My personal request to Tony Award Winners.
Yesterday’s blog, as well as my acceptance speech for last year’s Broadway.com Audience Award for Macbeth, was about paying respect to those above-the-title producers out there that may not make the theater their full time profession, but they help make great theater possible.
I couldn’t sleep last night, because I felt a little like I had forgotten someone in my blog-like-thank-you speech. So I thought I’d make up for it today, by imploring our Tony Award winners to say thank you to not just the Lead Producers, and not just the other Above-The-Titles, and not just their parents and their voice teachers and the dude that sold them the hot dog on their way to the callback.
I’d ask all the Tony Winners who are handed a trophy to thank all of those folks, and to also thank all of the folks that invest in Broadway shows, including the little guys that struggle to pony up $10k a show, but they do it, because they love Broadway so much.
The six-figure check writers get a lot of attention
on Broadway in this world, but it’s important to remember that the small investors are what started Broadway (I’m reminded of the Hal Prince producing days, when the staff of the shows used to cash their checks and buy a unit or two), and they’re also what will keep it going. (I also find that the small investor will work his or her butt off in marketing any show they’re a part of.)
While I’m uber-ly grateful for my large investors, I’m just as grateful for my small ones.
And we all should be.
So Tony Winners, take a second to thank everyone that helped get you on that stage . . . including all the Broadway Investors out there.
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