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Stagecraft with Gordon Cox
Behind the scenes with the biggest stars on Broadway, Off Broadway and beyond.
Jul 21, 2020
How Theater Meets Activism With the Broadway Advocacy Coalition
Co-founders Adrienne Warren and Zhailon Levingston on BAC's work at the intersection of arts and activism.
Jul 14, 2020
Sarah Jones' New Theater is Instagram
The writer-performer gets both personal and political on her new Instagram Live show.
Jun 30, 2020
How One Theater Leader Practices Anti-Racism
Baltimore Center Stage artistic director Stephanie Ybarra on her ongoing anti-racism work, at her own theater and in the industry at large.
Jun 16, 2020
The Overlooked Composer Who Inspired Broadway's Rising Stars
Shaina Taub and Kris Kukul on "The Liz Swados Project," the starry new album celebrating Swados' work and influence.
Jun 9, 2020
What Does Anti-Racist Theater Look Like?
What Broadway and the theater industry can do to work toward anti-racism, with artist, educator and activist Nicole Brewer.
Jun 2, 2020
Swerving to Serve a Theater Community in Lockdown
Playwright Sarah Ruhl on how the new theater site 3Views changed its mission after the pandemic hit.
May 26, 2020
Michael R. Jackson Has Finally Accepted He’s a Composer
The Pulitzer-winning creator of “A Strange Loop” on how he celebrated in lockdown, why he used to balk at being called a composer, and how “A Chorus Line” made him cry at his office temp job.
May 19, 2020
Lockdown Theater’s Most In-Demand Director
Broadway’s go-to livestream director Paul Wontorek on what works, what doesn’t, and what’s next.
May 12, 2020
Brian Stokes Mitchell's Fight to Help the Whole Industry Get Better
The Tony-winning Broadway favorite on his coronavirus recovery, the Actors Fund, and why “Impossible Dream” is the perfect song for right now.
May 5, 2020
'Moulin Rouge!,' 'King Kong' and the View from Down Under
Global Creatures CEO Carmen Pavlovic on what it's like producing theater around the world right now, and what comes next.
Apr 28, 2020
Alex Newell is Destined for Effie
The Broadway alum, now on “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist," talks genderfluidity, Barbara Streisand and his “Dreamgirls” goals.
Apr 21, 2020
What Pandemic Theater Can Sound Like
Audible's Kate Navin on the Williamstown Theater Festival and one way to sustain theater in the coming months.
Apr 14, 2020
How fans are devouring theater in the time of social distancing, with the co-founders of BroadwayHD.
Apr 7, 2020
Broadway's Always Been Edgy
Set during the Golden Age of Broadway, Emily Neuberger's new novel "A Tender Thing" reminds us musicals were made to push boundaries.
Mar 31, 2020
How Off Broadway Copes With the Coronavirus Shutdown
Playwright Martyna Majok and theater executive Jeremy Blocker on "Sanctuary City" and surviving the shutdown.
Mar 24, 2020
Karen Olivo on 'Moulin Rouge!' and Life in the Broadway Shutdown
The "Moulin Rouge!" star talks shaping Satine, 'In the Heights' anticipation and the felting on her to-do list.
Mar 10, 2020
What Lois Smith Learned From the Greats
The actress, now in "The Inheritance," on the lessons of Elia Kazan, Lee Strasberg, and more.
Mar 3, 2020
How 'Six' Conquered the World
"Six" creators Toby Marlow, Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage on Tudor queens, pop icons and conference rooms in Edinburgh.
Feb 25, 2020
Katori Hall's 'Quiet Revolution'
The playwright talks hot wings, Tina Turner, and Lil Bad Cousin, her rapping alter ego.
Feb 18, 2020
How 'Cambodian Rock Band' Became One of the Most Produced Plays in the U.S.
Bending genres, confronting history and rocking out, with playwright Lauren Yee and director Chay Yew.
Feb 11, 2020
Duncan Sheik Created a Monster
The Tony-winning composer, whose latest musical "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" is now playing Off Broadway, talks the Buddhist mafia, his controversial thoughts about songs forwarding plot, and the trend he helped launch with "Spring Awakening."
