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Ken Davenport's popular blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, is now a podcast! On each episode, Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer Ken Davenport interviews a Broadway industry professional to get their perspective on The Great White Way.Collectively, guests on The Producer's Perspective Podcast have won more than 76 Tony Awards, 12 Grammy Awards, 7 Academy Awards, 5 Emmy Awards, and 1 Pulitzer Prize.

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Ken Davenport's popular blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, is now a podcast! On each episode, Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer Ken Davenport interviews a Broadway industry professional to get their perspective on The Great White Way.Collectively, guests on The Producer's Perspective Podcast have won more than 76 Tony Awards, 12 Grammy Awards, 7 Academy Awards, 5 Emmy Awards, and 1 Pulitzer Prize.

    Live From The Pandemic: ASMERET GHEBREMICHAEL

    Live From The Pandemic: ASMERET GHEBREMICHAEL

    Welcome to the miniseries, The Producer's Perspective LIVE! From The Pandemic.
    Inspired by my podcast and check-ins with friends, I started The Producer’s Perspective LIVE! I started going live every night at 8pm with a superstar TheaterMaker to check in with them and see how they were doing and how this pandemic has affected them. 
    Many shared how they’ve been keeping those creative juices flowing, sharing many fun memories, raising money and awareness for The Actors Fund and other charitable organizations needing our support. We even started sharing ‘something to make you smile’ by featuring a new music video one of you in the community produced, directed, wrote, performed in!
    In this episode, I sit down with one of my favorite people - Asmeret Ghebremichael (West End's Dream Girls, Broadway's Book of Mormon & Legally Blonde). After running into each other in London a few years ago, we reunite on my livestream to talk about what she's up to during quarantine, racial equality in the industry, and more!

    Watch the replay of this episode: https://youtu.be/JtLD0IbbQrw
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    About Asmeret Ghebremichael:
    Asmeret Ghebremichael was most recently seen on Broadway in The Book of Mormon. Her other Broadway credits include Wicked, Legally Blonde, Elf, Spamalot and Footloose. Off-Broadway, she's been seen in Lone Star Love, In the Heights and Sweet Charity. In 2017, she took on the role of Lorrell Robinson in the West End production of Dreamgirls. Ghebremichael appeared in NBC's The Wiz Live! and has also been seen on screen in Submissions Only and Confessions of a Shopaholic.

    The Producer's Perspective LIVE! and this podcast episode was produced by Mary Elizabeth Dina.
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    • 37 min
    Live From The Pandemic: MICHAEL ARDEN & ANDY MIENTUS

    Live From The Pandemic: MICHAEL ARDEN & ANDY MIENTUS

    Welcome to the miniseries, The Producer's Perspective LIVE! From The Pandemic.
    Inspired by my podcast and check-ins with friends, I started The Producer’s Perspective LIVE! I started going live every night at 8pm with a superstar TheaterMaker to check in with them and see how they were doing and how this pandemic has affected them. 
    Many shared how they’ve been keeping those creative juices flowing, sharing many fun memories, raising money and awareness for The Actors Fund and other charitable organizations needing our support. We even started sharing ‘something to make you smile’ by featuring a new music video one of you in the community produced, directed, wrote, performed in!
    In this episode, I catch up with Tony-nominated Director MICHAEL ARDEN and Broadway and TV Actor ANDY MIENTUS. In this episode, we talk about Andy's book series "The Backstagers", what Zoom rehearsals and readings look like as a Director vs an Actor, and Michael teases the early ideas of a his drive-in theater experience (now called: The Forest of Arden).


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    About Michael Arden:
    MICHAEL ARDEN is a Tony-nominated director for his revival of Spring Awakening. The acclaimed production transferred from Deaf West Theater in Los Angeles to Broadway in fall 2015. He also won the Outer Critics Circle for Outstanding Director of a Musical and was nominated for a Drama Desk award for the production. Michael made his Broadway debut in Deaf West Theater and the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Big River. Other directing credits include My Fair Lady at Bay Street Theater; Merrily We Roll Along at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles, where he is currently the Artist in Residence; LA Ronde for his company, the Forest of Arden; and For the Record: John Hughes in LA and NYC. His production of The Pride opened at the Wallis Annenberg Center in June 2017. Other theatre credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Times they are a Changin', Ragtime (Avery Fisher), It's Only Life, Swimming in the Shallows, Ace, Juno, As You Like It, The Winter's Tale, The Secret Garden, Pippin (Mark Taper Forum), and Aspects of Love at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Michael's film work includes Source Code, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Bride Wars and So B It. He has also worked extensively in TV, most notably on FX and Fox's "Anger Management." Other TV credits include "GCB," "Nurse Jackie," "Royal Pains," "Unforgettable," "Off the Map," "Kings," "The Closer," "The Forgotten," "Bones," "The Return of Jezebel James," "Cashmere Mafia," "Grey's Anatomy," and "NUMB3RS." Concert work includes singing with Barbra Streisand, Chris Botti, and performances at 54 BELOW, Feinstein's at the Regency and Joe's Pub. Michael is an alum of The Interlochen Arts Academy and The Juilliard School.

