Testimonials

Phyllis Diller: "Susan Horowitz has analyzed female comedy and dissected it to the bone!"

Joy Behar: "A must for anyone who wants to crack the mystery of estrogen-induced yuks!"

American Express: “You listen to our concerns. Your methods to handle stressful situations work!”

Stark State College, John David, Faculty President: “Your outstanding keynote speech: ‘Celebrate Learning Diversity’ was highly motivational, educationally sound, and entertaining”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Entertaining and uplifting!”

Atlantic Cape Community College, Avon L. Chapman, Director,: “You are an energetic, charismatic speaker who demonstrates a high level of preparedness resourcefulness and mastery of the topic.”

Author-Gender & Humor, Dr. Regina Barreca: "a wonderful combination of somebody who puts women's comedy in context, and is a funny, effervescent performer!"

Books

Dr. Sue Horowitz

Dr. Sue Sings “Teach You In Time” WOS Radio

Women of SubstanceDr.  Sue sings her original song “Teach You In Time” WOS (Women of Substance) Radio

It’s part of WOS Songs for Mothers Series (My Podcast is May 10)

WOS Radio broadcasts Dr. Sue’s other original songs:

“The Heroes of Nine-Eleven” (Courage) “Happy Hanu-Krismas” (Interfaith Holiday) 

“Slow As Honey” (Romantic) 

Here is a link to Dr. Sue singing her original song “Teach You In Time” copyright Susan Horowitz

 

Here is a Link to Dr. Sue talking about her song “Teach You In Time” 

Unsolicited Comment: 

“Fantastic. Your voice and message of your music is so full of nurturing love. It’s like I was hearing the voice of “my  mom” so beautiful and supportive.” Rashida
 

Here is a link to Dr. Sue’s Album “For Heroes and Lovers” https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/drsue2

This album includes “Teach You In Time” (free download)

– plus romantic and inspirational songs.

As a Teacher/Mentor/Godmother, I celebrate all kinds of families!

Celebrate your own Family – by Birth or Choice!

 

 

 

Dr. Sue Horowitz

Dr. Sue Horowitz

“Empowering Entertainment!”

– Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D. 

SssWitch!” – a Bewitching Musical! www.ssswitch.net

CD: “For Heroes and Lovers”: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/drsue2

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Dr. Sue is an award-winning Writer/Singer: Books, Plays, Musicals, Screenplays, Poetry, and Songs.  

Susan Horowitz: Facebook (Susan.Horowitz1) ,

Linked In, Twitter @drsue6

Huayuan Art Show: Blog & Video by Dr. Sue Horowitz

rae-wangHuayuan Art, a New York based art foundation inspired by ancient Asian art and culture. sponsors an exhibit based on ancient Chinese Buddhist cave paintings.

Here I am with Rae Wang, curator of Huyuang exhibition “The Other Lines of Time” – on display at 119 Ludlow Street, New York City.

As Rae explained, the paintings in this exhibition are created with dry fresco technique, which recall the appearance of original murals in the Dunhuang Caves – part of the ancient trade route known as “The Silk Road”. The artist, scholar, and mural conservator is Shen Yongping.

Traveling the ancient Silk Road is a journey through space and time of over a thousand years and miles – but you can experience this ancient, but surprisingly sophisticated Buddhist art by visiting the gallery or Huayuan Art www.huayuanus.com.

Video by Saat-Sue Multi-Media

Many thanks to our host Huayuan Art US: Michael Zhu, Director, and Olivia Song, Marketing.

Dr. Sue Horowitz

Dr. Sue Horowitz

“My Mission is Empowering Art, Education & Positive Living!”

– Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D. 

SssWitch!” – an Anti-Bullying, Empowering  Musical! www.ssswitch.net

CD: “For Heroes and Lovers”: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/drsue2

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Published Plays: “Judy Maccabee”: a Comedy with a Girl Hero!

“Poe-tic Justice” A Naughty Thriller!

New York New Works Theatre Festival – Blog & Video by Dr. Sue Horowitz

NYNW Director Gene Frisch & Dr. Sue

NYNW Director
Gene Frisch & Dr. Sue

What’s so special about New York New Works Theatre Festival?

