Yesterday the Broadway community experienced a very big loss in the passing of Randall Wreghitt. I had the opportunity to meet him on a number of occasions and also see him speak while I was working with TRU.
Seth Godin talks about the fact that we should ignore the resistance and just "Do the work", this is what Randall did every day of his life. There are many people who have the title of producer, but do not actually produce anything. Randall was an amazing producer who worked very hard to bring the importance of a great story into the Broadway community. The projects he chose were always powerful and engaging and one of my top experiences of all time was seeing Metamorphoses which he produced at Circle in the Square. As a producer he was prolific and loved by this community.
In addition to being a force in the producing community, he was also one of the nicest and most giving people you could meet. I had seen him speak on many panels about his relationships with his investors and I was always impressed by his generosity as well as his knowledge of building relationships. My only regret is that I didn't get to meet with him one on one rather than in passing as I'm sure there would have been much more to learn.
So farewell dear Randall. Thanks for reminding us all about what producing is really about.
So in honor of Randall, if you are a producer and you're reading this, make that call to your investors, producing partners, and producing colleagues. Life is a precious gift and the people in our lives are even more precious.
Don't lose touch.