NBCUNIVERSAL TO EXPAND THRIVING LIVE STAGE BUSINESS
Tony Award®-Winning Producer and Chairman of NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt to Oversee Live Stage Business with Universal Pictures President Jimmy Horowitz
Universal City, CA, October 7, 2014 -NBCUniversal today announced that the company is realigning its live stage division under Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment. Universal Stage Productions (USP), which will continue to be led by Universal Pictures President Jimmy Horowitz, will expand its focus to include all of NBCUniversal properties.
"Starting with the enormous success of Wicked, Jimmy has built a thriving live stage business, and I'm looking forward to working together to grow the business," said Greenblatt. "Broadway and the touring business are very robust right now, and while a blockbuster like Wicked doesn’t come along every day, I'm eager to extend more of our filmed entertainment to the stage as well as branch out into original ideas."
Greenblatt has been involved in several stage ventures including as lead producer of 9 To 5: The Musical, with a score written by Dolly Parton; it starred Allison Janney on Broadway in 2009. Currently he is a producer of this year's Tony®-winning Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder, which was also named Best Musical by critics from the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League. He is also in partnership with the Denver Center Theatre Company on the production of a brand new revised version of Meredith Willson's The Unsinkable Molly Brown. And this season's live holiday musical on NBC is Peter Pan, starring Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and Allison Williams as Peter. It will air December 4th.
"Bob and I share a great love for the theatre and with his brilliant creative mind and producing expertise, I know together we can further grow our live stage division in a way that takes advantage of our vast library of intellectual properties and talent across our company," said Horowitz. "Adding oversight of USP to Bob's portfolio makes perfect sense and I'm thrilled to be partnering with him."
Added Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Jeff Shell, "Bob's great creative instincts and Jimmy's expertise in the live stage production business will make a powerful combination in leading NBCUniversal's growing live stage business."
Launched in 2003, Universal Stage Productions (USP) has produced 10 Broadway shows which have received a total of 52 Tony nominations and 15 wins. USP's record-breaking musical phenomenon Wicked will soon celebrate its eleventh smash-hit year on Broadway. With its two national tours and multiple international productions, Wicked has been seen by more than 42 million people worldwide, making it one of the most successful theatrical ventures of all time. In 2008, the critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Billy Elliot from USP and Working Title opened on Broadway and went on to win ten Tony Awards® including Best Musical. Billy Elliot will soon celebrate its tenth year on London's West End and a U.K. tour will launch in 2016. Recently, USP produced the Tony®-nominated Broadway production of Bring It On: The Musical and the acclaimed revival of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, winner of the 2012 Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Musical. Additional credits include the blockbuster revival of Glengarry Glen Ross starring Al Pacino and the star-studded Broadway production of Gore Vidal's The Best Man. Upcoming USP productions which will continue to be overseen by Universal's Executive of Live Theatricals Chris Herzberger, include Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn opening October 15, 2014 at the Goodspeed Opera House, a musical adaptation of Universal Pictures' October Sky set to premiere in Chicago in 2015 at the Marriott Theatre, and the acclaimed Broadway revival of Side Show directed by Academy Award®-winner Bill Condon, opening November 17, 2014 at the St. James Theatre.
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