First: there’s the fun, party-like atmosphere in the theatre lobby/bar.  You can single/mingle, find friends, or even meet real industry heavy weights, like Tony-Award winning Broadway producers, directors, writers, designers, etc.  (Here’s a tip – if the show starts at 7pm, show up at 6:30 and check out the crowd. Order a drink, which you can bring into the theatre – you’ll support the venue – which keeps your ticket price low.)

Second: there’s diversity. Each night offers a buffet of entertainment possibilities – five/six twenty minute excerpts from different shows. Festival selections include hilarious comedy, political cabaret (with parody songs), heart-wrenching drama, musical theatre (including a Broadway revival), sexy dance theatre, a puppet show for kids, etc. If you don’t like one show – stick around for the next. (Here’s a tip – there’s a short intermission between each show, so stand and stretch or chat with your neighbor – you may learn something or make a connection – and your legs will thank you. Wait? Do legs talk – well, maybe – in experimental theatre.)

Third: there’s the location and time – Times Square Arts Center -300 West 43rd Street/8th Ave. (2nd Floor) NYC – one block from Port Authority; 7pm – How easy is that? (If you absolutely have to leave early – you can do it during a short intermission.)

Fourth: there’s the price – only $20/ticket for a full evening of theatre. If you’re an audience member you can have fun and support your friends,  make new ones, and make your opinion count – (you can vote for your two favorite shows to make it to the finals and win prizes).

Fifth: if you’re a theatre artist, you get to showcase your show to industry pros and get feedback – for a reasonable cost.  Why? Because New York New Works Theatre Festival picks up most of your production cost and invites a panel of experts to give feedback and select (along with audience votes) the shows that make it to the finals.

“We wanted to make a difference.” says  Gene Fisch, Jr., founder and Festival Director. (The “We” includes Abby Judd, Festival Manager, and Melissa Gordon, Marketing, of Bear In Mind Creative.) “I noticed that many theatre festivals put a real financial strain on emerging artists – with little to show for it.  I thought – we can do better. New York New Works Theatre Festival aims to  include emerging artists in the Broadway community and offer guidance and real opportunities. – and several of our shows are on their way!”

Video by Saat-Sue Multi-Media

So – why is New York New Works Theatre Festival special? Because it offers audiences and artists entertainment and opportunities – for fun, creativity, and professional success!

The New York New Works Theatre Festival runs August/September – Semi-Finals September19-22, 26  with the finals gala on October 5 2016.  Tickets are available online at www.nynwtheatrefestival.com . Find The New York New Works Theatre Festival on Facebook @nynwtheatrefestival, Twitter: @nynwtheatrefest  |  #nynwtheatrefest and online at www.nynwtheatrefestival.com

 

 

Dr. Sue Horowitz

Dr. Sue Horowitz

“My Mission is Empowering Art, Education & Positive Living!”

– Susan (“Dr. Sue”) Horowitz, Ph.D. 

SssWitch!” – an Anti-Bullying, Empowering  Musical! www.ssswitch.net

CD: “For Heroes and Lovers”: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/drsue2

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

Published Plays: “Judy Maccabee”: a Comedy with a Girl Hero!

“Poe-tic Justice” A Naughty Thriller!

Susan Horowitz: Facebook (Susan.Horowitz1) , Linked In, Twitter @drsue6

Relationship Recipes by Fran Berger (Blog by Dr. Sue)

fran berger Photo logoFran Berger, founder and host of the website www.franberger.com calls herself a “Lifestyle Contributor.” In other words, her website, based on Fran’s photo-blogs, offers chatty advice on living the good life – especially if you’re female and on the far side of forty.

An enthusiastic “foodie” and virtual best girlfriend, Fran offers “Relationship Recipes” – ways to prepare and share food and beverages to nourish family and friends. The food can range from home-made pasta on a marble table in Italy or a rainy day stew (slow-cooked with a bottle of wine) to (for the gal or mom on-the-go) take-out pizza or coffee on a park bench. What counts is the body/mind nourishment of good food and good company.

Fran stresses the importance of female friendship, which predicts a long life and a fun lifestyle Her website features a photo of Fran and two women friends raising glasses of wine in a convivial toast. Fran is the one in the middle – petite, pretty, with a pixy-like silvery coif and an upturned smile.

