As the Creator and Producer of “GLINDA / Mrs. Ziegfeld”…“The Woman Behind the… WAND” ©, I have had the pleasure and opportunity of many consulting sessions with Ken since 12/21/15. He has given me and my Glinda Team great insights, directions, and advice. Visit his websites for more information.
Theatrically Yours, Richard Pelton
A pleasure meeting you last night and discussing “Glinda”, which, as I mentioned, is a terrific idea for a Musical. It’s a show-biz story and a backstage story, yet it’s not an obvious one. It’s one that will make people say, “That was Flo Ziegfeld’s wife?”
And the music is, as you know, very good. While it needs to be re-orchestrated for modern times, the tunes you played me seem tuneful and memorable. All good things.
As we discussed, time to start putting some action behind all this great potential. I always give my clients three action items to work on over the next 30 days to help get their show closer to reality.
Here are yours!
- Reading As soon as you get home, talk to Norlan and schedule a casual “pizza reading” of your show. You don’t have to have the actors sing. You can play demos. But get friends over and read what you have. This will give you feedback on where the show is creatively and also get the snowball rolling down the hill. 🙂
- Rights You say the show is based on several books, and you’re also using a famous character as your title. I’d check with attorney on the rights issues here. Billie is a public figure, but the books are subject to copyright.
- Festivals A great place for a first production of the show would be the festival circuit. Check out NAMT or NYMF or The Fringe. We can discuss which one is best for you at a future date, but we need to figure out how we get the show to production! Then again, maybe your local high school or regional theater might be a good, low cost, tryout!
You’ve got a great idea here. And great material. Now we just have to put some gas in the tank of this car and get it moving!
Go get ’em.
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Ken is a Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer who has produced over a dozen Broadway shows, including Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening, Allegiance, The Visit, Kinky Boots, Macbeth, Mothers and Sons and Godspell, as well as six Off-Broadway Shows, including Altar Boyz, The Awesome 80s Prom, That Bachelorette Show, and Daddy Long Legs, and an award-winning documentary entitled These Magnificent Miles, and an award winning TV pilot entitled The Bunny Hole which has appeared in the LA Indie Film Festival, The Orlando Film Festival and more (for a complete list of his credits click here).
His unique marketing style has been featured in two front page New York Times articles, on the home page of CNN, on the must list of Entertainment Weekly and in many more national and international media outlets.
He is currently producing Spring Awakening and Kinky Boots on Broadway. His upcoming projects include an adaptation of the novel and film and Gettin’ the Band Back Together, which premiered at George Street Playhouse last fall.
Ken was a Crain’s 40 Under 40, was featured in an iPhone commercial and is an avid golfer.
Ken Davenport’s mission statement is to do @#$% that other people don’t.