A Room – to the same theater. . . at the same time. 

Read more: www.nytimes.com  

4 – Diana on Netflix Before Broadway

It’s not news that I’m a major supporter of more streamed theater. I believe the modern day version of a pre-Broadway concept album (basically what Andrew Lloyd Webber did with Jesus Christ Superstar) is a streaming production. Read why the team behind Diana chose to debut on Netflix before Broadway. And then ask yourself, “Would you stream your show before Broadway?”. Let me know why or why not.

Read more: www.hollywoodreporter.com  

5 – TedxBroadway 2022 

I can’t believe it’s been 11 years since the first TedxBroadway. And super kudos to my co-founders Jim McCarthy and Damian Bazadona on their announcement that the next conference will be in March 2022. . . in person and virtually! Get ready to tune in from wherever you are to celebrate and discuss the return of live theater and ask ourselves, “What’s the best Broadway can be?” 

Read more: www.playbill.com 

Fun on a Friday: 

The first trailer for the VERY FIRST revival of Funny Girl has just dropped, featuring Beanie Feldstein in the iconic title role. Hello, Gorgeous indeed! 

Watch the video here:

Beanie Feldstein stars in #FUNNYGIRL—and Broadway audiences are the luckiest people in the world. Access exclusive fan presale tickets through Thursday, October 7 before the public on sale this Friday, October 8 at 10am. https://t.co/O8xwEU04cIpic.twitter.com/9VLUkJXKfz

— Funny Girl on Broadway (@FunnyGirlBwy) October 6, 2021


Davenport has created, produced, and managed shows for the last 15 years.[1] His first ventures as a producer were the three Off-Broadway shows The Awesome 80s PromAltar Boyz, and My First Time, which he also wrote.[3] Davenport’s first Broadway credit as a producer was 13, and since then he has produced over a dozen other Broadway shows, including the first Broadway revival of Godspell, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots, and Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening.[4]

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