What I do the day after the Tony Awards.
For everyone in the biz, the day after the Tonys is a busy one, especially if you have a new show running. Wraps are analyzed, new ads are placed, closing notices are prepped . . . and all through the fog of a few hours sleep and a Broadway-sized hangover.
Whether or not I have any or all of the above to do, or whether or not I won, lost, was or was not nominated, I always make sure I do one thing the day after the Tony Awards.
I take a cue from Hal Prince.
The morning after he opened a show, Hal always made sure he cleared his calendar for one very important meeting.
Was it the ad meeting for the show that opened? Was it a budget meeting with his GM to see how they ended up?
It was a production meeting . . . for his next show.
As he talks about in his biography (which is one of the best – and I recommend it for anyone looking to be a Producer/Director of Theater Anything), one of his traditions was to always schedule a meeting about whatever show was next on his docket for the “day after” whatever show he was working on. Doing this made sure he:
- Didn’t revel in the previous night’s success (if it was a success)
- Didn’t sulk from the previous night’s failure (if it was a failure)
- Always had another project ready to go, because he knew part of success is just about continuing to DO.
So the morning after this year’s Tony Awards, I had one meeting for a new show that I haven’t mentioned to anyone, and I spent an hour coming up with 3 ideas for other shows that I wanted to do. The Tonys always inspire me to want to do more, and I let them . . . and use that inspo as fuel for what’s coming next.
There’s a reason why Hal has 21 Tonys on his mantle. Yes, it’s because he is uber talented and could direct a 2nd Grade production of “Bunny, Bunny, Where’s The Bunny?” and make Ben Brantley weep . . . but it’s also because he understands that the secret of success is not celebrating it. It’s just doing what you do . . . and letting whatever happens, happen.
Do it enough, and with enough passion, and the success will catch up with you. I guarantee it.
(Got a comment? I love ‘em, so comment below! Email Subscribers, click here then scroll down to say what’s on your mind!)
– Only 29 performances of Macbeth remain! Get tix.
– The next Broadway Investing 101 Seminar is on July 13th. Click here to register.
– Win tickets to the world premiere of Falling for Make Believe. Click here!
Broadway, known for its dazzling performances and captivating storytelling, has…
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.