Spring Road Conference NYC – Day 4

Yesterday was the final day of The Broadway League’s 2012 Spring Road Conference. It’s been an exciting and rejuvenating week!

From left, Eric McCormack, Kerry Butler, Corey Brill and James Earl Jones in a scene from Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York. Photo: Joan Marcus
The morning started out with a few workshops on dynamic pricing and then we were treated to a “creative conversation” with the entire cast of Gore Vidal’s THE BEST MAN: James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Candice Bergen, Eric McCormack, Kerry Butler, Jefferson Mays, Michael McKean and Angela Lansbury. It was an unforgettable moment to hear and see this talented cast discuss each of the characters they portray in this Tony-nominated political play, which was recently extended for a second time at the Schoenfeld Theatre.

The star-studded surprises continued into the afternoon when the cast of Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN stopped by the conference. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Linda Emond, Andrew Garfield and director Mike Nichols each discussed the emotional weight of playing each of the characters in this extraordinary play and how live theater is very different than acting in movies. The big surprise was who showed up to moderate the panel discussion: Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep.

Both of these special moments remind you how fortunate we are to work in an industry with such talent and to be able to provide first-class live theater experiences to North Texas.

Matt D’Amico, Rick Holmes, Isaiah Johnson, Adam Chanler-Berat and Christian Borle in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Photo: © O&M Co.
Last night we took in the record-breaking, Tony-nominated play PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, starring Christian Borle, who currently plays Tom Levitt in the NBC hit series “Smash”. This is really a hybrid between a play and a musical. It tells the prequel of how Peter Pan became the boy that didn’t want to ever grow up. It was a really creative production that engages the audience to use their imagination to help tell the story.

The conference officially wrapped with a post-show party hosted by the producers of
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. The lead stars of this new musical comedy, Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara, were on hand at the party to greet everyone. It was a great way to end a very productive and energizing week!

While the conference is officially over, our work continues. We’ll be seeing NICE WORK tonight and then will be catching GHOST THE MUSICAL tomorrow. We’re also trying to get in to see THE BEST MAN after witnessing such an engaging panel discussion with the star-studded cast.

We’ll continue to post updates over the weekend and look forward to bringing some of these new productions to Fort Worth in the coming years!

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