Jordan Roth

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Jordan Roth
Born (1975-11-13) November 13, 1975 (age 43)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materPrinceton University
Columbia Business School
OccupationBusiness owner
Known forMajority owner of Jujamcyn Theaters
Spouse(s)Richie Jackson (m. 2012)
Parent(s)Steven Roth
Daryl Roth

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 has a history of presenting award-winning musicals and plays including The Book of Mormon, Springsteen On Broadway, and Kinky Boots.[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 billionaire real estate developer, and Daryl Roth, a New York theater producer.[5][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.[7]

Career[edit]

Roth explored interactive theatrical experiences in the 1999 production of The Donkey Show, a disco club event combining elements of both theater and nightlife.[8] 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 was described 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," the show was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical Revival in 2001. 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 social network website Culturalist.[9] He also hosts a popular interview series "Broadway Talks" at the 92nd Street Y, facilitating one-on-one discussions with prominent Broadway actors.[10] Recent guests have included Bono and the Edge, Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Connick, Jr., Nathan Lane, Laura Linney, Elaine Stritch and Harvey Fierstein.

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.[11] Givenik.com currently supports over 500 charitable organizations from major national agencies to local PTA groups.

On television, Roth has appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe as their Broadway correspondent, and has played himself in a recurring role on the NBC television series Smash.[12]

Awards and honors[edit]

On February 2, 2019, Roth received the HRC Legacy Award.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Roth married Richie Jackson, executive producer of the Showtime series Nurse Jackie, in September 2012.[14] With Jackson, ex-partner of actor B.D. Wong, Roth co-parents their son.[15]

Roth serves on the Board of Trustees of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,[16] Freedom to Marry,[17] and The Broadway League.[18]

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. Archived from the original on September 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Kao, Joanna S. (January 23, 2017). "How a Columbia MBA took impresario Jordan Roth to the next stage". Financial Times. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Cohen, Patricia (Sep 8, 2009). "A New Force on Broadway". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Cox, Gordon (January 10, 2014). "Jordan Roth Makes Legit Moves in Digital Space". Variety.
  10. ^ "Broadway Talks with Jordan Roth". 92Y.org. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  11. ^ "Givenik.com". Givenik.com. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  12. ^ Jones, Kenneth (January 22, 2013). "Jordan Roth Is Now Principal Owner of Broadway's Jujamcyn Theaters". Playbill. Archived from the original on September 4, 2014.
  13. ^ Peters, Stephen. "HRC to Honor Amandla Stenberg and Jordan Roth at HRC NY Gala". Human Rights Campaign. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  14. ^ Schwartz, Paula (September 14, 2012). "Weddings/Celebrations: Richie Jackson and Jordan Roth". The New York Times.
  15. ^ Jackson Foo Wong
  16. ^ "Board of Trustees". Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  17. ^ "The Team". Freedom To Marry. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  18. ^ "Board of Governors". The Broadway League. Retrieved March 1, 2018.