The Business of Broadway is essential reading for anyone interested in producing, investing, or working in theatre. Engaging and illuminating, Mitch Weiss and Perri Gaffney explain the myriad of people and roles they play to collaborate on a show from development to opening night and beyond.
–Daryl Roth: producer of 8 Tony award-winning productions (including Kinky Boots, The Normal Heart, Love, Loss, and What I Wore).
The go-to book for everything you wanted to know about working on Broadway along with everything you didn’t know you needed to know! The Business of Broadway should be required reading for all theatre students and working professionals.
– Dona D. Vaughn: professor and artistic director of opera at Manhattan School of Music; theatre director; Broadway actress (Company, Jesus Christ Superstar, Seesaw), associate producer, and stage manager.
The Business of Broadway, written by Mitch Weiss and Perri Gaffney, is a compelling, fascinating, colorful and comprehensive inside-look at an industry with as many moving parts as a Rubik’s Cube. Even the most complex elements—the Turkus pension plan anyone?—are presented with clarity and intelligence and there are plenty of slap-your-forehead insights that are as entertaining as they are informative. It’s a must-read for anyone passionate–not to mention foolhardy–enough to play the game, and an idiot’s delight for those of us who root and razz from the sidelines.
-Patrick Pacheco: arts journalist; feature writer for the Los Angeles Times; theatre correspondent for television’s NY1’s On Stage.
Mitch Weiss has thirty-five years of management experience in theatre and music. He has managed over 180 Broadway and off-Broadway shows including Tony Award winners A Chorus Line, The Grapes of Wrath, and Beauty and the Beast, and has also held senior management positions at Disney Theatricals International, New York Shakespeare Festival, Barrington Stage Company, and Big Apple Circus.
Mr. Weiss has served on the Board of Broadway’s Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers and has been a certified ATPAM manager since 1985. He is an adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Professional Studies and mentors future arts administrators through his classes at www.JustLearnSomething.us.
Additionally, he is the author of Managing Artists in Pop Music (Skyhorse Publishing/Allworth Press), now in its second edition, based on his years of management for music, sports, and Broadway artists. A graduate of Oberlin College, Mr. Weiss has been a consultant, speaker, director, musical director, composer/lyricist, and producer of a wide variety of shows and events through his New York-based production and management company MW Entertainment Group.
Perri Gaffney adapted her debut novel, The Resurrection of Alice, into a one-woman play that won the 2014 Black Theater Alliance’s Best Lead Actress Award (Chicago) and has received many nominations including the 2014 Black Theater Alliance’s Best Play and Best Playwright Award categories, Outstanding Lead Actress-Drama by the 2014 Helen Hayes Awards (Washington DC), and Best Solo Performance by the Audelco Awards (New York City).
Perri wrote and performs Josephine, a multimedia monodrama based on the life of Josephine Baker. She wrote and appears in The Consequences, an independent feature-length film, and wrote and narrates C2EA: The Campaign to End AIDS, a feature-length documentary. Ms. Gaffney wrote The Substitute, a compilation of short stories, has written numerous other plays, and has been commissioned to write several poems including Something Marvtastic (a memorial poem for Larry Leon Hamlin, founder of the National Black Theatre Festival) and Kickin’ It With My Girl Friends (a celebration for the Ohio Chapter of Girl Friends, Inc.). Ms. Gaffney lives in New York City.