Podcast Episode 87 – Six-Time Tony Award-Winning Producer, Richard Frankel

When I was building my business, I looked around at other Broadway production companies to get ideas for the type of company that I wanted to have . . . from the products they produced, to the structure of the company, to the people and the partners.

And I always came back to Richard Frankel.

Richard came up through the ranks of Broadway, before winning his six Tonys for shows like The ProducersHairspray, and Company.  And he sat down with me to talk to me about just how he built his company, as well as . . .

  • How he and his partners raised money for their first show in an afternoon.
  • Why he prefers to do things (GM, booking, etc.) in house.
  • How he got Mel Brooks to give him the chance to produce The Producers (and it was a lot easier than you think).
  • Why he prefers small investors to big investors.
  • The origins of the premium ticket and why it’s important to have them.

If you’re building a company . . . or you’re just interested in hearing how one of the most successful Broadway production companies survives and thrives in our ever-changing environment, listen in to Mr. Richard Frankel tell 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.