Jordan Roth

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Jordan Roth (born November 13, 1975) is the President and majority owner[1] of Jujamcyn Theaters, where he oversees five Broadway theatres, including the St. James, Al Hirschfeld, August Wilson, Eugene O'Neill and Walter Kerr. Jujamcyn Theaters presents some of the most influential and successful musicals and plays on Broadway today, currently including the Tony Award-winning Best Musicals The Book of Mormon, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Kinky Boots and Jersey Boys.[2] Roth produced the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Best Play Clybourne Park.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Roth is the son of Steven Roth, a real estate developer,[5] and Daryl Roth, a New York theater producer.[6] Roth graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University with degrees in philosophy and theatre, and received his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Career[edit]

At the age of 24, the young producer first introduced interactive theatrical experiences with his 1999 production of The Donkey Show,[7] a disco club event combining elements of both theater and nightlife. Performed in a New York nightclub, The Donkey Show invited audiences to watch the show around them on the dance floor, and then stay after the show to celebrate at the venue. Retelling the story of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream entirely through disco hits, The Donkey Show became a phenomenon of New York nightlife, hailed by The New York Times as “an indication of things to come in the theatre.” The show ran for six years in New York, and has toured internationally.

Roth followed The Donkey Show with a Broadway production of The Rocky Horror Show. Through the course of the run, the cast included Dick Cavett, Joan Jett, Luke Perry, Sebastian Bach, Ana Gasteyer, and a rotation of guest narrators including Jerry Springer, Penn & Teller, Robin Leach, Sally Jessy Raphael, Gilbert Gottfried, Cindy Adams, and Dave Holmes. Cited by Newsday as “the young blood Broadway so desperately craves,” Roth became the youngest lead producer ever nominated for a Tony Award with the show’s 2001 nomination for Best Musical Revival. The Rocky Horror Show was nominated for four Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, and a Drama League Award.

Roth is also the Founder and CEO of Culturalist,[8] the social network where the culture conversation is happening. On Culturalist.com, users shape, share, and debate their opinions about anything and everything through Top Ten lists.

Dedicated to expanding and deepening the public's relationship with artists and their work, Roth hosts a popular interview series “Broadway Talks” at the 92nd Street Y, facilitating one-on-one discussions with celebrated actors on the Broadway stage.[9] Recent guests have included Bono and the Edge, Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Connick, Jr., Nathan Lane, Laura Linney, Elaine Stritch and Harvey Fierstein among others.

Roth created Givenik.com, a service allowing theatergoers to buy discounted tickets and give 5% of their ticket price to the charity of their choice.[10] Givenik.com currently supports over 500 charitable organizations from major national agencies to local PTA groups.

On television, Roth can be seen regularly reporting news and providing commentary on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” as the official Broadway Correspondent. He recently was seen playing himself in a recurring role on the NBC television series “Smash.”[11]

He was included in Fast Company's "Most Creative People in Business 1000," Crain's "Forty Under 40," Variety's "50 Creatives to Watch," The Daily News’ "50 New Yorkers to Watch," Time Out New York's "42 Reasons to Applaud New York Theatre," Paper Magazine’s "Beautiful People Issue," and Out Magazine’s "Out 100" three times.

Personal[edit]

Roth married Richie Jackson, executive producer of the Showtime series Nurse Jackie, in September 2012.[12]

He serves on the Board of Trustees of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Freedom to Marry, The Broadway League and The Paley Center for Media.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cohen, Patricia (September 8, 2009). "Roth ups his stake in Jujamcyn". Variety. 
  2. ^ "Official Jujamcyn Website". Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ Boehm, Mike (February 11, 2012). "Jordan Roth, 'Clybourne Park's' Broadway producer, makes West Coast swing". LA Times. 
  4. ^ "Acceptance Speech: Best Play, Clybourne Park (2012)". YouTube. June 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Nathan-Kazis, Josh (March 16, 2012). "Romney PAC Attracts New Jewish Donors". The Jewish Daily Forward. 
  6. ^ Jones, Kenneth (January 22, 2013). "Jordan Roth Is Now Principal Owner of Broadway's Jujamcyn Theaters". Playbill. 
  7. ^ Cohen, Patricia (Sep 8, 2009). "A New Force on Broadway". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Cox, Gordon (January 10, 2014). "Jordan Roth Makes Legit Moves in Digital Space". Variety. 
  9. ^ "Broadway Talks with Jordan Roth". 92Y.org. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Givenik.com". Givenik.com. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ Jones, Kenneth (January 22, 2013). "Jordan Roth Is Now Principal Owner of Broadway's Jujamcyn Theaters". Playbill. 
  12. ^ Schwartz, Paula (September 14, 2012). "Weddings/Celebrations: Richie Jackson and Jordan Roth". The New York Times. 

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