On Sunday, July 19, 2015, I sat down with Broadway producer, Ken Davenport (Kinky Boots, It’s Only A Play, the upcoming revival of Spring Awakening), to discuss my survival job as a Broadway usher. I am a fan of his podcast, The Producer’s Perspective, so it was a great honor to be asked.
From Ken’s web site:
But like any industry, Broadway isn’t run by just the 50 most powerful people. In fact, sometimes it’s the people without the bold faced names that are even more important to its operation.
Broadway is a community of hundreds and hundreds of employees who all help make its crazy wheel go round, eight times a week. And of all of the jobs, ushers talk to more of our ticket buyers than anyone (used to be the phone operators, but not with online buying being what it is!).
So I wanted to talk to one. I reached out to my friends over at Jujamcyn Theaters and asked for their help in picking one of their experienced vets to help me understand what was happening on the front lines and whether or not things had changed since this blog.
And they introduced me to John Raymond Barker, an actor whose “night job” is ushering at the Hirschfeld Theatre. Listen in to this podcast to hear John’s first hand knowledge and insight on things like . . .
- What’s the biggest complaint our audience has about going to the theater?
- How training for ushers is different than it was ten years ago (at least for some of the theater chains).
- How can we make Patti Lupone sleep easy at night and improve theater etiquette?
- How texting is the least of our problems in the theater.
- The solution to the bathroom debate.
Listen in and learn from one of Broadway’s foot soldiers. I know I did!
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