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Hosted by Tony Award-winning Producer & Writer, Ken Davenport is now sharing his perspective on all things Broadway TheaterMakers. Follow Ken's new journey as he gives his view on making new musicals and plays, marketing, writing, producing, the Broadway industry and more.

The Producer's Perspective Podcast with Ken Davenport Broadway Podcast Network

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    • 4.6 • 132 Ratings

Hosted by Tony Award-winning Producer & Writer, Ken Davenport is now sharing his perspective on all things Broadway TheaterMakers. Follow Ken's new journey as he gives his view on making new musicals and plays, marketing, writing, producing, the Broadway industry and more.

    An Important Announcement

    An Important Announcement

    Thank you for listening to these conversations over the 6.5 years I've been hosting this podcast.

    We're not saying Goodbye . . . just see ya later!

    Referenced in this episode:


    The TheaterMakers Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/theatermakersstudio



    Continue the conversation: www.instagram.com/kendavenportbway



    The Producer's Perspective: www.theproducersperspetive.com



    About the podcast:
    After 6 years of podcasting with one style, we're shaking it up here - no guests! Just me! I'm giving you micro-episodes with my perspective on Broadway and the comeback on Broadway.

    About me:
    Ken Davenport is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and writer whose credits include Once On This Island (Tony Award), Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Play that Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day (Tony nomination), Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Broadway - Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End), and more, including multiple Off-Broadway productions! Ken’s shows have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world. 
    He is the founder of TheaterMakersStudio.com, a one-of-a-kind "masterclass" community that provides training and inspiration from Broadway's best to writers, directors, producers and more.  
    Ken also serves as the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. Outside of theatre, he has produced award-winning content for both film and TV. Ken’s unique production and marketing style has garnered him international attention in numerous publications, including Vanity Fair and The New York Times.
    Upcoming projects include Broadway Vacation, Joy the Musical, My Life In Pink, Harmony: A New Musical written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, a musical based on the life and songs of Neil Diamond, and a musical based on the life of Harry Belafonte.


    Keep up with me @KenDavenportBway on Instagram.
    Check out my blog for daily content: www.theproducersperspective.com
    This episode was produced by Mary Dina.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 7 min
    Answering 10 FAQs on Broadway Investing

    Answering 10 FAQs on Broadway Investing

    About this episode:
    Before I crowdfunded Godspell, I had a thesis.
    “There are thousands of people out there who would love to invest in Broadway shows . . . they just don’t know how to do it, or who to talk to.”
    Sure enough, when we announced our plans for Godspell, thousands of leads poured in. In between placing all those return calls I remember thinking, “Huh, will you look at that . . . I got this one right.”
    Of course, not all those people invested (in the end we had about 750 investors), but thousands expressed interest and proved my thesis correct.
    And all those thousands of people had questions.
    Five years later, people still have questions about investing in Broadway shows. As I’ve spoken to more and more potential investors, I’ve noticed that many of the questions are the same.
    That’s why I’ve created this FAQ for Broadway Investing. So whether you’re a potential Broadway Investor looking to dip your toes into our theatrical waters, or whether you’re a Producer looking to raise money for your show, I think you’ll find these Qs and their appropriate As helpful.

    Referenced in this episode:


    The TheaterMakers Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/theatermakersstudio



    Continue the conversation: www.instagram.com/kendavenportbway



    The Producer's Perspective: www.theproducersperspetive.com



    About the podcast:
    After 6 years of podcasting with one style, we're shaking it up here - no guests! Just me! I'm giving you micro-episodes with my perspective on Broadway and the comeback on Broadway.

    About me:
    Ken Davenport is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and writer whose credits include Once On This Island (Tony Award), Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Play that Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day (Tony nomination), Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Broadway - Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End), and more, including multiple Off-Broadway productions! Ken’s shows have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world. 
    He is the founder of TheaterMakersStudio.com, a one-of-a-kind "masterclass" community that provides training and inspiration from Broadway's best to writers, directors, producers and more.  
    Ken also serves as the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. Outside of theatre, he has produced award-winning content for both film and TV. Ken’s unique production and marketing style has garnered him international attention in numerous publications, including Vanity Fair and The New York Times.
    Upcoming projects include Broadway Vacation, Joy the Musical, My Life In Pink, Harmony: A New Musical written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, a musical based on the life and songs of Neil Diamond, and a musical based on the life of Harry Belafonte.


