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There’s no business like show business” resonates with actors, directors, playwrights, and . . . lawyers? For Drew Cohen, who joined the New York�based theatrical licensing company Music Theatre International last year, his job as the director of business and legal affairs is as close to Broadway as a lawyer can get. Cohen, 34, negotiates contracts with the authors of the 250-plus musical shows that MTI represents. A graduate of Fordham University School of Law and Harvard Business School, Cohen wears two hats, spending some of his time on business development, looking for ways to bring in revenue on the plays MTI licenses. Due to his proximity to some of the world’s greatest performers, we were curious to find out if Cohen has any musical talent of his own. Can someone with a mind for torts have an ear for tunes? Well, maybe. Despite being a die-hard musical theater fan, Cohen’s own singing experience is limited to musicals in summer camp, where he was relegated to the chorus. All the world may be a stage, but not everyone gets a leading role. After law school, you worked at a big firm [the New York office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld] for almost four years. Why did you decide to move in-house? It’s one of the few areas of law that allows me to utilize my legal background while still working on the operations side of a company. Is the musical a dying genre? A lot of people say that the productions are out of touch with today’s sensibilities. That’s something that has been said for many years. While new musicals may not follow the style of traditional musicals, shows like Rent and Avenue Q adapt to today’s younger audiences. How do you get your theater tickets? I have some subscriptions. Having a subscription motivates you to go. Often, agents will encourage us to see the new shows in the hope that we might represent them in the future. What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line to buy tickets? Two-and-a-half hours for free tickets to The Taming of the Shrew in the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Favorite musical: Les Mis�rables, from the more recent era, and Guys and Dolls, from the more classic era. Favorite stage actors: James Naughton [ Chicago], Sherie Rene Scott [ Aida] Last book read: When Hollywood Had a King: The Reign of Lew Wasserman, by Connie Bruck CD currently in your stereo: Given that I have two kids [ages 3 and 5], Toby Lightman’s Little Things and the soundtrack to Beauty and the Beast. Favorite quote: “How do you make God laugh? Tell him your future plans.” Least favorite quote: “Hey, that’s showbiz.” Most memorable concert: Frank Sinatra at Radio City Music Hall, because it was my first concert. Concert you’d most like to attend: The Rolling Stones Favorite band or singer: Goo Goo Dolls The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? The Beatles What’s the most interesting rendition of a play that you’ve ever seen? One middle school’s all-male rendition of Annie. They had parental consent [laughs].

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