South Florida audiences know Fort Lauderdale resident Tony Finstrom for his award-winning plays. His most recent works have headlined at Jan McArt’s New Play Reading Series at Lynn University in Boca Raton and the Broward Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs.
But, despite his success as a playwright, even more theater fans around the world know Finstrom for his daily email missives and news reports on the theater community. Known as “Tony’s Latest,” his emails aggregate stories from leading newspapers, blogs, reviews, columns and a very detailed “Today in Theatre History” feature that is unrivaled.
“Most (of my readers) I don’t even know,” explained Finstrom, who moved 25 years ago from New York to Fort Lauderdale. “They’re friends of friends of friends. It started with a group of snowbirds here in South Florida who liked to keep abreast of what’s going on in New York and London and L.A.”
Now, each day, thousands of people get the latest theater news, thanks to “Tony’s Latest.”
“It’s not enough to put it up on a website. But, when you serve it up to them, they read,” he said, amazed at the viral nature of his pet project.