Feb 4, 2020
Vampires, Cowboys and Stealth Diversity
Writer Qui Nguyen, the co-founder of Vampire Cowboys Theater Company, talks stage superheroes, Comic-Con and his new play "Revenge Song," about historical badass Julie d'Aubigny.
Jan 28, 2020
"Mrs. Doubtfire," Live From BroadwayCon
Gender politics, quick changes and honoring Robin Williams: a live conversation with Rob McClure, Jerry Zaks and more, recorded at BroadwayCon 2020.
Jan 21, 2020
Why Not Do The Crazy Thing?
Why playwright Bess Wohl, now making her Broadway debut with “Grand Horizons,” keeps asking for the impossible.
Jan 14, 2020
What Laura Linney Learns From Bad Shows
The "Ozark" actress, now on Broadway in "My Name is Lucy Barton," on the lessons of failure, her favorite costars and why solo shows are "bonkers."
Jan 7, 2020
Sometimes Theater Is Just Like Football
Actor-producer Nnamdi Asomugha traded in pro football for Broadway, where he’s now starring in “A Soldier’s Play.”
Dec 19, 2019
The Surreal Spectacle of ‘Cats,’ Explained
Director Tom Hooper talks digital fur, trailer reactions and the reason that only some cats wear shoes.
Dec 10, 2019
Lucas Hnath's Own Play Gave Him Nightmares
The playwright behind "The Thin Place" and "Dana H." talks mental remapping, performing trauma and why in ghost stories, less is more.
Dec 3, 2019
Let's Talk About Sex Onstage
How Broadway's first intimacy director, Claire Warden, is helping to revolutionize how actors get intimate.
Nov 26, 2019
How To Be The Most-Produced Playwright in America
Writer Lauren Gunderson reveals the secrets to her success. Step 1: Write. A lot.
Nov 19, 2019
Jonathan Groff Knows He’s a Spitter
The star of "Mindhunter" and "Frozen 2" gets wet for his current gig in "Little Shop of Horrors."
Nov 12, 2019
Brian Cox on Shakespeare, 'Succession' and the Crisis We're In
Why the actor, now on Broadway in 'The Great Society,' chases 'scripts of the now.'
Nov 5, 2019
How 'The Lightning Thief' Hopes to Open Up Broadway
The musical's creative team talks pushing boundaries and sea changes.
Oct 29, 2019
The Impact of 'For Colored Girls,' Then and Now
Actress Adrienne C. Moore on Ntozake Shange, "Wonder Woman" and life after "Orange is the New Black."
Oct 22, 2019
The 'Soft Power' of Musicals to Change Minds
Composer Jeanine Tesori on how musicals can spur change, and how her latest changed her.
Oct 15, 2019
How 'Jagged Little Pill' Will Rock Broadway
Meet the creators and producers bringing Alanis to Broadway. Recorded at Variety's Business of Broadway breakfast.
Oct 8, 2019
Kristin Chenoweth Wants to Write a Broadway Musical
The Broadway favorite dishes on her new album, her worst flub, and the bucket-list musical she wants to write.
Oct 1, 2019
The Broadway Controversies and Coups of Two Acting Greats
Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce, now in “The Height of the Storm,” reveal favorite roles, Broadway memories and the “Phantom” casting that never was.
Sep 24, 2019
Why Tom Hiddleston Thinks Everyone Should Play Hamlet
Hiddleston and his co-stars in "Betrayal," Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox, talk Pinter, dick-swinging and superheroes.
Sep 10, 2019
Derren Brown Spills His Broadway 'Secret'
The mentalist and illusionist on the magic of theater, the theatrics of magic, and why he's banned from casinos all across the U.K.
Aug 27, 2019
How Joel Grey Made 'Fiddler' New Again
The actor, director and photographer talks directing in a language he doesn't know, memories of Hal Prince, and sexy flowers.
Aug 13, 2019
Jake Gyllenhaal is his 'Best Self' in the Theater
Behind the scenes at Broadway's "Sea Wall/A Life,' with Gyllenhaal and director Carrie Cracknell.
Jul 30, 2019
What Rita Rudner Learned From Broadway Greats
The comic, now starring in musical "Two's a Crowd," started out in some legendary Broadway shows.
