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    July 9, 2021
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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How Broadway Records Kept the Music Playing Throughout the Shutdown
Friday, July 9th, 2021 at 4:30 eastern time

Community Gathering on Zoom - register with the bright red reservation box to receive the Zoom link. These gatherings are a service for the theater community and are offered free for TRU members; we ask that non-members help keep us running by making a donation or joining as a member.

In the room: Van Dean, Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway producer and the president and co-founder of Broadway Records talks about how his company survived, pivoted, and even expanded during the pandemic. Including high-profile COVID-inspired projects like best-selling author Jodi Picoult's Breathe musical, the all-star home-recorded Artists in Residence, a new collaboration with NY Theatre Barn of recordings of new works in development, Ahrens & Flaherty's Legacy, If The Fates Allow: A Hadestown Holiday Album, the Averno magical transmedia Universe of musicals and a current initiative with Black Theatre Coalition for an upcoming Black Writers Amplified, an album consisting entirely of new works by Black musical theatre writers.


    is a Tony¬ģ Award and Grammy¬ģ Award-winning producer of 13 Broadway musicals and plays (including¬†Jagged Little Pill,¬†Anastasia,¬†Rodgers and Hammerstein‚Äôs Cinderella,¬†The Gershwins‚Äô Porgy & Bess,¬†Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can, Evita, The Best Man, The Velocity of Autumn), 250+ musical theater-related recordings (including¬†Matilda,¬†The Color Purple,¬†Anastasia,¬†My Fair Lady,¬†If The Fates Allow: Hadestown Holiday Album,¬†The Lightning Thief), as well as numerous Broadway/National Tours, Off-Broadway musicals, concert events, a West End production, and a documentary film. Van is President and Co-Founder of Broadway Records and his philanthropic work includes being a producer of ‚ÄúBroadway For Orlando: What The World Needs Now is Love‚ÄĚ, Broadway United‚Äôs ‚ÄúWe Are The World‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúBroadway Kids Against Bullying: I Have a Voice‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúFrom Broadway With Love‚ÄĚ benefit concerts for Sandy Hook, Orlando (Emmy Award winner for sound design) and Parkland as well his work with NewArts in Sandy Hook/Newtown, CT.