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Working in the Theatre
An acclaimed fixture on New York television and in the theatre community for 30 years, the American Theatre Wing's Working in the Theatre offers an unprecedented forum for the meeting of theatrical minds.
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This theatre interview show brings together performers, directors, playwrights, designers, choreographers, producers and behind-the-scenes personnel from the American and international theatre, the interviews offer a rare opportunity for students and audiences to see and hear the people who create theatre engaged in thoughtful conversation with one another. With more than 900 past guests, the interviews have become an unequalled archive of theatrical talk, a chance to hear from the people behind the characters, stories and productions that draw us to the theatre.

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Production: Grind
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Jeffrey Ash - Advertising Representative
Michael Frazier - Producer
Kenneth Greenblatt - Producer
Mary Lea Johnson - Producer
Ronald S. Lee - Group Sales Executive
Ruth Mitchell - Executive Producer
John Pomerantz - Producer
Jean Dalrymple - Moderator
George C. White - Moderator
Isabelle Stevenson - Host

The producing team of the 1985 Broadway musical Grind - advertising representative Jeffrey Ash, group sales executive Ronald S. Lee, executive producer Ruth Mitchell, and producers Michael Frazier, Kenneth Greenblatt, Mary Lea Johnson, and John Pomerantz - talks about bringing the nearly $5 million production to Broadway after a tryout in Baltimore, working with director Hal Prince, the importance of advertising and group ticket sales in light of mixed critical reviews, comparisons to their previously produced hits La Cage Aux Folles and Nine, and budgetting a new American musical with a controversial royalty structure that doesn't pay the creative team until the production turns a profit.

Originally taped - April, 1985
Running Time - 1:30:00

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