Tom Viertel

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Tom Viertel is the Executive Director of the Commercial Theater Institute, the official training organization for Broadway producers, a project of the Broadway League and TDF. He and his partners have produced a wide range of productions over 34 years, including the original Broadway productions of The Producers, Hairspray, Young Frankenstein, Smokey Joe’s Café, Angels in America, Penn & Teller, The Parisian Woman, The Weir, The Encounter, and Swing. Their notable revivals include Gypsy, The Norman Conquests, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Damn Yankees, The Sound of Music and Little Shop of Horrors. Notable off-Broadway premieres include Driving Miss Daisy, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, Oleanna, Jeffrey, and Marvin’s Room. They most recently produced the off-Broadway revival of Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller. They’ve mounted many national tours and productions in London, Australia and throughout Asia. Last season they were co-producers of the Broadway productions of Oklahoma! and Be More Chill. Their productions have received dozens of awards, including 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 4 Grammy Awards, and 2 Olivier Awards for Best Musical. Their 9 Tony Awards include all 4 “Best” categories – play, musical, revival of a play and revival of a musical. They own and operate the acclaimed supper club Feinstein’s/54 Below. Mr. Viertel is a member of the Board of Governors and Government Relations Committee of the Broadway League, and a Trustee of the Equity-League Pension Funds. He is Chairman of the Board of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, America’s foremost development center for new theatrical work, in Waterford, Connecticut, winner of two Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts.