Favorite Quotes Vol. XXXII: Why Smash is great, whether you like it or not.

It must be close to the end of the scholastic year, because I’ve gotten a few more emails than usual from high school and college students (including one from China) asking me for quotes or looking for answers to questions for the end-of-term papers about Broadway and Off-Broadway.

My favorite one came from a young man who lives in the great state of Texas, and it went something like this:

“My name is Elijah and I am a theatre student at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. We are currently doing a project on theatre jobs and I chose to do mine on the job of a producer because I’ve been watching too much Smash.”

As I wrote about in this blog from 2009, one of the great effects of dramatic entertainment is its ability to inspire.

And hopefully, Smash will continue to inspire young men and women like Elijah to learn more about producing . . . and maybe they’ll find out they like it . . . and want to do it.

Because the more people we have producing, the better our business and the better our art.


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Ken created one of the first Broadway podcasts, recording over 250 episodes over 7 years. It features interviews with A-listers in the theater about how they “made it”, including 2 Pulitzer Prize Winners, 7 Academy Award Winners and 76 Tony Award winners. Notable guests include Pasek & Paul, Kenny Leon, Lynn Ahrens and more.