May 5, 2016

CPA Theatricals Blog

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  • Birthdays and Broadway Musicals

    I had a birthday last week. And as I was reading the messages from Facebook, one of my readers suggested I do a blog about musicals that have birthdays in them and their different vantage points.  Great idea I thought.  So, here goes: GYPSY – Just after the girls grow up and Baby June becomes […]

  • Who licenses musicals?

    When I was Associate Producer of a theatre, I remember sitting in a meeting with my boss, the Artistic Director, and several other staff.  We were in the final stages of planning the season for the following years.  What musicals would we produce?  What new shows were available?  What shows were different from the current […]

  • Hiring the right people… especially in the theatre!

    I ran a CPA firm for 18 years.   I hired and fired dozens of folks – accountants, bookkeepers, office staff, secretaries, etc.  I learned quickly that hiring, and training staff – and firing, sometimes — are some of the most important and frustrating parts of running a small business.  As I am starting to work […]

  • Star Vehicles!!

    I just read that WAR PAINT – the musical on Broadway starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersol – is closing.  The producers also announced that the $11 million dollar musical will not have recouped their investment.  I was not shocked. Sad, but not surprised. I saw WAR PAINT in Chicago during its pre-Broadway try out.&nbs […]

  • What’s in a title?

    I have a sign on my wall that says “The title of your musical is your number one marketing tool.”  The title plays an important part of selling your show.  It must tell the audience what they are about to see.  It must give a “hint,” sometimes boldly (think CATS) and sometimes subtly. Sometimes titles […]

  • Broadway Miscast

    There are a few events in New York that are a lot of fun for Broadway musical theatre performers.  Most are benefits raising millions of dollars for charities, theatres and disaster relief. One of my favorites is the MCC benefit: Miscast Gala.  The Manhattan Class Company (MCC) is a collection of young artists that produc […]

  • Theatre as art and art as theatre…

    Every summer I try and visit one of the museums in our wonderful city.  Chicago has some of the best in the world, and my favorite is the Art Institute of Chicago.  I visited the museum last week during some down time. My visits are almost always the same.  I go and see my favorit […]

  • A Different Perspective – Pt 2

    This blog is called part 2 because I wrote a similar blog over a year ago. Click HERE to read it. I live in a location where there is a lot of traffic and so I walk a lot –  to the grocery store, drug store, restaurants, etc.  My yoga teacher often talks about trying […]

  • Hamilton… FINALLY!

    I was in a summer theatre training program  and I was in rehearsal for “Twelfth Night” (yes, there was a time when I did plays as well as musicals.)  And our teacher, who was a mature student studying advanced acting at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, was directing the Shakespeare comedy.  She was giving direction […]

  • Summer – ahhhhhhhh

    I love summer, and this summer in Chicago has been exceptional.  Very few days over 100 degrees, plenty of wind and, oooooh, the lake looked so beautiful. Summers used to be the time when I did summer stock, where I performed in 5 or 6 musicals in just a couple of months.  I remember thos […]


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