Broadway Features and Reviews
Do You Want To Be A Producer?
By Christopher Moore, Broadway Magazine
"MEN WANTED: FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. SMALL WAGES, BITTER COLD, LONG MONTHS OF COMPLETE DARKNESS, CONSTANT DANGER, SAFE RETURN DOUBTFUL. HONOUR AND RECOGNITION IN CASE OF SUCCESS. SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON"
Adventurer Ernest Shackleton's call to arms could easily be applied to the upcoming 3 day conference by the Commercial Theater Institute on producing for the commercial theatre. Without question, the life of a Broadway producer is rich with highs and lows, difficulty and triumph. For the past 26 years, the Commercial Theater Institute has presented the most significant program for individuals interested in producing for the commercial theatre. "Producing For The Commercial Theatre" is an introduction to anyone interested in producing a show. The alumni of successful producers from this workshop is impressive, and the program remains the single most important one of its kind anywhere.
At its core, the program brings together successful producers with those just starting to dabble in producing for Broadway, Off Broadway, touring shows or regional productions. The program takes place May 2-4 at New World Stages and is open to anyone interested in producing or investing in commercial productions. The program for this year is packed with top talent and compelling topics.
Included in the workshop will be Producer David Stone (Wicked) on the topic of "Why Produce At All?", General Manager Abbie Strassler (Spring Awakening) on "Budget Production Analysis", Producer Roy Miller (The Drowsy Chaperone) on "Producing for the Road", Ted Chapin (of The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization) on "Creative Development & Exploitation of Material", Producer Tom Viertel (Hairspray, The Producers) on "Script and Story Development for Musicals", Producer Bill Haber (Ostar Productions) on "Options for Development", Producer Kevin McCollum (Avenue Q, Rent) and Producer Barry Weissler (Chicago) on "Creative Producing", and Todd Haimes (Roundabout Theatre Company) on "Working with Creative Teams".
The fee for the entire workshop is $435. This includes all events from lectures to wine and cheese networking events with the speakers. It is truly a must-do for anyone curious about getting more involved in the commercial world of Broadway and beyond. For more information or to register for the CTI seminar, visit www.commercialtheaterinstitute.com or contact the CTI office at (212) 586-1109.
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Ernest Shackleton, Commercial Theater Institute, David Stone, Abbie Strassler, Spring Awakening, Roy Miller, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ted Chapin, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization, Tom Viertel, Hairspray, The Producers, Bill Haber, Ostar Productions, Kevin McCollum, Avenue Q, Rent, Barry Weissler, Chicago, Todd Haimes, Roundabout Theatre Company