Monthly Archives: September 2008

Los Angeles identified as an incubator for new Musicals. (Finally, a little recognition)

A good piece in Backstage.com reports today on the increase in number of new Musicals opening in Los Angeles, before making the step to Broadway.  Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 is the Center Theater Group's latest, following successes withThe Drowsy Chaperone and Curtains!

The article discusses some of the advantages (talent pool, money, etc) and  challenges in creating theatre in Los Angeles… (geographic distance between venues, so there's no “theatre district”, diversity of audiences, competition for audience attention, etc.).  Worth a read.

Sadly, the article doesn't mention the wealth of resources available to folks just starting out in this arena.  Among them, I'd like to highlight the Academy of New Musical Theatre  (full disclosure:  I sit on this organization's Board of Directors)  which provides training and resources to bookwriters, composers and lyricists, workshops new material, and offers dramaturgical services to producers working on new material.

Los Angeles identified as an incubator for new Musicals. (Finally, a little recognition)

A good piece in Backstage.com reports today on the increase in number of new Musicals opening in Los Angeles, before making the step to Broadway.  Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 is the Center Theater Group’s latest, following successes withThe Drowsy Chaperone and Curtains! The article discusses some of the advantages (talent pool, money, etc) and … Continue Reading

Selling out: Product Placement in Songs.

It seems that some entrepreneurial songwriters  are approaching companies with offers to mention  products and brands in  their song lyrics.  When a misguided PR exec sent an email offering such  a service  to  Jeff Crouse of the Anti-Advertising Agency and Double Happiness Jeans… Crouse decided to Blog it.  The PR guy  asked Crouse to remove… Continue Reading

The Law and Video Podcast for September 16, 2008

Law and Video is the first live, call-in podcast to clear the air on legal issues for filmmakers and videographers who are looking for answers to questions related to starting a production business, copyright issues, contracts, intellectual property and distribution. We record live on Tuesdays at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern. Our Latest episode is now available.  Visit us… Continue Reading

Rodgers & Hammerstein – For Sale?

It’s a Rumor, but it’s being widely reported that The Rodgers & Hammerstein company may be for sale. The publisher controls not only the great musicals by Rogers and Hammerstein, but many others. As I write this, (9/3/08) I note that the website for Rodgers & Hammerstein (rnh.com) is down. Stay tuned! UPDATE: 09/04/08 –… Continue Reading

In a World mourning the loss of Don LaFontaine

The industry mourns a legend.  One of the greatest voice-over artists of all time, Don LaFontaine , passed away on Sunday.  He will be sorely missed. Mr. LaFontaine made famous the “In a World….” opening of movie trailer voice-overs.  His deep, resonant voice appeared in over 5000 movie trailers, and numerous other tv commercials, films,… Continue Reading

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