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Weekly conversations and insights on the fine line between setback and success in the performing arts. Fellow creatives share their own journey as artists and the lessons learned along the way with host Patrick Oliver Jones, an actor who knows first-hand the ups and downs we all face.

August 5, 2020

David Ruttura - Broadway’s Associate Director of Plays and Musicals Cuts Loose

David and I first met last year as he directed the 90-minute version of FOOTLOOSE on Norwegian Cruise Line. But In New York, he spends his time working with some of the best directors on Broadway from SCHOOL OF ROCK and BEAUTIFUL to LOMBARDI and NETWORK (starring Bryan Cranston).

As assistant director, I ask what's kept him from being In the top spot as well as what he think of cruise ship productions. But the show I really focus on is the most reviewed and vilified Broadway show so far this century -- SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK. As Resident Director, how did he manage and maintain such a constantly changing show? It's a full conversation with plenty of theater know-how and behind the scenes stories.

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Audio used in this episode:
FOOTLOOSE Promo Video and "Somebody's Eyes" (underscoring), Norwegian Cruise Lines.

"Hill And Dale" and "Dusk" by Chad Crouch is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.
"Smooth Actor" by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License. Based on a work at
"Broadway's 'Spider-Man' Musical Turns Off The Lights At Last" by Jeff Lunden on NPR, January, 3, 2014.

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