Producer and performer Greg Triggs shares his small life hack for making all of the travel for Broadway's Next bearable.
[Once a month we have a company member report to us about life on the road. This month, it's Robert Z. Grant sharing with us his experience on our recent tours to the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, PA]
Shows are Blurs
I love touring with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical. Especially in the fall when the foliage and crisp air makes for a refreshing change of scenery. In the northwest corner of Pennsylvania sits Bradford, PA, south of Buffalo. You barely have to leave New York State. Home to the University of Pittsburgh - Bradford. As happens on most tours, the show we did is now a blur to me, but we had a particularly fun time chatting with the students after the show. Most of them sat front row, and many of them belong to the university’s own improv group. And many had done a workshop with Greg Triggs prior to sitting down for the main event.
I presented first in the show. (After Greg had gotten the show rolling in his inimitable way, of course.) My suggestion was “Lampras.” The Pokemon reference was lost on me, but I came to know later when I spoke with the title’s author after the show. My story took place in the world of middle-aged hoarders and recluses — just what the kids of today are wondering about.
Wandering About Town
Speaking of wandering about… Bradford is a really charming little town. It reminds me of my own home in the midwest, minus the hills. It evoked many classic images for me, as though it could have been the bustling Main Street from "It’s a Wonderful Life” or a diner after dark in an Edward Hopper painting. Except in this version, there was a “Beef on Weck” sign in most windows. Deb Rabbai and I ate at a local restaurant called Beefeaters our first night venturing out from the hotel, and somehow managed to get through heaping plates of Bradford's celebrated roast beef — mine “au jus” and hers with gravy. The Beef on Weck (or Wick, depending) is made with roast beef on a kummelweck roll. The meat on the sandwich is traditionally served rare, thin cut, with the top bun getting a dip au jus and topped with horseradish. Always worth it to try local recommendations.
Small town charm. Oversized plates. Wind gusts and downpours. All this culminated in a musical story of Bratwurst for a terrific Bradford audience. Because at the The Phony Awards, everybody’s a weiner!!
More from Broadway's Next Hit Musical at the University of Pittsburgh in Bradford, PA
Broadway's Next Hit Musical has been touring extensively. More shows means more tours and more tours means more cast members. Since you are going to be seeing them onstage in the next few weeks as the touring season keeps on going, we want to make sure you have a chance to get to know one another.
And seeing as they're newbies, we put the work on them. (At one point they called for an edit, nah, we just left it in to keep it real)
Matt Giroveanu's bread and butter comes from voice overs, so it's no surprise that when tasked with the job of interviewing his fellow freshman member he recorded it, radio-style. It made for a great interview that we posted to Sound Cloud.
Here Matt interviews Daniel Tepper about joining the show, whether or not babies listen to lyrics, and what goes great with crackers.
Daniel Tepper and Matt Giroveanu will be performing their first show with Broadway's Next H!T Musical in Bloomington, IL on Thursday April 16th and in Ottumwa, IA on April 17th.
|Our Marquis Outside of the Criterion Theatre in Medford, OR|
Probably the quickest answer is: we have a booking agent. Baylin Artists Management has represented us for a few years now. Marc Baylin and his team have relationships with venues throughout the country and they often are matchmaking between our show and your venue.
Here's what we don't do:
The cast of Broadway's Next Hit Musical doesn't call random venues to perform.
There are so many great theaters throughout this country and there is no way that we would have the time to contact them. Also, that might be creepy.
Here's something you may not know about:
Once a year in New York City there is a conference for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. Those are the people from your town who book talent that is coming to your local venue. It's those people who check out Broadway's Next Hit Musical and decide that it's a good fit for your community.
We usually have a big fancy show for both APAP members and our favorite audience members. It's a big deal. We go all out! We put on our best dresses and tuxedos; we give out a Phony award. Oh, wait, that's our show. Anyway, it's a big night.
So those presenters see Broadway's Next Hit Musical and then contact our booking agent so we can come to you. Shows are usually booked about six months ahead of time - we are now finding out about bookings for Spring of 2016.
As the performance date gets closer your venue will start publicizing it, and we'll start reaching out to you via social media to get information about your town to create one-of-a-kind, personalized experiences for each town. We book travel. We travel. We do your show!
Want us to come to your theatre?
Contact our booking agent to get the ball rolling:
Baylin Artists Management