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This past week in New York, I attended private workshops led by Broadway stage manager James Latus and Broadway actress Madeline Doherty. Notable production stage management credits of James Latus include Indecent (current), Jitney, and Hamilton. Notable Broadway credits of Madeline Doherty include Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (current), Sister Act, Gigi, Les Miserables, and the OBC of Producers. Both professionals were extremely insightful about living in the city and pursuing a professional career in the performing arts. I was extremely impressed by how generous both of them were with their time and spirits. They both emphasized the importance of human interaction and connections within the arts community and how their careers have been affected by connections they have made throughout their lives. I was surprised to learn that the all of Broadway is a capitalist system, which differs from most regional non-profit theaters such as the Guthrie. It is the primary goal of Broadway producers to make money. Lots and lots of money. This impacts the job of the stage manager as they are more heavily “micro-managed” (Jame’s words) by producers in order to maintain the show which in turn should ensure reviews are similar in note and tone which results, of course, in increases ticket sales.

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Comment by Dudley Voigt on June 23, 2017 at 2:35pm

Cool experience and perspective!  Thanks for sharing!


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