    About Andy Mientus:
    Andy Mientus makes his theatrical writing debut with Burn All Night. Together with his husband, Michael Arden, he conceived Deaf West Theatre’s Tony Award-nominated revival of Spring Awakening, in which he also acted at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles and the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway. As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at theaters such as The Mark Taper Forum and The Kennedy Center, and on television. He has twice been named in Out Magazine’s list of the 100 most compelling LGBT people of the year. Education: Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, University of Michigan. 


    The Producer's Perspective LIVE! and this podcast episode was produced by Mary Elizabeth Dina.
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    • 22 min
    Live From The Pandemic: JENN COLELLA

    Live From The Pandemic: JENN COLELLA

    Welcome to the miniseries, The Producer's Perspective LIVE! From The Pandemic.
    Inspired by my podcast and check-ins with friends, I started The Producer’s Perspective LIVE! I started going live every night at 8pm with a superstar TheaterMaker to check in with them and see how they were doing and how this pandemic has affected them. 
    Many shared how they’ve been keeping those creative juices flowing, sharing many fun memories, raising money and awareness for The Actors Fund and other charitable organizations needing our support. We even started sharing ‘something to make you smile’ by featuring a new music video one of you in the community produced, directed, wrote, performed in!
    In this episode, I catch up with Tony-nominated Actor JENN COLELLA. In this episode, we talk through her time with Come From Away, how she got started with Urban Cowboy, and her tips for actors on staying positive during this time (but really this advice is great for ALL TheaterMakers!).


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    About Jenn Colella:
    Jenn Colella is a Tony-nominated actor known for her roles in Come From Away, If/Then, and Urban Cowboy. She attended Columbia College, graduating with a degree in speech and drama. She carried on her studies at the University of California, Irvine, where she earned her MFA in Acting.
    She initially started her career in the stand-up comedy circuit in Los Angeles, playing iconic venues such as the Laughy Factory and the Comedy Store, before she decided to branch out into musical theater. She made her Broadway debut as Sissy in Urban Cowboy in 2003 and her off-Broadway debut in The Great American Trailer Park Musical in 2005. She spent the next years of her career mainly between Broadway and off-Broadway with her most notable credits being Chaplin and High Fidelity on Broadway, and Slut, Lucky Guy, and Closer Than Ever off-Broadway.
    She joined the cast of If/Then alongside Idina Menzel in 2013 which, after out-of-town tryouts, transferred to Broadway in 2014. Her journey with Come From Away began at La Jolla Playhouse in California in 2015, portraying a handful of roles including Flight Captain Beverley Bass. The show transferred to the Great White Way and began performances on February 18, 2017. She earned a Tony nomination and won a Drama Desk Award for her efforts. She played her final performance in the show on November 10, 2019.

    The Producer's Perspective LIVE! and this podcast episode was produced by Mary Elizabeth Dina.
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    • 24 min
    Live From The Pandemic: KENNY LEON

    Live From The Pandemic: KENNY LEON

    Welcome to the miniseries, The Producer's Perspective LIVE! From The Pandemic.
    Inspired by my podcast and check-ins with friends, I started The Producer’s Perspective LIVE! I started going live every night at 8pm with a superstar TheaterMaker to check in with them and see how they were doing and how this pandemic has affected them. 
    Many shared how they’ve been keeping those creative juices flowing, sharing many fun memories, raising money and awareness for The Actors Fund and other charitable organizations needing our support. We even started sharing ‘something to make you smile’ by featuring a new music video one of you in the community produced, directed, wrote, performed in!
    In this episode, I catch up with Tony Award-winning Director KENNY LEON. We chat through how he stays so positive during quarantine, what is the #1 show he wants to do in the near future, and who are some up & coming theater makers he wants to see succeed.

