Allison explores Broadway with New York Magazine’s Theater critic, Scott Brown.
We discuss the expanding connection between the Hollywood and Broadway, SMASH, stars on stage, and the criteria for excellence in reviews.
He also thrills us with his political insight and musical genius.
Since 2010 Scott Brown has served as New York magazine’s resident theater critic. Prior to writing for NY magazine Scott wrote for Entertainment Weekly and worked as a columnist for Wired.
He also co-wrote the musical, Gutenberg! The Musical!
00:01 Media Mayhem Introduction.
00:40 Welcoming Scott Brown.
01:34 Story of the Week: The “ghoulish” story of John Edwards.
09:34 The essence of the Edwards story and its coverage in the social media echo chamber.
13:43 Covering the Tony awards and nominations and favored shows.
15:25 Discussing this year’s nominations.
17:53 Having to excuse yourself from covering your associates.
20:55 Addison DeWitt and the gold standard of biting criticism.
23:45 “What you want out of a critic,” and Braff-lash.
27:30 The financial impact of criticism.
30:25 Is it possible to assess someone’s work in a possible?
32:55 The appetite for nostalgia on stage.
33:56 The American musical: “in the wilderness for decades.”
36:04 Thoughts on Smash and shows that film in New York.
42:11 “What media do you keep up to date with?”
45:24 The revolving door of plays and films.
48:11 Approaching plays that are based on films and how to be successful.
50:20 “Is there a lack of creativity with Broadway revivals?”
53:44 Casting Hollywood stars on Broadway.
57:22 “Which stars get the theater ‘best effort’ award?”
1:00:19 Thanks and goodbye.