The Business of Broadway

An Insider?s Guide to Working, Producing, and Investing in the World?s Greatest Theatre Community

About The Book

New York’s Broadway theatre scene has long been viewed as the “top of the heap” in the world theatre community. Taking lessons from the very best, this innovative guide delves into the business side of the renowned industry to explain just how its system functions. For anyone interested in pursuing a career on Broadway, or who wants to grow a theatre in any other part of the world, The Business of Broadway offers an in-depth analysis of the infrastructure at the core of successful theatre. Manager/producer Mitch Weiss and actor/writer Perri Gaffney take readers behind the scenes to reveal what the audience—and even the players and many producers—don’t know about how Broadway works, describing more than 200 jobs that become available for every show. A variety of performers, producers, managers, and others involved with the Broadway network share valuable personal experience in interviews discussing what made a show a hit or a miss, and how some of the rules, regulations, and practices that are in place today were pioneered.

Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Allworth (July 14, 2015)
  • Length: 292 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781621534761

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Raves and Reviews

“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 the Manhattan School of Music, theatre director, Broadway actress (Company, Jesus Christ Superstar, Seesaw), associate producer, and stage manager

The Business of Broadway is a compelling, fascinating, colorful, and comprehensive inside look at an industry with as many moving parts as a Rubiks’ 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, and theatre correspondent for NY1’s On Stage

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 eight Tony Award–winning productions (including Kinky Boots, The Normal Heart, and 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 the Manhattan School of Music, theatre director, Broadway actress (Company, Jesus Christ Superstar, Seesaw), associate producer, and stage manager