    Keep up with me @KenDavenportBway on Instagram.
    Check out my blog for daily content: www.theproducersperspective.com
    This episode was produced by Mary Dina.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 26 min
    Broadway's Advantage To Its Comeback

    Broadway's Advantage To Its Comeback

    About this episode:
    This shutdown has lasted longer than we thought possible.
    And while we're (slowly) reopening now, a year and a half later, there are real reasons why our leadership waited.
    Listen to this 8-minute episode to find out what our advantage is to reopening.

    Referenced in this episode:


    The TheaterMakers Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/theatermakersstudio



    Continue the conversation: www.instagram.com/kendavenportbway



    The Producer's Perspective: www.theproducersperspetive.com



    About the podcast:
    After 6 years of podcasting with one style, we're shaking it up here - no guests! Just me! I'm giving you micro-episodes with my perspective on Broadway and the comeback on Broadway.

    About me:
    Ken Davenport is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and writer whose credits include Once On This Island (Tony Award), Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Play that Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day (Tony nomination), Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Broadway - Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End), and more, including multiple Off-Broadway productions! Ken’s shows have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world. 
    He is the founder of TheaterMakersStudio.com, a one-of-a-kind "masterclass" community that provides training and inspiration from Broadway's best to writers, directors, producers and more.  
    Ken also serves as the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. Outside of theatre, he has produced award-winning content for both film and TV. Ken’s unique production and marketing style has garnered him international attention in numerous publications, including Vanity Fair and The New York Times.
    Upcoming projects include Broadway Vacation, Joy the Musical, My Life In Pink, Harmony: A New Musical written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, a musical based on the life and songs of Neil Diamond, and a musical based on the life of Harry Belafonte.


    Keep up with me @KenDavenportBway on Instagram.
    Check out my blog for daily content: www.theproducersperspective.com
    This episode was produced by Mary Dina.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 11 min
    My Revised Look At What Broadway’s Recovery Will Look Like

    My Revised Look At What Broadway’s Recovery Will Look Like

    Things have changed since May of 2020.
    Shoot, things have changed since yesterday!
    But since May of 2020, when I first posted my “What The Broadway Recovery Will Look Like” series? Well, dang it, can any of you have imagined that we’d only have one Broadway show running a year later?
    Not me. Not me.
    Now that we’ve been through the great theatrical drought of 2020 (thanks, Covid!), I thought it was time to revise my prediction.
    Because, in case I didn’t mention it. Things have ch-ch-ch-changed.

    Referenced in this episode:


    The TheaterMakers Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/theatermakersstudio



    Continue the conversation: www.instagram.com/kendavenportbway



    The Producer's Perspective: www.theproducersperspetive.com



    About the podcast:
    After 6 years of podcasting with one style, we're shaking it up here - no guests! Just me! I'm giving you micro-episodes with my perspective on Broadway and the comeback on Broadway.

    About me:
    Ken Davenport is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and writer whose credits include Once On This Island (Tony Award), Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Play that Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day (Tony nomination), Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Broadway - Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End), and more, including multiple Off-Broadway productions! Ken’s shows have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world. 
    He is the founder of TheaterMakersStudio.com, a one-of-a-kind "masterclass" community that provides training and inspiration from Broadway's best to writers, directors, producers and more.  
    Ken also serves as the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. Outside of theatre, he has produced award-winning content for both film and TV. Ken’s unique production and marketing style has garnered him international attention in numerous publications, including Vanity Fair and The New York Times.
    Upcoming projects include Broadway Vacation, Joy the Musical, My Life In Pink, Harmony: A New Musical written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, a musical based on the life and songs of Neil Diamond, and a musical based on the life of Harry Belafonte.


