Production Stage Management for Broadway

From Idea to Opening Night and Beyond


$29.95

  • 226 Pages
  • 7x9 Paper
  • Index
  • Drama Books / QSM
  • 9780896762930
  • 0-89676-293-9

With a foreword by Mike Nichols

Getting a new show up and running? Planning a revival? Taking over a long-running show? Going on the road? On Broadway, off Broadway, in regional repertory, or on tour, the only book you need as your professional companion is Peter Lawrence’s comprehensive and definitive Production Stage Management for Broadway: From Idea to Opening Night and Beyond.

With this book, Tony Award-winning Peter Lawrence has turned his decades of experience on Broadway into a thoroughly modern approach to the art and business of production stage managing and successfully pursuing a stage manager’s career.

Written for a wide range of readers—from the beginning stage manager with high school or college experience to the professional assistant stage manager already working in commercial theatre to seasoned Broadway professional—Production Stage Management for Broadway is, at its heart, an invaluable map of how to get from the beginning through the end of a production.

Filled with industry-savvy advice, including: Who’s who on a stage production and how they all interact; Getting the job; The pre-production period, including pre-rehearsal duties and responsibilities; Production meetings—from early conceptualizing through rehearsals and previews: Choosing and organizing a stage management team: Handling rehearsals; Running technical rehearsals; Organizing your calling scripts; Managing previews; Planning for opening night and the critics’ Structuring the running of an ongoing show.

Plus, indispensable charts and graph templates and examples that include: Production calendar; Musical pit layout; PSM’s casting notes format; Daily rehearsal report; Wardrobe breakdown; Prop list; Tech table layout; Ideal layout of the PSM’s calling desk; Cues to begin dry tech; Musical calling script; Dance calling script; Daily performance report; Weekly stage manager’s report; Weekly schedule.

A Pat MacKay Project

“At last! This is the book stage managers everywhere have been waiting for. Written by one of the greatest stage managers of our time, it is informative, wise, humorous and real. Peter Lawrence’s book will definitely be required reading.”
—Frank Lombardi, Director of Stage Management Program, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

“Skilled stage managers bring structure, flexibility, humor, and theatrical knowledge to their complex work. We expect nothing less from ‘lifer’ Peter Lawrence. It is a must-read text for all serious stage and production management students.”
—Elsbeth M. Collins, Associate Professor of Theatre Practice, Director of Production, University of Southern California

Peter Lawrence

Peter Lawrence is a stage manager with over 40 years of experience in the commercial theatre. Working as production stage manager, he originated over 25 Broadway productions, among them Spamalot, Hurlyburly, Sunset Boulevard, Shrek The Musical, and five new plays by Neil Simon. Production stage manager assignments have seen him working in dinner theatre, stock, regional theatres, Broadway, off-Broadway, and national tours.

Lawrence has and continues to work with many of the great directors of our time including Mike Nichols, Gene Saks, James Lapine, Sam Mendes, Trevor Nunn, Joe Layton, John Doyle, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Michael Kidd, Jonathan Kent, and many more. Scenic designers Tony Walton, Santo Loquasto, John Napier, Tim Hatley, David Korins, Rob Howell, and Derek McLane, and lighting designers Tharon Musser, Ken Billington, Jennifer Tipton, Jules Fisher, Peggy Eisenhauer, Don Holder, Hugh Vanstone, and Andrew Bridge have all been part of the design teams of Lawrence’s shows. He has also worked with costume designers Theoni V. Aldredge, Susan Hilferty, Tim Hatley, Anthony Powell, William Ivey Long, and Ann Roth, and with sound designers Otts Munderloh, Peter Hylenski, Acme Sound Partners, Abe Jacob, Scott Lehrer, Dan Moses Schreier, and Ken Travis.

Lawrence has managed shows for producers Cameron Mackintosh, Emanuel Azenberg, Fran and Barry Weissler, Kevin McCollum, Ariel Tepper Madover, Bill Haber, Bob Boyett, Robert Whitehead, Robert Fox, and many others. He is the first stage manager ever to have been honored by the Tony Awards and is a recipient of the Del Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award from the Stage Managers’ Association.

And when there’s time, Peter Lawrence enjoys teaching and giving seminars in production stage management at drama departments around the country including Columbia University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and the University of Hawaii. He lives in New York City and has four children—only one of whom has gone into the theatre.