The rest of the side is devoted to four aspects of “the good life”: Food, Friendship, Travel, and Lifestyle. As a successful, former owner of “The Farm” (an A-list restaurant in Restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA for twenty years) Fran certainly ought to know from food – and crisis management.

“To be in the restaurant business, you have to thrive on drama,” says Fran. But now, after at 65 and the divorced mother of grown sons, she is ready to embark on her next life adventure – and media opportunity. She admits to being a fan of reality shows, and she hopes that her tips on living with style will translate into an on-air presence.

Meantime, you can enjoy her virtual friendship online on her website www.franberger.com  – and maybe pick up a few tips for your own life!

Sue MimosaSusan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D. www.drsue.com

CD “Keys of Love” www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

“Sss…Witch!” – a Magical, Motivational Musical! www.ssswitch.net

“Judy Maccabee”: a Hanukah comedy with a girl hero!

Join Dr. Sue (Susan Horowitz) on Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter!

Dr. Sue’s mission is to create empowering entertainment!

Rita Moreno at APAP 2016 by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno at APAP

“Alive and Kicking!” could be a theme of the APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) conference and its closing speaker: Rita Moreno, 84 year-old multi-award winning performer (including the Oscar for her role “Anita” in the film “West Side Story”).

APAP’s event features presenters from Broadway and far beyond (think global!) – industry mentors, and mentees – like the finalists of the Wallace Foundation’s “Five Minutes to Shine” who won a conference  package with travel.

Attendees include over 3,600 APAP members and professionals who come for networking, support, development, and great entertainment, and is accessible via live-streaming.

Ms. Moreno will be awarded Kennedy Center Honors, capping off a career that amazingly includes Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar awards. She is one of a handful of performers to win all four – and the only Latina.

Ms. Moreno spoke about her life journey from childhood poverty in Puerto Rico and the Bronx to Hollywood/Broadway legend. Her current high-kicking courage, quick wit, compassion, and poignant honesty inspires her audience and readers of her recent book “Rita Moreno: A Memoir” to go for their dreams.

Rita Moreno & Dr. Sue

Rita Moreno & Dr. Sue

Dreams and determination helped Rita survive bullies and bigots in the ghetto and gilded Hollywood mansions. Her mom took her for dance lessons, and when she was performing in Macy’s toy department, she was discovered by a talent scout for MGM, who set up an appointment with Louis B. Mayer. She showed up looking like a Latin Elizabeth Taylor (with a waist-cincher and “feminine enhancements”). Mayer promptly signed her to a seven-year contract. As a contract player, Rita was invited to Hollywood parties – loaded with lecherous producers. She was also assigned a series of dark-skinned stereotypical roles: the Polynesian/American Indian/Mexican mistress of a white man – which she played with the same one-size-fits-all vaguely Latin accent (no one noticed).

Moreno also had some amazing opportunities, including “Singing in the Rain” (with Gene Kelly) “Desiree”  (with Marlon Brando).  The second encounter ignited a scorching  eight-year affair that left Rita burned – but never killed her innate optimism – or her ability to do the work she loves and fall in love with “a great guy” – a nice Jewish doctor and her husband of  forty-six years  It’s all in her book “Rita Moreno: A Memoir” – which sold out at the conference raising $1000 for The Food Bank, but is still available in stores and online.

To learn more about APAP/NYC,  visit their website: www.apapnyc.org

Sue MimosaSusan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D. www.drsue.com

CD “Keys of Love” www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

“Sss…Witch!” – a Magical, Motivational Musical! www.ssswitch.net

“Judy Maccabee”: a Hanukah comedy with a girl hero!

Join Dr. Sue (Susan Horowitz) on Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter!

Dr. Sue’s mission is to create empowering entertainment!

“Happy Hanu-Krismas!” Holiday Song by Dr. Sue Horowitz

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“Happy Hanu-Krismas!”

An Interfaith, Multi-Cultural Holiday Song/Video

by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz, Ph.D. (copyright 2015)

“Happy Hanu-Krismas!” Celebrates Diversity!

 

“There’s all kind of people, why make a fuss?

Happy Kwanzaa and Eid, Happy Hanu-Krismas!

Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanu-Krismas!”

 

Click on Video for Holiday Song/Video “Happy Hanu-Krismas”

An original, witty, warm celebration of diversity!

 

Dr. Sue Horowitz’ original comedy “JUDY MACCABEE” won a national children’s playwriting contest!

“JUDY MACCABEE” is a merry mashup of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and the Hanukkah story!

Dr. Sue’s mission is to create empowering entertainment!

Sue MimosaSusan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D. www.drsue.com

CD “Keys of Love” www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

“Sss…Witch!” – a Magical, Motivational Musical! www.ssswitch.net

Join Dr. Sue (Susan Horowitz) on Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter!

Dr. Sue Sings Funny Thanksgiving Song!

Pumpkin SueHope you enjoy Me and My Pumpkin.

One of us weighs over 600 pounds.

(It’s a plus-sized version of “Me and My Shadow”)

Click below for my original Thanksgiving song –

“The Turkey Trot”

It’s an a mash-up of Thanksgiving, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood.

A turkey attends a ball hoping to meet a prince with buckles on his shoes.

She meets a pilgrim who invites her on a dinner date….

Moral: be careful about making romantic choices based on shoes.

Dr. Sue’s mission is to create empowering entertainment!

Sue MimosaBlog by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D.  www.drsue.com 

CD “Keys of Love”  www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

“Sss…Witch!” – a Magical Musical! http://drsue.com/?page_id=7325

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“The International” (Review by Dr. Sue Horowitz)

"The International" Photo: Garlia Jones

“The International”
Photo: Garlia Jones

“The International” is compelling theater and high-impact story-telling! Three characters from different parts of the world share tales of ordinary, seemingly disconnected lives.  But a genocidal war in Eastern Europe weaves them together in an ever-tightening braid of physical and spiritual carnage.  A bright, warm Moslem farm woman (Carey Van Driest) celebrates a neighbor’s wedding, and a well-meaning, Dutchman (Timothy Carter) with dreams of heroism and delusions of civility becomes an international peacekeeper.  But as enemy forces close in, their lives turn into a horrific news story that an unemployed American truck driver/failed artist with a shaky marriage (Ted Schneider) watches on television.

Playwright Tim Ruddy and Director Christopher Randolph commit to the power of language and passionate acting to bring this story to life on a bare stage surrounded by abstract paintings (set by James Maloof,  lighting by Derek Van Heel, sound design by Benjamin Furiga, costumes by Tristan Raines). The performers never interact, but we, the audience, become their confidantes, sharing their inner lives and common humanity.

Dr. Sue Photo: James Higgins

Dr. Sue
Photo: James Higgins

“The International” is a co-production of The Origin Theatre, New York City (George C. Heslin, Artistic Director) and  The Urbanite Theatre, Sarasota, Florida (Harry Lipstein, Founder/Producer), which premieres plays by European writers.  This critically acclaimed encore production can be seen at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre 416 West 42nd Street, July 15-August 2, 2015, 7:30pm. Tickets (212) 279-4200.

Creative Living by Dr. Sue: We Are All Connected

“The International” portrays human interactions that are ruled by brutality and self-interest, where decent people become victims, exploiters, or killers.  Unfortunately, this is sometimes a disturbing truth.  This play raises questions about our responsibility and how to take effective action. It’s hard to know what to do globally, but at least in our own lives, we can commit to living with kindness, intelligence, courage, responsibility, and whenever possible – joy!

Support the Arts!: Without the arts, many children have no chance for a better, more fulfilling life! Without the arts, there is no real beauty or civilization!

Dr. Sue’s mission is to create empowering entertainment!

Sue MimosaBlog by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D.  www.drsue.com 

CD “Keys of Love”  www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

“Sss…Witch!”: a Fun, Empowering, Magical Musical!

Join Dr. Sue (Susan Horowitz) on Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter!

