Consider the late Cy Feuer and Ernest Martin, who together produced some of Broadway’s monster hits, including “Guys and Dolls” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
Even with five hit musicals in a row and multiple Tony awards to his credit, Feuer mused on the luck that ordains hits and misses:
“It is a completely mystifying thing, success,” he wrote. “What works and what doesn’t. You can apply faultless logic, work with geometric precision, allow for every single pitfall, have the perfect cast and the perfect story, and still turn out a dud. There are so many complicating intangibles. It’s like the chaos theory. The miracle is that it sometimes works.”
Bottom line: The more you can produce and the better you can produce it, the greater your odds of succeeding.
—Adapted from “Cy Feuer, 95: Producer Of Broadway Musicals,” Michael Kuchawara, The Washington Post.