Robert R Blume is a veteran entertainment producer and talent manager who served as Executive Producer of the Annual DRAMA DESK AWARDS (the “Golden Globes” of theatre) from 1999 until 2018.
As a producer, Mr. Blume recently produced a LIVE streaming concert on the Metropolitan Zoom virtual nightclub platform out of STUDIO A in New York titled LOVE SPRINGS ETERNAL starring the duo of Kea Chan and Kayla Merrow with Bobby DeLeon on keyboards. Prior to that he produced SPECIAL 3K , a female singing trio comprised of Kea Chan, Kayla Merrow and Denise Kara, in a concert titled LOOKING TOWARDS TOMORROW. This concert during lockdown also featured Justin Senense with Bobby DeLeon again on keyboards and was shown on the Metropolitan Zoom virtual nightclub platform.
In addition, he has 2 concerts streaming on both Broadwayworld.com and T2Conline.com (Times Square Chronicles) as a benefit for THE ACTORS FUND Covid 19 Relief Effort. STEPPIN’ FORWARD TO VIRTUALLY CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF THE LEGENDARY NEIL SEDAKA which features his clients and special friends performing the music of Neil Sedaka from their homes during lockdown. Mr. Sedaka also appears at the beginning of the concert with personal introductory remarks; and ASIAN ARTISTS STEP FORWARD at THE GREEN ROOM 42 which features the top Asian talent managed by his company.
In addition, he has five (5) projects in development under the production arm of STEP FORWARD ENTERTAINMENT: a stage play, THE INTERRUPTED JOURNEY based on the best-selling book by John G. Fuller about the true story of an alien abduction in the 1960’s; a TV series based on the Indie short film CHILDISH DREAM TALES: The Mess Up Room (Amazon Prime) which, as a short film, was an official selection of the Hunter Mountain Film Festival; a musical variety show for TV developed with Katerin Rodriquez; a TV dramady pilot, THAT MANILA GIRL! Which takes place in both America and the Philippines; and further development and booking of his K&K Duo of Kea Chan and Kayla Merrow; and the young dynamo, Denise Kara in concert!
Mr. Blume, as a talent manager, oversees his clients under the banner of bi-coastal management/production company STEP FORWARD ENTERTAINMENT in association with longtime Agent and Manager, Jacque Pederson-Schrimscher. They have had a client starring on tour in the Broadway National tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Golde); and others that recently starred on Broadway in GRINCH and FREAKY FRIDAY in Los Angeles, among others. Clients also were guest stars, co-stars and had recurring roles on numerous TV shows this past season on shows such as FBI, FBI: MOST WANTED, BULL, WU TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA, HUNTERS, SHAMELESS, TOMMY, THE BLACKLIST, LAW AND ORDER SVU, DAREDEVIL, LUKE CAGE, MANIFEST, BLUE BLOODS, NEW AMSTERDAM, BILLIONS, BRONX SIU, THE RESIDENT, YOUNGER, ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING, among many others.
After producing award show productions on PBS and the OVATION Network and Executive Producing the Indie short films, LOOPING and CHILDISH DREAM TALES, Mr. Blume returned to the Theatre, where he recently produced various NY and Atlantic City productions of ON KENTUCKY AVENUE, The Atlantic City Club Harlem Musical; SKITSO! Starring Australian actor/writer/comedian Jim Dailakis at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and The Triad, NYC; and was a co-Producer on a revival of the play, ME AND JEZEBEL at the Snapple Theater in NYC. Some of his other notable theatrical producing ventures include two New York Concert Productions at Carnegie Hall in New York - SUE MATHYS SINGS BROADWAY & PIAF in collaboration with Les Schecter and The Swiss Society of New York and TEHORAH starring Adrienne Haan in partnership with Joseph Barry; and the Off- Broadway thriller MINDGAME starring Academy and Tony Award winner, Keith Carradine and directed by the late film legend, Ken Russell at The SoHo Playhouse, NYC. His long-time producing resume also includes two Broadway productions, two Los Angeles productions, International tours and productions in Canada, Italy and Monte Carlo.
He is proud to have been a 20-year Tony voter as a member of THE BROADWAY LEAGUE and is currently in his 20thyear as a DRAMA DESK AWARDS voter. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the DUKE ELLINGTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS and a strategic advisor to the website for entertainment professionals, ForTalent.com.
Bob Blume with Liza Minnelli