Podcast Episode #4 – Tony Award winning playwright Terrence McNally explains it all.
I first met Terrence McNally when I was the Associate Company Manager on Ragtime, although I felt like I had known him for years before. There’s just something about his work . . . the characters, the language, the intimacy, the comedy infused with the tragedy . . . that feels like a friend who holds your hand and says, “Come, I want to show you something . . . and you won’t be the same after you see it.”
Since then I’ve been honored to produce two McNally works; last season’s Mothers and Sons and this season’s big fat Broadway hit, It’s Only A Play.
And what was even a bigger honor was when Terrence accepted my invitation to be my fourth guest on my Producer’s Perspective podcast. And oh, what an interview it was. Terrence is celebrating his 50th year on Broadway, and you can bet he learned a lot of what to do and what not to do along the way. And he shared some of that with me, so I can share it with you. In addition, hear him talk about . . .
- How he spent his first night in New York City (I’ll give you a hint – he saw a show)
- The difference between writing a play and a musical
- How new playwrights can get discovered
. . . and so many more pearls, he’d make an oyster jealous.
So listen in, my friends, whether you’re a writer or not, Terrence has a lot he can teach us all.
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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.