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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 Ken Davenport

    • Performing Arts
    • 4.5 • 130 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.

    "How Bumble Helps Me Make Theater"

    "How Bumble Helps Me Make Theater"

    In February, Whitney Wolfe Herd became the youngest female billionaire on the planet. And she did it by breaking into one of the most competitive markets around . . . online dating.
    Whenever anyone breaks through ceilings like Whitney, the first thing I do is jump up and down for them and tell as many people as I can. Then I try to learn from them, and how they bust through the barrier. . . and then tell as many people about that so they can learn from it too.
    If you want to read more of my thoughts on this topic, go to my blog.

    Referenced in this episode:


    Bumble: www.bumble.com



    Whitney Wolfe Herd: @whitney



    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
    "5 Things I Learned About Social"

    "5 Things I Learned About Social"

    My team and I tested social media trends and found what is working and what's not working. And today, I'm sharing 5 of our findings with YOU.
    If you want to read more of my thoughts on this topic, go to my blog.

    Referenced in this episode:


    Rachel Hollis: www.thehollisco.com


    Brock Johnson: www.instagram.com/brock11johnson


    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

    • 23 min
    3 Reasons Social Distancing Doesn't Work For Theater

    3 Reasons Social Distancing Doesn't Work For Theater

    I am sharing my perspective on why social distancing doesn't work for the theater.



    If you want to read more of my thoughts on this topic, go to my blog.

    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

    • 15 min
    New Actors Equity Association Protocols

    New Actors Equity Association Protocols

    I am responding to the NEW protocols released by Actors Equity Association for the return of live theater.
    As reported by Phillip Boroff (formerly of Bloomberg News and now of his own Broadway Journal), those protocols include things like:

    Mass transport cannot be used. A private car and driver must be provided for every AEA member reporting to/from rehearsal (Uber and Lyft services do not qualify).

    Members must be put up in hotels if they don’t live alone.

    3 required tests before rehearsals begin, each of which must be paid for by the Producer and cannot be covered by the Actor’ Health Plans, even if they have coverage.

    And a lot more.
    You can read all of the posted guidelines, right on the AEA website. (They’re incredibly well organized and separated by the type of production a Producer might consider in the near future (indoor, outdoor, etc.)
    If you want to read more of my thoughts on these new protocols, go to my blog.

    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, a revival of The Great White Hope, 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

    • 17 min
    "5 Phases of Broadway's Return"

    "5 Phases of Broadway's Return"

    Today, I am sharing the 5 phases I believe we will see as Broadway makes its big comeback!
    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.

    Did you catch the livestream series I did on Facebook & Youtube last year? We did over 70 episodes between March and November and we used Streamyard to host them all. Have you heard of this platform before?

    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, a revival of The Great White Hope, 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.

    Enjoy and thank you for coming back to our new season!

    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

    • 21 min
    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
    Follow me on Instagram: www.instagram.com/kendavenportbway
    Catch the next livestream LIVE: www.theproducersperspective.com/live


    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.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
130 Ratings

130 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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