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“An absolutely indispensable theater lover’s guide to how Broadway works.” —Peter Marks, chief theater critic, Washington Post “Highly recommended for those considering theater as a career and for those who love theater and want to know more about what goes on before the curtain goes up and after.” —Library Journal Broadway General Manager is a fascinating, insightful, and e “An absolutely indispensable theater lover’s guide to how Broadway works.” —Peter Marks, chief theater critic, Washington Post “Highly recommended for those considering theater as a career and for those who love theater and want to know more about what goes on before the curtain goes up and after.” —Library Journal Broadway General Manager is a fascinating, insightful, and entertaining glimpse into the normally closed world of theatrical general management. Penned by veteran Broadway insider Peter Bogyo, readers will gain an appreciation and understanding of what the business half of show business is all about. For the first time ever, gain backstage access to the fast-paced and glamorous world of Broadway. Broadway General Manager is an invaluable resource that examines actual production and operating budgets for a Broadway show and shares contracts for award-winning actors, directors, and designers, all of which are analyzed extensively. Also included are in-depth discussions on such topics as: How to get started as a general manager Negotiating contracts How the producing entity functions Programming the box office The issues related to hiring employees Binding insurance Financial overview Maintaining the run of a show What to do when sales start to slump Closing a show And much more Laced with humorous insights and personal anecdotes, Broadway General Manager will delight both the average theater lover as well as individuals with a serious interest in commercial arts management.


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“An absolutely indispensable theater lover’s guide to how Broadway works.” —Peter Marks, chief theater critic, Washington Post “Highly recommended for those considering theater as a career and for those who love theater and want to know more about what goes on before the curtain goes up and after.” —Library Journal Broadway General Manager is a fascinating, insightful, and e “An absolutely indispensable theater lover’s guide to how Broadway works.” —Peter Marks, chief theater critic, Washington Post “Highly recommended for those considering theater as a career and for those who love theater and want to know more about what goes on before the curtain goes up and after.” —Library Journal Broadway General Manager is a fascinating, insightful, and entertaining glimpse into the normally closed world of theatrical general management. Penned by veteran Broadway insider Peter Bogyo, readers will gain an appreciation and understanding of what the business half of show business is all about. For the first time ever, gain backstage access to the fast-paced and glamorous world of Broadway. Broadway General Manager is an invaluable resource that examines actual production and operating budgets for a Broadway show and shares contracts for award-winning actors, directors, and designers, all of which are analyzed extensively. Also included are in-depth discussions on such topics as: How to get started as a general manager Negotiating contracts How the producing entity functions Programming the box office The issues related to hiring employees Binding insurance Financial overview Maintaining the run of a show What to do when sales start to slump Closing a show And much more Laced with humorous insights and personal anecdotes, Broadway General Manager will delight both the average theater lover as well as individuals with a serious interest in commercial arts management.

48 review for Broadway General Manager: Demystifying the Most Important and Least Understood Role in Show Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I actually sent it on to my friend who is in Musical Theater and who teaches Musical Theater students at the college level. She is interested in it both for her own knowledge and as a resource for students to understand all parts of the business. While I didn't really see the "entertaining" aspects of this book (i.e. don't go into it expecting chapters of hilarious anecdotes), it's clear that it is packed with very detailed useful information for anyone i I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. I actually sent it on to my friend who is in Musical Theater and who teaches Musical Theater students at the college level. She is interested in it both for her own knowledge and as a resource for students to understand all parts of the business. While I didn't really see the "entertaining" aspects of this book (i.e. don't go into it expecting chapters of hilarious anecdotes), it's clear that it is packed with very detailed useful information for anyone interested in actually doing or understanding the behind the scenes business work involved in making a Broadway show happen.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I’m one of a pretty small group of people who actually do this job, so nothing herein was especially surprising or enlightening. But I thought Bogyo’s style was very clear and easy to read and not nearly as dry as I thought it might be. This book would work well as a text book for a commercial theatre management class and might also be a good read for other theatre professionals who are not entirely clear exactly what it is we do (and how much!)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Howard

    If you want to work on the business side of Broadway, this book has all the details and a few of the stories. The various roles of company manager and general manger are spelled out in a way I never understood. It's a great handbook with lots of sample contracts, budgets etc., especially for non-musical theater productions. And well written. If you want to work on the business side of Broadway, this book has all the details and a few of the stories. The various roles of company manager and general manger are spelled out in a way I never understood. It's a great handbook with lots of sample contracts, budgets etc., especially for non-musical theater productions. And well written.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Juliet

    Useful if a bit dry. Bogyo offers practical advice and tidbits from years in the business but legal contracts can be tough to get through. Useful, important text for anyone trying to better understand the work that goes into getting a Broadway show up and running.

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