The Top 10 Best Broadway Moments of 2020: PART II
It took a pandemic for another network (besides our loyal friends at CBS) to give us an hour-long variety special . . . hosted by none other than Tina Fey! “One Night Only: The Best of Broadway” was a gift from the NBC gods. From the Jersey Boys opening to a number from Hamilton as well as performances from new shows like Jagged Little Pill, interviews with our stars like Rob McClure, a peek into the process of making a show, and more . . . this show did its job. It was a rest stop on this long highway of getting Broadway back up and running again. Now, NBC, what do we have to do to convince you to do this event next year??? (You can watch the special here on demand.)
So, I put it on the list. You can see the inspiring and action-initiating talks here.
Oh, and yes, we are doing it again next year. We already have a theme! Ready? It’s . . . “Places, please.” 🙂 Learn more here.
Ok, let’s be honest. Producers and Theaters are still figuring out how they are going to do theater THIS coming summer! And yet Berkshire Theater Group and it’s formidable leader, Kate Maguire, pulled it off LAST summer!
Godspell was the first production in the country to receive approval for production by Actors Equity . . . and even though the show had to pivot 147 times (including a last-minute change to present it outside), they pulled it off. And they got multiple NY Times articles as a result! While press attention wasn’t the goal, it did prove again that figuring out how to do something when no one else can, can get you a lot of attention. Luckily, because of the leadership of Ms. Maguire, that attention was all positive.
Five new musicals and plays are in previews. And last…
Last week we said happy trails to Dear Evan Hansen….
With two fewer shows running in the week ending 9/11/2022,…
This past week we said happy trails to Mr. Saturday…
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.