Jul 16, 2019
The Special Sauce in Broadway's 'Moulin Rouge!'
Writer John Logan and director Alex Timbers bring elephants, windmills, Baz and Beyoncé to Broadway.
Jul 2, 2019
Plays for Your Ears
How Jeremy McCarter acts locally but thinks globally with podcast series Make-Believe.
Jun 25, 2019
New List, New Leaders for The Kilroys
Playwrights Hilary Bettis and Caroline V. McGraw on how the collective will expand its push for parity.
Jun 18, 2019
Audra McDonald Faces Her Fear in 'Frankie and Johnny'
The Tony-winning actress talks intimacy onstage, Broadway diversity and why she calls Michael Shannon "The Rev."
Jun 11, 2019
How Disney Taught a Generation to Love Musicals
From early Broadway days to Marvel and Star Wars, with Disney Theatrical president Thomas Schumacher.
Jun 7, 2019
Why Tony Rehearsals Make James Corden Cry
Get a backstage glimpse at the Tony Awards from this year's host.
May 28, 2019
Rosemary Harris' Tony Has a Typo
Tales from the actress’ storied career, including that time she got discovered walking a gay dog.
May 21, 2019
Bryan Cranston on the Exhausting Joys of Broadway
The award-winning actor spills backstage secrets behind his Tony-nominated turn in “Network.”
May 14, 2019
Santino Fontana's 'Tootsie' For Our Time
The Tony-nominated actor on fighting the good fight, and why it’s “like a war movie” backstage.
May 7, 2019
Why Aaron Sorkin Cut His Favorite Scene From 'To Kill A Mockingbird'
The "West Wing" writer killed his darlings to make his Broadway "Mockingbird" work.
Apr 30, 2019
How John Cameron Mitchell's 'Anthem' Fits Into the Mitchellverse
The 'Hedwig' creator explains how his new musical podcast series nods to his previous work.
Apr 23, 2019
Kelli O'Hara Brings #MeToo to 'Kiss Me, Kate'
The Broadway favorite talks vocal honesty and what her Tony win means to her.
Apr 16, 2019
The 'Dumb Joke' Hidden in 'White Noise'
Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and director Oskar Eustis talk race, art, slavery and... bowling?
Apr 9, 2019
'Beetlejuice' and the Biggest Taboo
The new musical's creators reveal how the show has changed since its DC tryout.
Apr 2, 2019
Kidding Around in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
How not to act your age, with Broadway favorites Celia Keenan-Bolger and Gideon Glick.
Mar 26, 2019
How Phoebe Waller-Bridge Shocked Herself
The "Fleabag" and "Killing Eve" creator revisits her breakout stage role.
Mar 19, 2019
The Balls-Out Theatricality of Sam Mendes
The Oscar winner on “The Ferryman” and how James Bond made him a writer.
Mar 12, 2019
Secrets of Sound Design
Sound designer Gareth Owen gives theatergoers a few pointers on understanding an esoteric art.
Mar 5, 2019
Bringing 'Oklahoma!' and Alanis to Broadway
Producer Eva Price talks taking risks with her two big Broadway projects.
Feb 26, 2019
How Anaïs Mitchell and Rachel Chavkin created their buzzy, Broadway-bound musical.
Feb 19, 2019
The Tony winner reveals her most challenging role.
Feb 12, 2019
A top director of Hollywood musicals spills his secrets.
Feb 5, 2019
The fast-rising Broadway star on what he wishes he knew as a young actor.
Jan 29, 2019
Making 'The Prom'
Bob Martin and Beth Leavel get political with their critically acclaimed new musical comedy.
Jan 22, 2019
The actor talks 'True West' and the ghost of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Jan 15, 2019
The writer-performer on her scary-topical hit "What The Constitution Means To Me."
Jan 8, 2019
Jason Robert Brown
The Broadway composer on writing for Ariana Grande -- and for himself.
Dec 18, 2018
Tyne Daly & Tim Daly
The real-life siblings on playing brother and sister onstage
Dec 11, 2018
The former Harry Potter on how Broadway made him a better actor.
Dec 4, 2018
The Cher Show
Creators take you backstage with 635 costumes, 6 million feathers and one pioneering superstar.
