I’m passionate about theater.
My theatrical perspective may not be unique, but it’s close. I’ve experienced theater from all sides of the table: as an audience-member, student actor, not-for-profit board member, director, and commercial producer.
I hope all this has given me an unusual (if not unique) capacity for seeing theater from all of its many angles; it’s that knowledge I intend to share with you.
iBlogBroadway will be about all kinds of theater, but mostly it will be about Broadway, and about commercial theater, its doings, habits, foibles, and…well…its greatness.
I can and will give you an insider’s view, which – frankly – I doubt you can get from any other blog. The emphasis will be on what a producer does, and what it means for his or her investors.
Here’s hoping iBlogBroadway will add to your understanding and enjoyment of the theater.
Over the past 21 eventful years, I’ve produced shows that played at more than 300 venues all over North America and the U.K., and had total gross ticket sales of more than $280,000,000.
The shows I’ve produced represent an eclectic collection of Broadway, Off-Broadway, West End, and touring shows, including Annie, Patrick Stewart’s A Christmas Carol, Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass, The Flying Karamazov Brothers Do The Impossible!, Jeffrey, Mnemonic, The BFG, Swing, Cupid and Psyche, Talk Radio, Desire Under the Elms, Macbeth, Erotic Broadway, The Tempest (Ralph Fiennes/Trevor Nunn), Private Lives (Kim Cattrall/Richard Eyre), and La Cuadra de Sevilla’s Carmen, complete with a dancing horse.
Most recently, my wife, Terri, and I produced Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Broadway), The Tempest, with Ralph Fiennes (London), and Private Lives with Kim Cattrall (Broadway),
We're currently producing upcoming productions of Flashdance (Broadway), The Conjuror (London/Broadway), Honeymoon Suite (Broadway), and a new adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL. (Click the Current Projects tab for more information.)
And I’ve directed – in New York, London, and regionally – productions of Six Characters In Search of An Author, Annie, One Touch of Venus, Inherit the Wind, Paint Your Wagon, Let’s Play Two, South Pacific, American Song, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Cupid and Psyche.
I grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from Chadwick School and Claremont-McKenna College, and did graduate work in International Relations at U.S.C. While in school, I acted in quite a few plays – my Richard III set Shakespeare back a Century or two – and I followed up on this area of interest by serving on the boards of several Los Angeles performing-arts groups, including the Joffrey Ballet, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Music Center, and the Center Theatre Group board.
Living theater vicariously made me hunger for a deeper commitment. Besides, after years of developing and managing real estate, and serving as Chairman/CEO of Southern California Savings and Loan Association, I found myself yearning for more stability in my life.
So, in 1990, my wonderful wife, Terri, and I moved to New York to plunge into the world of commercial theater.
We now split time between New York and the wilds of Roxbury, Connecticut. In addition to theater, my passions include food and wine, contemporary art, tech (especially on-line video games), books, and the Yankees.
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Johanna Garfield has written for The New York Times, The New York Observer, Newsday, Ms., Reader's Digest, McCall's, The Christian Science Monitor, and many others. She has also written two books: The Life of a Real Girl, A True Story å(St. Martin's Press, Sidgwick and Jackson in England), and Cousins: A Unique and Powerful Bond (Donald I. Fine, Inc.).
Johanna lives in New York City with her husband, Leslie.
Lee Stewart After a supremely undistinguished career as a child actor, I grew up. I wrote a number of mostly unproduced scripts for stage and radio. After college, I virtually never saw a stage again, except from the audience, and from there I have seen much. I returned in the past few years for lessons in both acting and scriptwriting and finally realize that I have no future in those vocations. After many years as a designer and a teacher of design at the Fashion Institute in New York, I have learned that I am quite good at criticizing other people’s endeavors, and so I will share here my evenings at the theater. I hope you will enjoy these opinions.
Patricia Watt, is the Producer of the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards, and the daughter of esteemed critic Douglas Watt. She was a producer of the hit Off-Broadway show, LOVE, JANIS, and of HAIR in London, and is currently a producer of a new play by Jenny Lyn Bader, MANHATTAN CASANOVA.
Patty lives in New York City.