Saturday, August 27, 2016

Term of the Day: to sweat someone

to sweat someone--to pursue someone relentlessly, in looking for work or in love. "The young stagehand kept sweating the older head, trying to get on his crew."

Friday, August 26, 2016

Term of the Night: Dr. Nice

Dr. Nice--famously nasty head, who often terrorized his men. He was the  curator of Schindler's List.

Broadway Blooper #5: throwing out the "On Golden Pond" set

throwing out the "On Golden Pond" set--When"On Golden Pond" with James Earl Jones closed suddenly after the elderly star got pneumonia in the summer of 2005, there were two trailers--one with the set and one with garbage. When the tour was being set up, the general  manager found out that the storage company had thrown out the set trailer and kept the garbage trailer.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Term of the Day: spreading the wealth around

spreading the wealth around--when a head deliberately gives calls to multiple stagehands to make sure people have work. Or some heads don't: "I wish he'd spread the wealth around, he only hires the same five stagehands."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Term of the Day: phantom production

phantom production--a fake Broadway show. A theater agent named Roland Scahill was convicted in August 2016 of defrauding investors of $165,000 for a fake play involving the opera diva Kathleen Battle, which was to play at the Booth Theatre, with the actress Nupita Nyong'o, which Scahill claimed was going to be filmed for Netflix. Neither the play nor the Netflix connection existed. Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance referred to the Kathleen Battle play as a "phantom production."

Here are the Times and Daily News articles: 
  New York Times article

NY Daily News

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Term of the Night : The "It's Over" Meeting

The "It's Over" Meeting--the load-out meeting. When an actress at a recent show of mine saw the production crew and house heads sitting in the house discussing the load out, she said in a chirpy voice, "Oh, it's the 'it's over' meeting." She was right.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Term of the Day: rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic--making changes on a doomed play or musical that have no impact. See also: "Might as well throw the money onstage and burn it."