This Week on Broadway: Sunday May 3, 2009
James Marino, Matthew Murray and Michael Portantiere discuss what is happening in the NYC theater scene.
Michael Portantiere is a regular contributor of theater interviews, reviews, features, and photos to BroadwayStars.com and AfterElton.com. Also an adjunct professor of theater at Wagner College on Staten Island. He is also a co-author with Gerard Alessandrini of a new coffee table book on FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, set to be published by Applause in October. You can find Michael at FollowSpotPhoto.com for info on his photographic services: theatrical headshots, production photos, event photos.
Matthew Murray is the Chief New York Reviewer for Talkin Broadway and a columnist at BroadwayStars.
Guest: Ken Davenport, Broadway Producer
Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Inc.
Recently hailed as the “P.T. Barnum of Off-Broadway” in the New York Times, featured on a national commercial for the iPhone, and named one of Crain’s Forty Under 40 for 2008, Ken is the only independent producer to have three shows running simultaneously Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom and My First Time Ken also produced the Broadway Productions of 13, Speed The Plow with and without Jeremy Piven, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America and Blithe Spirit with Angela Lansbury. Prior to his career as a Producer, Ken was a Company Manager and General Manager for many Broadway productions and National Tours including: Gypsy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, Jekyll & Hyde, Cinderella, Ragtime, Showboat, Candide, and many others. Ken is currently adapting the novel and film Somewhere in Time into a Broadway musical and filming a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country, Red Wanting Blue.
— Start Ken Davenport interview
1) Text messaging
3) Next to Normal / reasons to be pretty
4) What is Ken’s media strategy?
6) Independent Theater Bloggers Association
8) Who are the people to watch?
— End Ken Davenport interview
9) Accent on Youth – David Hyde Pierce
10) Waiting for Godot – Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman, John Glover
11) 9 to 5 – Allison Janney, Marc Kudisch
12) Matthew went back to see Billy Elliot today… why?
13) Tony nomination thoughts?