“The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” (Review by Dr. Sue Horowitz)

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker, superstar singer, showbiz innovator and marketing genius – (imagine the founder of Facebook as a fat, fabulous diva) – called herself “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas!” Tucker was an international sensation with a sixty year career – she headlined in vaudeville and Broadway, sold out nightclubs; recorded songs tailor-made for her lusty persona, and guest starred on television (including the top-rated Ed Sullivan Show). She hung out with movie stars/singers (like Judy Garland, Mae West, and Frank Sinatra – all of whom she mentored), mobsters (like Al Capone, who booked her in his club, as did Lew Walters, father of Barbara Walters) and seven US Presidents.  Due to her limited exposure in Hollywood films (she appeared in only two, which flopped), Tucker is almost forgotten today, but the documentary film “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” (opening July 24 at Cinema Village, New York City) aims to change all that.

 

Susan & Lloyd Ecker  & Dr. Sue

Susan & Lloyd Ecker
& Dr. Sue

The docu-bio (produced by Susan and Lloyd Ecker and directed by William Gazecki) traces Tucker’s rise from goulash – (a family restaurant in Hartford, CT where a teenage, but already zaftig (plump, curvy) Sophie served kosher food) – to glory! She eloped with a handsome ne’er-do-well named “Tuck” and  quickly became pregnant. But she was determined to escape her mother’s fate as a kitchen slave. In a move that was outrageous (especially for an early 20th century Orthodox, Jewish girl), she handed the baby to her sister, changed her name to “Tucker,” and took off for New York City. Considered too “fat and ugly” for show business, she was forced to belt out songs in black face as a vaudeville “coon-shouter.” She hated it, and when her make-up failed to arrive in Chicago, she went onstage as herself, brought the house down, and never looked back.

I asked Eckers to share the secrets of Sophie’s success. “It didn’t hurt that she had a voice that could peel the paint off walls.” But mainly it was that combination of warmth (she personally answered all her mail and wrote cards to her fans telling them when she was going to appear in their town) and business. Sophie said, “Friends and fans = box office.” She was one of the first performers to take a percentage of the gate (during her first number, she counted the seats and made sure she wasn’t cheated). If you wanted her autograph, you bought her book – and she didn’t give change, even for a $50 dollar bill. (She would announce, “It all goes to charity.” In fact, she raised huge sums for her favorite charities, including synagogues.

Rabbi Jill & Dr. Sue

Rabbi Jill & Dr. Sue

Sophie may have been a rebel, but she became a prominent member of The Actors’ Temple (339 West 47th Street, NYC), which features Tucker’s plaque, stairwell photograph, and stained glass window. I interviewed Rabbi Jill Haus, spiritual leader, cantor/singer, and show business supporter. The Actors’ Temple hosts shows, a Hanukah open mike and performance fests (like Midtown International Theatre Festival). I asked Rabbi Jill to share a story about Sophie. She told me the temple was originally Orthodox, with men downstairs and women in the gallery. A woman who was a big contributor to the temple, sat herself downstairs, and Sophie immediately followed. “The Rabbi was smart, and the synagogue immediately changed from Orthodox to Conservative (with mixed seating).”

Sophie was always ahead of her time – especially when it came to sexy self-assertion – for all genders, sizes, and backgrounds. The soundtrack of “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” includes her top hits:  “I Ain’t Takin’ Orders From No One,” “No One Loves a Fat Girl (But a Fat Girl Knows How to Love),” “The Sophie Tucker School for Red Hot Mamas”, “My Yiddishe Momme” (the heart-tugging, unofficial Jewish anthem), and her signature song “Some of These Days.”

So what are you waiting for? Pep up your life with Sophie serum – movie, soundtrack CD, the Eckers’ fictionalized memoir “I Am Sophie Tucker” (friskier and more fun than the official, sanitized 1945 biography). Susan and Lloyd Eckers’ first date was at a Bette Midler concert (Ms. Midler told her version of bawdy “Soph” jokes and belted out songs a la Tucker.) The Eckers married, built and sold a business, and are living their dream of bringing their favorite broad back to Broadway! Stay tuned at www.sophietucker.com . For press reservations, interview requests, or more information, contact Richard Skipper Celebrates at Richard@RichardSkipper.com or 845-365-0720.

In the spirit of Sophie Tucker, here’s a a video of my original,  funny song: “A Jewish Girl Named Tex”:

 

"A Jewish Girl Named Tex" by Sue Horowitz, Singer/Songwriter

“A Jewish Girl Named Tex” by Sue Horowitz

Creative Living by Dr. Sue: Perk up with Positive Songs!