Nov 27, 2018
Ep53 - Joan Allen
The Tony winner talks Broadway, her favorite film and women's roles in Hollywood.
Nov 20, 2018
Michael C. Hall
The actor talks "Thom Pain," queer roles and more "Dexter."
Nov 13, 2018
Her new play, her recent movie and what "Fatal Attraction" means in the #MeToo era.
Nov 6, 2018
How "the DeNiro of Israel" stole tricks from a Tony winner in "The Band's Visit."
Oct 30, 2018
The veteran stage and screen actress doesn't love "Grease" as much as you do.
Oct 23, 2018
'Dear Evan Hansen': The Novel
A YA adaptation reveals new secrets of the fan-favorite Tony winner.
Oct 16, 2018
Why Mandvi's 20-year-old play "Sakina's Restaurant" is suddenly a political statement.
Oct 9, 2018
Power of Broadway
Top execs talk the business of Broadway at Variety's power breakfast.
Oct 2, 2018
He wrote a play with Bob Dylan tunes -- but don't call it a jukebox musica
Sep 18, 2018
Theresa Rebeck & Janet McTeer
The writer and star of “Bernhardt/Hamlet” on their timely play about a powerful woman
Sep 4, 2018
The "Pretty Woman" star on nostalgia, reviews, and that injured knee.
Aug 21, 2018
How to make your musical go viral, according to the fan-fave composer.
Aug 7, 2018
Michael Mayer & Spencer Liff
Why the Go-Go's and 16th century literature make a perfect match in "Head Over Heels."
Jul 24, 2018
The "Star Trek" actor talks Broadway, gay rights and his dream role.
Jul 10, 2018
The Emmy winner on an “Orphan Black” reunion and her timely new stage role.
Jun 26, 2018
'Once On This Island' Producer on His Surprising Tony Win
Producer Ken Davenport dissects his unexpected Tony triumph and blurs the lines with "Gettin' The Band Back Together."
Jun 19, 2018
The Tony-winning actor, now returning to the New York stage in "The Great Leap," talks basketball in Beijing, dinosaurs, mad scientists, Whiterose, and the secret origin of his name.
Jun 12, 2018
Ep36 - Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells / The Boys in the Band
Two stars of the big-name revival of the landmark gay drama "The Boys in the Band" talk Broadway debuts, Tony parties, Rannells' new book and why Bomer's next Broadway show should be a musical.
Jun 5, 2018
Ep35 - Basil Twist
The puppeteer, a MacArthur genius grant winner, explains the difference between working downtown and working on Broadway, and spills the secrets behind the new revival of his 20-year-old breakout show, "Symphonie Fantastique."
May 29, 2018
Ep34 - Andrew Garfield
The actor, nominated for a Tony Award for his leading role in "Angels in America," compares the Tonys and the Oscars, talks up the timeliness of "Angels" and reveals what is, for him, "the greatest privilege in playing this part."
May 23, 2018
Ep33 - Tina Fey, Jeff Richmond & Nell Benjamin
The writers of the Tony-nominated "Mean Girls" -- book writer Tina Fey, composer Jeff Richmond and lyricist Nell Benjamin -- take us behind the scenes of their fetch new musical.
May 15, 2018
Ep32 - LaChanze
Tony Award winner and current nominee LaChanze dishes on the Tonys, shares what it means to her to play Donna Summer in the bio-musical "Summer," and reveals why she started going by just one name.
May 8, 2018
Ep31 - Lauren Ambrose & Harry Hadden-Paton
The Tony-nominated stars of Lincoln Center Theater's "My Fair Lady" talk about performing the classic musical in the era of Time's Up and reveal how Adele helped Ambrose pick up Eliza Doolittle's accent.
May 1, 2018
Ep30 - Lynn Nottage
The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner of "Ruined" and "Sweat" reveals the secret origins of her new play "Mlima's Tale" -- including its surprising link to Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow.
Apr 25, 2018
Ep29 - Tom Hiddleston & William Shakespeare
The "Avengers: Infinity War" star reveals how he first got hooked on The Bard and details his recent production of "Hamlet."