    Keep up with me @KenDavenportBway on Instagram.
    Check out my blog for daily content: www.theproducersperspective.com
    This episode was produced by Mary Dina.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 11 min
    An Off Broadway Model On Broadway

    An Off Broadway Model On Broadway

    I arrived in New York City during the Golden Age of Off-Broadway. Forever Plaid, Nunsense, And The World Goes Round, Cryptogram, Family Secrets, and more, were a few of the shows running in theaters under 499 seats . . . in commercial productions! And many actually recouped!  

    Referenced in this episode:


    The TheaterMakers Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/theatermakersstudio



    Continue the conversation: www.instagram.com/kendavenportbway



    The Producer's Perspective: www.theproducersperspetive.com



    About the podcast:
    After 6 years of podcasting with one style, we're shaking it up here - no guests! Just me! I'm giving you micro-episodes with my perspective on Broadway and the comeback on Broadway.

    About me:
    Ken Davenport is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and writer whose credits include Once On This Island (Tony Award), Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Play that Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day (Tony nomination), Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Broadway - Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End), and more, including multiple Off-Broadway productions! Ken’s shows have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world. 
    He is the founder of TheaterMakersStudio.com, a one-of-a-kind "masterclass" community that provides training and inspiration from Broadway's best to writers, directors, producers and more.  
    Ken also serves as the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. Outside of theatre, he has produced award-winning content for both film and TV. Ken’s unique production and marketing style has garnered him international attention in numerous publications, including Vanity Fair and The New York Times.
    Upcoming projects include Broadway Vacation, Joy the Musical, My Life In Pink, Harmony: A New Musical written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, a musical based on the life and songs of Neil Diamond, and a musical based on the life of Harry Belafonte.


    Keep up with me @KenDavenportBway on Instagram.
    Check out my blog for daily content: www.theproducersperspective.com
    This episode was produced by Mary Dina.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 12 min
    The Best Advice I Received At The Start of the Broadway Shutdown

    The Best Advice I Received At The Start of the Broadway Shutdown

    At the beginning of the pandemic, I called everyone I knew for advice. I’m talking big time theater people, as well as big time business people.
    I got amazing advice. And it reminded me how important it was to ask for advice from others who are at places in their lives where you want to be. (And not just from a business “producer’s perspective” . . . but from a family perspective, a health perspective, a spiritual perspective, and more.)
    One of the best pieces of advice I got was . . . “Ken, the people and companies who are going to come out of this ahead are the ones who are going to make use of this time.”

    Referenced in this episode:


    The TheaterMakers Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/theatermakersstudio



    Continue the conversation: www.instagram.com/kendavenportbway



    The Producer's Perspective: www.theproducersperspetive.com



    About the podcast:
    After 6 years of podcasting with one style, we're shaking it up here - no guests! Just me! I'm giving you micro-episodes with my perspective on Broadway and the comeback on Broadway.

    About me:
    Ken Davenport is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and writer whose credits include Once On This Island (Tony Award), Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Play that Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day (Tony nomination), Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Broadway - Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End), and more, including multiple Off-Broadway productions! Ken’s shows have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world. 
    He is the founder of TheaterMakersStudio.com, a one-of-a-kind "masterclass" community that provides training and inspiration from Broadway's best to writers, directors, producers and more.  
    Ken also serves as the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group. Outside of theatre, he has produced award-winning content for both film and TV. Ken’s unique production and marketing style has garnered him international attention in numerous publications, including Vanity Fair and The New York Times.
    Upcoming projects include Broadway Vacation, Joy the Musical, My Life In Pink, Harmony: A New Musical written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, a musical based on the life and songs of Neil Diamond, and a musical based on the life of Harry Belafonte.


    Keep up with me @KenDavenportBway on Instagram.
    Check out my blog for daily content: www.theproducersperspective.com
    This episode was produced by Mary Dina.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

MA Rasmussen ,

Winner every time

I’m hooked! I’ve listened to 43 podcasts so far- many of them a number of times. Ken’s guests are insightful, delightful, and the whole experience is inspiring. This is my personal introduction to Broadway one guest at a time.

WhitMoGo ,

Too many commercials

The podcasts recently have been about 70% commercials. I love the content but either beef up the content of cur down on the commercials.

Adaumbelle ,

A true insider's look into Broadway

I love this podcast! Ken Davenport gives a true insider's look into Broadway and what it takes to put a show together.

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