Long before I ever heard of this film, I used to start my day with Sophie’s songs. Her funny, heartfelt, strong assertion of womanhood, sung in clear, jazzy, melodic voice with perfect articulation, always perked me up!

Support the Arts!: Without the arts, many children have no chance for a better, more fulfilling life! Without the arts, there is no real beauty, joy,  or civilization!

Dr. Sue’s mission is to create empowering entertainment!

 

 

 

Sue MimosaBlog by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D.  www.drsue.com 

CD “Keys of Love”  www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367

“Sss…Witch!”: a Fun, Magical, Meaningful Musical!

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TRU Producing/Investing/Marketing Panel (Theater NYC)

 

TRU - Theater Resources UnlimitedTRU (Theater Resources Unlimited – www.truonline.org) hosts panels and workshops for theater professionals at all stages of their careers. Audiences and Speakers include Producers, Investors, Artists, and Self-Producing Artists (SPA’s – because it’s so relaxing to produce your own show 🙂 ) Panelists include Commercial Broadway Producers: Eric S. Goldman (Entertainment Attorney), Patrick Blake, Van Dean, Jeremy Handelman, Cheryl Wiesenfeld, and James L. Simon. Here are my notes from the panel – with questions:

Why People Invest – How to Pitch and Choose Projects

1. People invest and produce for different reasons, including: profit– everyone hopes to make money, but people may invest for other reasons – relationship to creative team and/or producer, experience – the thrill of being part of a glamour industry, with opening nights, parties, and the chance to mingle with stars, passion for the project – the artistry, message, etc.!

Basic RGB

2. Is this show well-crafted? (I had the opportunity to successfully present my musical SSS…WITCH! ssswitch.net  as part of the TRU series “How To Write a Musical” – the experience was quite helpful!)

3. Does this show have a selling point? Is it based on a popular property? If so, does the producer and/or writer own the rights? Does it have a celebrity star? Will that star sell tickets?

4. Who is on the production team? Is there a capable general manager? Does it have a realistic budget? (cast size? sets? etc.)

S.A.F.E. – An Acronym for Smart Choices

1. S – What will Sell this Show?  A name-brand property? the concept? the celebrity star? the writing team?

2. A – Audience Who is your Target Audience (not “everyone” be specific – and spill over). Do these people go to the theatre?

3. F –  Funds How are your investors going to recoup their money – and how long will it take?  How many tickets do you have to sell – and how much will it cost to keep that show afloat? (You can make money beyond Broadway in stock and amateur rights. Musicals are more likely to tour than straight plays – and don’t forget licensing – shared by authors and sometimes producers!)

4. E – Environment What is happening in the world and current theater environment? Aim for relevance and avoid repetition.

Producers and Projects need to Match!

Producers choose shows for a several reasons – passion for the subject, love of the artistry, money-making potential, entertainment and fun, etc.  Nobody does everything well – or wants to – talent and funding need to match!

The Journey

Most shows don’t open on Broadway. They start in regional theatres, off (and off-off Broadway), festivals (for example, fringe and New York Musical Festival) London’s West End, International Venues, and today’s trend – the movie-cal a slick move from Screen to Stage!

Dr. Sue Sings "You Can Be a Hero"

Dr. Sue Sings “You Can Be a Hero”

Hope you enjoy hearing me sing my original song “You Can Be a Hero” from my musical show “Cupid’s Dart”   (performed at Theater for the New City)

“You Can Be a Hero” copyright 2015 Susan Horowitz

Creative Living by Dr. Sue: Do What You Love!

These tips are intended to help you make smart choices. But even if you never make a dime, if you do what you love, you’ll have the time of your life!

Support the Arts!: Without the arts, many children have no chance for a better, more fulfilling life! Without the arts, there is no real beauty, joy,  or civilization!

Dr. Sue’s mission is to create and perform empowering entertainment!

Sue MimosaBlog by Susan “Dr. Sue” Horowitz,Ph.D.  www.drsue.com 

CD “Keys of Love”  www.cdbaby.com/drsue

Book: “Queens of Comedy” (interviews with Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller, etc.) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/219367