Episode 78 – Tony Award-Winning Stage Manager, Peter Lawrence

No, no, you didn’t read this subject incorrectly.  Peter Lawrence won a Tony Award for his contributions to our industry as a Stage Manager.  And no, no, there has never been a Tony Award category for Best Stage Manager, it’s just that Peter’s work has been so important that the Tony Awards committee gave him an Excellence in Theatre Tony in 2013.

And that’s why I got him as a guest.

Peter has actually been more than a stage manager. He has supervised productions, he has directed productions . . . he’s done a ton . . . and on little bitty shows that you’ve probably never heard of like, oh, Miss SaigonSunset Boulevard, Gypsy (where I met him), Spamalot, Shrek, this season’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and more.

Stage Managers have one of the most unique perspectives in the biz, since they have to work so closely with the creative team and the General Management team, to deliver the best show possible.

Hear how Peter deals with that balance and more including . . .

  • How he lied to get his first job.
  • His summary of what a Stage Manager actually does.
  • The great lesson he learned from Mike Nichols.
  • Why he thinks Directors don’t start off as Stage Managers as much as they used to.
  • What he thinks the “best Broadway year” was.

Prepare to be schooled by one of the best Stage Managers in the biz.

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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.