    Watch the replay of this episode: https://youtu.be/yPpktaqc74U
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    About Kenny Leon:
    KENNY LEON (Director) is a Tony Award winning Broadway and film director. His Broadway credits include the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington(Tony Award Winner for Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival), The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys, August Wilson's Fences (which garnered ten Tony nominations and won three Tony Awards including Best Revival), the 2004 revival of A Raisin in the Sun with Sean P. Diddy Combs, Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golf and the 2014 premiere of Holler if You Hear Me, a new musical created using the music of Tupac Shakur. Leon's recent film work includes "In My Dreams" for Hallmark Hall of Fame, "The Watsons go to Birmingham" for Walden Media and Hallmark, and the Sony and Lifetime TV adaptation of "Steel Magnolias". Leon is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2010 Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing by the Drama League of New York

    The Producer's Perspective LIVE! and this podcast episode was produced by Mary Elizabeth Dina.
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    • 19 min
    Live From The Pandemic: JASON ALEXANDER

    Live From The Pandemic: JASON ALEXANDER

    Welcome to the miniseries, The Producer's Perspective LIVE! From The Pandemic.
    Inspired by my podcast and check-ins with friends, I started The Producer’s Perspective LIVE! I started going live every night at 8pm with a superstar TheaterMaker to check in with them and see how they were doing and how this pandemic has affected them. 
    Many shared how they’ve been keeping those creative juices flowing, sharing many fun memories, raising money and awareness for The Actors Fund and other charitable organizations needing our support. We even started sharing ‘something to make you smile’ by featuring a new music video one of you in the community produced, directed, wrote, performed in!
    In this episode, I catch up with 'Seinfeld' star JASON ALEXANDER who I haven't seen since we recorded our original podcast episode together in March 2019.

    Watch the replay of this episode: https://youtu.be/RQDgFr_MI1Y
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    About Jason Alexander:
    Jason Alexander is an American actor, comedian, singer, and director. He is best known for his role as George Costanza in the television series "Seinfeld", for which he was nominated for seven consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. Other well-known roles include Phillip Stuckey in the film "Pretty Woman", comic relief gargoyle Hugo in the Disney animated feature "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", and the title character in the animated series "Duckman". He has also made guest appearances on shows such as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel".
    Jason has had an active career on stage, appearing in several Broadway musicals, including Jerome Robbins' Broadway in 1989, for which he won the Tony Award as Best Leading Actor in a Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. He appeared in the Los Angeles production of The Producers. He was the artistic director of "Reprise! Broadway's Best in Los Angeles", where he has directed several musicals.

    The Producer's Perspective LIVE! and this podcast episode was produced by Mary Elizabeth Dina.
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    • 23 min
    Live From The Pandemic: JORDAN FISHER

    Live From The Pandemic: JORDAN FISHER

    Welcome to the miniseries, The Producer's Perspective LIVE! From The Pandemic.
    Inspired by my podcast and check-ins with friends, I started The Producer’s Perspective LIVE! I started going live every night at 8pm with a superstar TheaterMaker to check in with them and see how they were doing and how this pandemic has affected them. 
    Many shared how they’ve been keeping those creative juices flowing, sharing many fun memories, raising money and awareness for The Actors Fund and other charitable organizations needing our support. We even started sharing ‘something to make you smile’ by featuring a new music video one of you in the community produced, directed, wrote, performed in!
    In this episode, super star JORDAN FISHER ended his 8-hour day of streaming on Twitch to join my livestream!! Having only met once in an audition, I was excited to sit down with him and talk about the current state of the industry. What I did not expect was to learn so much about TWITCH and the world of streaming for gamers.

    Watch the replay of this episode: https://youtu.be/NLzGW9Rsc80
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    About Jordan Fisher:
    Jordan Fisher is a multi-faceted artist whose talent knows no boundaries. Jordan's abilities as an actor, singer/songwriter, dancer, choreographer and musician spans everything from TV to music to film and, most recently, Broadway. In 2017, Jordan took home the Mirror Ball alongside partner Lindsay Arnold on ABC’s 25th season of “Dancing With the Stars”. Jordan has starred in such TV shows as “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, “Liv and Maddie” and MTV’s “Teen Wolf”. He also starred in (and contributed music to) the television movie “Teen Beach Movie” (2013) and its 2015 sequel before being hailed as the breakout star by MTV and People Magazine of FOX’s Emmy-winning broadcast of “Grease: Live” in 2016.
    In 2015 Jordan released his first single, “All About Us,” which was produced by Oak Felder (Alessia Cara, Arianna Grande, Rihanna) and which melded influences of pop, soul and R&B. The song was the #2 most added at pop radio. In August 2016, Jordan released his self-titled EP, which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Heatseeker album chart.
    In addition to his role in “Grease: Live”, Jordan scored a pair of collaborations with Lin-Manuel Miranda, performing a duet with him on "You're Welcome" from Disney's Moana, as well as joining the cast of Miranda's smash hit Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton.
    Jordan is voicing the role of Seahawk in Netflix’s reboot of the classic animated series “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”. He is currently Co-Hosting Dancing With the Stars Jr. alongside Frankie Muniz which premiered October 7, 2018 and is gearing up for several other exciting projects in 2018. www.jordanfisherofficial.com


    The Producer's Perspective LIVE! and this podcast episode was produced by Mary Elizabeth Dina.
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    • 31 min

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