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Apr 24, 2018
Ep28 - Chris Evans
Evans, now on Broadway in "Lobby Hero" and soon to reprise his signature role as Captain America in "Avengers: Infinity War," reveals his theater-kid roots, details the difficulties of spit management and ponders his future with -- or without -- Captain America.
Apr 17, 2018
Ep27 - Jamie Parker
The Olivier-winning star of Broadway's "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" reveals how he got cast as the boy wizard, why he's re-read the books five or six times, and what it's like interacting with the show's international audience of superfans.
Apr 10, 2018
Ep26 - Joshua Jackson & Lauren Ridloff
Joshua Jackson ("Dawson's Creek," "Fringe") and newcomer Lauren Ridloff, the stars of the new Broadway revival of "Children of a Lesser God," sound off on accessibility, representation, communication and why "Children" is still so relevant today.
Apr 3, 2018
Ep25 - Billie Piper
The "Doctor Who" star talks about reprising her Olivier Award-winning role in "Yerma," along the way touching on her pop-star past, the film she's directing and the musical that might be in her future.
Mar 27, 2018
Ep24 - Billy Crudup
There are several characters in the Off Broadway thriller "Harry Clarke." But they're all played by Billy Crudup -- who sure does get lonely up there sometimes.
Mar 20, 2018
Ep23 - Robert Greenblatt
The chairman of NBC Entertainment is the man responsible for the network's embrace of theater, performance and live programming, from the new "Rise" to the upcoming "Jesus Christ Superstar" to "Smash" -- and he's also a theater fan and producer.
Mar 13, 2018
Ep22 - Lee Pace
Pace, the "Halt and Catch Fire" star who's now appearing on Broadway in "Angels in America," takes listeners behind the scenes of the "massive" Tony Kushner play -- and explains why he'd love it if Donald Trump came to see the show.
Mar 6, 2018
Ep21 - Casey Nicholaw
Director-choreographer Casey Nicholaw, Broadway's go-to guy for musical comedy, gives the scoop on his buzzy upcoming production of "Mean Girls," and along the way talks getting "Aladdin" right, why "The Prom" is so timely and what it was like working with the "South Park" creators on "The Book of Mormon."
Feb 27, 2018
Ep20 - Gillian Jacobs & Thomas Kail
The star of "Love" and "Community," Gillian Jacobs, and "Hamilton" director Thomas Kail talk politics, margaritas and their new Off Broadway show, "Kings."
Feb 20, 2018
Ep19 - The Stars and Creators of Broadway's "Frozen"
Actresses Caissie Levy and Patti Murin, director Michael Grandage and designer Christopher Oram, four of the leading players behind Disney's Broadway adaptation of "Frozen," talk deeper characters, new songs and high expectations -- especially from the audience members who show up in costume.
Feb 13, 2018
Ep18 - Jake Shears & Kirstin Maldonado
Two pop musicans, Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters and Kirstin Maldonado of Pentatonix, talk about their starring roles in Broadway's "Kinky Boots" -- and why doing theater is like "slamming heroin and jumping out of an airplane, but in front of an audience."
Feb 6, 2018
Ep17 - Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga, the fan favorite who was the original star of "Miss Saigon" and is currently in "Once On This Island," talks Broadway diversity, her new album and finding musicals that "rock me to my core."
Jan 30, 2018
Ep16 - Victor Garber
Garber, back on Broadway opposite Bernadette Peters in "Hello, Dolly!," shares his thoughts on the theater, the Arrowverse and the idea of an "Alias" reunion -- and reveals the "weird thing" he used to have about singing, and how he got over it.
Jan 23, 2018
Ep15 - John Lithgow
The film, TV and stage veteran talks about his new Broadway show, "Stories By Heart" -- and reveals that even he feels like a fraud sometimes.
Jan 16, 2018
Ep14 - Keegan-Michael Key
The former "Key and Peele" star talks about his stage gigs in Broadway's "Meteor Shower" (opposite Amy Schumer), Off Broadways' "Hamlet" (opposite Oscar Isaac), his theater background, his "19-year detour into sketch comedy" and why he just can't stop craving the green lights.
