What's Playing at the Front-Row Fringe Festival?
Front - Row Fringe
Festival Performances March 11-13th, 2022
NEW! in 2022
Pitch Session with Broadway Producers!
A Tony Award-winning theatre producer and live entertainment consultant, Cody was most recently represented on Broadway by Paula Vogel's Pulitzer-winning play How I Learned To Drive and Indecent and the Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening, which transferred from a 99 seat production in Los Angeles to Broadway in just 366 days. Upcoming Projects include A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet, Mother, and The 12. Recent co-producing credits include Thoughts of a Colored Man, What The Constitution Means To Me, Tootsie, Torch Song, The Band's Visit, Significant Other, and Macbeth. Combined, his shows have grossed over a half-billion dollars on Broadway. Upcoming projects include Some Lovers, a new musical by Burt Bacharach (Promises, Promises) & Steven Sater (Spring Awakening) and Directed by Josh Rhodes (Grand Hotel), the first revival of Titanic, The Flamingo Kid, and Alice By Heart, by Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater & Jessie Nelson (Waitress) and Directed by Nelson. Combined, his Broadway productions have grossed over $770M and have a recoupment rate of 46.7%, which is more than twice the industry average.
In addition to producing his own projects, Cody consults for major studios, producers, theaters, and agencies to help them discover how they should market their shows for the best chance of financial and critical success. Previously, he was the Director of Marketing for Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group and its three theaters: the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre, attracting an audience of more than 500,000 and revenues of more than $30 million annually.
Prior roles included live entertainment management positions with Nielsen and NBCUniversal. Cody serves on the board of New York's Vineyard Theatre, one of the country's preeminent theaters for the creation and development of new plays and musicals, and also serves as Vice-chair of the board of GLAAD, the world's leading LGBT advocacy organization. He is an active member of the Broadway League, where he serves on the legislative council, The Off-Broadway League, the National Association of Musical Theatre, the Theatre Communications Group and the Travel and Tourism Research Association. He earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame and is a graduate of DePaul University. He's been featured in the New York Times, Bloomberg TV and BBC Radio talking about the business of Broadway, and has lectured on producing at Rutgers University, DePaul University, The Commercial Theatre Institute, and Theatre Resources Unlimited.
BLAIR RUSSELL is the named sponsor of this year's Front-Row Fringe Festival, and a Tony nominated producer, developer, supporter, and lover of theatre whose experience ranges from fringe festivals to Broadway shows. He specializes in the development of new plays and musicals.
He produces live immersive audio dramas as Director of Operations for Resounding.
As a producer, Blair is most proud of bringing Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris to Broadway. Some of his other favorite credits include the critically acclaimed immersive Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd at the Greenwich House Theater, and the West End productions of Gyspy with Imelda Staunton and Show Boat at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.
For Jujamcyn Theaters, Blair oversaw the daily activities of the office of the President before joining the Theatre Operations department in managing the running of five Broadway theaters.
At Goodspeed Musicals (a two-time Tony award-winning regional theater) he assisted the producers in managing the seasons at both the mainstage Opera House and the Terris Theater, line produced the annual Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, and assisted with the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony. Some of his favorite shows at Goodspeed include The Circus in Winter, Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, and LMNOP.
Blair previously worked as a stage manager for companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Santa Fe Opera, Goodspeed Musicals, Opera Santa Barbara, and Virginia Repertory Theatre.
He currently serves on the board of The New Harmony Project and is Co-President of the board of New York Theatre Barn. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Technical Theatre/Stage Management.
FRONT-ROW FRINGE PRODUCTIONS SCHEDULE
Thursday March 10, 2022
7pm - Opening Night Party, Welcome from Fringe Director and Staff.
7:30pm – Fringe Preview
10pm Homeschooled (pilot episode)
Friday March 11, 2022
6pm - Sherman Edwards: Stand-Up (encore presentation)
6:30pm - Covid Burlesque (encore presentation)
Homeschooled (episode 2)
10pm - Walking on Spectrum
11:59pm - Sherman Edwards: Stand-Up (encore presentation)
12:30am - Covid Burlesque (encore presentation)
Saturday March 12, 2022
12pm - Tears of the Soul
3pm - Homeschooled (episode 3)
4pm - Intensify (encore presentation)
5pm - The Rest is Silence
7pm - Homeschooled (episode 4)
10pm - Walking on Spectrum
11pm - Sherman Edwards: Stand-Up (encore presentation)
11:30pm - Covid Burlesque (encore presentation)
Sunday March 13, 2022
12pm - The Rest is Silence
3pm - Broadway Pitch Session/Seminar w Cody Lassen and Blair Russell
4pm - Clay's Place - Inside My Blue Mind
5pm Homeschooled (episode 5)
6pm Awards Ceremony/ Closing Night Party/Dance Party
Fringe Artist Lineup
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