Posts Tagged ‘pre-Broadway’

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess

Not specifically about touring, but not a huge leap…Boston is considering legislation that would establish a tax-credit for pre-Broadway shows. This bill is just another example that proves how theatre clearly remains culturally relevant and popular in the U.S., and is also desirable as far as boosting local economies. Theatre productions put people to work, as well as bring patrons to nearby businesses such as restaurants, parking garages, and shopping. So in a macro, long-term sense, Boston will likely earn this tax credit back, and more.

In addition, while Boston is indeed a prominent cultural city and, therefore, a desirable market for commercial theatre productions, it tends to be an expensive place to produce or present, so a tax credit seems like it would definitely lure pre-Broadway shows that might consider other cities that already have similar tax credits in place, such as Illionis.

Here is an article regarding the pending tax credit legislation in Boston:

‘Legislation seeks to lure Broadway shows to Hub’

And here’s some recent coverage about the upcoming pre-Broadway run of TUCK EVERLASTING in Boston

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The main role of presenters is essentially to book shows in their venues, but there are presenters who also produce.

What exactly is the difference between presenting theatre and producing theatre, though? The distinction is elementary to those “in the biz,” but it may not necessarily be clear to a lot of other people. Overall, the theatre producer builds a show from the ground up. S/he capitalizes the show, hires the creative team, cast, and so on. The presenter then buys this fully formed show and programs it at her venue, and deals with the process of getting that show into the venue, and up and running for that specific engagement. So, the presenter has to deal with hiring local stagehands and wardobe attendents, renting necessary equipment for loading the show in and out, etc. The presenter does not need to do any casting, or hire the director, or deal with any of the inner workings of the show, except for, perhaps, how these inner workings might interface with the presenter’s venue. For instance, the producer is responsible for providing the actual full physical show that is going on tour, but may need to work with a presenter to make sure the show fits in his venue. Also, in some cases, a show may not be “self-contained” and so local musicians may need to be hired by the presenter to fill out the orchestra as required by local union conditions.

There are some presenters out there who, when they choose to produce, will produce shows at their own venues. Then, there are other presenters who are involved in a producing capacity mainly on Broadway productions. One example of a collective of presenters that produces on Broadway is the Independent Presenters Network, currently represented on the Great White Way with LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. Another collective of presenters that also produces on Broadway is Elephant Eye Theatrical. When a presenter produces at her own venue, it will likely be a much more “hands on” experience than if she were one of many producers on a Broadway production, and if it is a new, large work, her venue would be the lead producer on what could be a possible pre-Broadway project that would also be a world-premiere. A presenter that joins in as a producer on a Broadway show, more likely than not, does so, at least in part, because he has an interest in that show coming to his venue when the show presumably goes out on tour a year or so later.

Below are links to articles about a few shows and the presenters who produced them:




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