Jan 9, 2018
Ep13 - Stephen Adly Guirgis
The Pulitzer-winning playwright ("Jesus Hopped the A Train," "Between Riverside and Crazy") talks about writing (and not writing), his recent forays into acting and why his current retrospective and residency at Signature Theater at first made him think, "Uh, oh. I'm old. It's done."
Dec 19, 2017
Ep12 - Rachel Bloom / Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The creator of the CW musical comedy series "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," Rachel Bloom is a theater geek at heart. She spills on her favorite musicals, the stage roles she'd like to play and recent events on "Crazy Ex" -- and sings a tune from the unproduced full-length musical she wrote, "Broadway Crazy."
Dec 12, 2017
Ep11 - John Leguizamo / Latin History for Morons
The writer-performer learned a lot in preparation for his new Broadway solo outing -- but his biggest takeaway is that he's "a true ghetto nerd."
Dec 5, 2017
Ep10 - Julie Taymor & David Henry Hwang / M. Butterfly
The director and playwright behind the Broadway revival of "M. Butterfly," starring Clive Owen, talk casting, stage pictures, gender in 2017, and why you can't have Borscht belt humor show up in Shanghai.
Nov 28, 2017
Ep9 - Creators and Stars of "SpongeBob Squarepants"
Director Tina Landau and writer Kyle Jarrow peel back the curtain to explain how they took "SpongeBob Squarepants" from screen to stage, and actors Ethan Slater and Lilli Cooper reveal how they bring two iconic animated characters to life.
Nov 21, 2017
Ep8 - Beau Willimon
The playwright and creator of TV shows "House of Cards" and the upcoming "The First" talks about his new Broadway play, "The Parisian Woman," starring Uma Thurman, and reveals why he's drawn to writing about politics, what it's like to write in the age of Trump, and why his TV career is still a surprise to him.
Nov 14, 2017
Ep7 - Ayad Akhtar
The Pulitzer-winning playwright of "Disgraced" talks about his new Broadway show "Junk," revealing how his father taught him about the stock market, the ways his experience with faith has affected his writing, and how he ended up as the skinny, serious young man in the background of the movie "Vanya on 42 Street."
Nov 7, 2017
Ep6 - Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty
The songwriters behind "Ragtime" and "Anastasia" talk about the new revival of their 1990 musical "Once On This Island," its found-object orchestra, diversity and authenticity on Broadway, and their "not particularly good" first song together.
Oct 31, 2017
Ep5 - Jonathan Groff
The Broadway favorite ("Hamilton," "Spring Awakening") talks about working with the famously meticulous director David Fincher in Netflix series "Mindhunter" -- and also spills the truth about the rap that Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote for Kelli O'Hara, explains why he's not on social media and reveals with Miranda calls him "the Snowden of Broadway."
Oct 24, 2017
Ep4 - Harvey Fierstein & Michael Urie of "Torch Song"
Playwright Harvey Fierstein and actor Michael Urie discuss "Torch Song," their newly revised version of Fierstein's breakout work "Torch Song Trilogy." Along the way they talk auditions, bus and truck tours, the legacy of gay history plays, and Estelle Getty.
Oct 17, 2017
Ep3 - Tracy Letts
Pulitzer and Tony-winning writer and actor Tracy Letts talks about his new, politically charged play "The Minutes," as well as his latest film, buzzmagnet November release "Lady Bird." He reveals why he's never written a part for himself, why he's happy not to have acted in a play lately, and how an act of blackmail led him to discover acting as a teenager.
Oct 10, 2017
Ep2 - Tony Shalhoub, Katrina Lenk & the Creators of "The Band's Visit"
Stars and creators of the buzzy, award-winning musical talk about bringing the Off Broadway hit to Broadway. Actress Katrina Lenk looks back on a breakout year, writer Itamar Moses explains adapting unlikely source material, composer David Yazbek encourages improvisation and Tony Shalhoub reveals what he finds "terrifying."
Oct 3, 2017
Ep1 - Harold Prince / "Prince of Broadway" & "Sense of Occasion"
Legendary Broadway producer-director Harold Prince, recipient of 21 Tony Awards, talks turkey about his storied career, his current projects, the recent revivals of his work -- and why he never wanted to be producer at all.