Welcome to the Law Ally of Broadway.
The title of my blog is a riff on the great musical dance number “Lullaby of Broadway” from 42nd Street, a classic backstage musical centering on a theatrical director’s efforts to bring a successful big, glitzy stage production to Broadway during the Great Depression. The show reminds us that Broadway, and all theater for that matter, is a business that can be full of glamour and spectacle out front on stage, but behind the scenes is almost always at the edge of being swallowed whole by the economic challenges and legal issues associated with mounting and running productions.
This is most evident as I begin this blog, at a time when Broadway has been dark for months due to the Covid-19 pandemic that has made large public gatherings unsafe and impossible at worst, and challenging at best. And yet, all theater is a labor of love, and I hope that, following this intermission, the show will run forever. In this blog I will be examining legal and related business issues concerning Broadway and live theater—the good and the bad. My hope is that, aided by this knowledge and analysis, the support for theater’s presence, power and longevity will grow stronger.