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PlayhouseSquare honors Broadway producers Barry and Fran Weissler

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PlayhouseSquare recently honored Broadway producers Barry and Fran Weissler by naming them the recipients of the PlayhouseSquare Star Award for Achievement in the Performing Arts. The award was given at the annual Chairman’s Dinner on August 18, 2014.

Past honorees of this prestigious award include the legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch, Disney Theatricals President Thomas Schumacher, Broadway producers Margo Lion and Kevin McCollum, and pioneering PlayhouseSquare leaders Oliver C. “Pudge” Henkel, Jr. and John F. Lewis.

“What I admire most about the Weisslers is their inventiveness, resourcefulness and eye for quality,” said Gina Vernaci, senior vice president of theater operations at PlayhouseSquare. “Broadway road markets, like Cleveland, have always benefitted from the shows they have produced, and many of their productions have graced the stages of PlayhouseSquare.”

Over the course of their careers, Barry and Fran Weissler have won seven Tony Awards (Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, the 2010 revival of La Cage Aux Folles and the 2013 revival of Pippin.

Other notable Broadway credits include Cabaret with Joel Grey, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Kathleen Turner, Zorba with Anthony Quinn, My One & Only with Tommy Tune, My Fair Lady with Richard Chamberlain, William Finn’s Falsettos, Grease with Megan Mullally, Seussical with Rosie O’Donnell, Wonderful Town with Brooke Shields, Sweet Charity with Christina Applegate, the West End premiere of Neil Labute’s Fat Pig and Kander and Ebb’s The Scottsboro Boys directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.

Multiple projects in development include The Heart of Robin Hood, Finding Neverland, Waitress and Band Wagon.

The PlayhouseSquare Star Award is bestowed annually to an individual(s) who exemplifies a lifetime dedication to the performing arts evidenced by a body of work that contributes to our culture, proven leadership within the industry, creativity, willingness to mentor young talent and respect from the artistic community.

PlayhouseSquare is a world-class, not-for-profit performing arts center, arts education champion and downtown developer.

PlayhouseSquare receives public support with local tax dollars from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to preserve and enrich our region’s artistic and cultural heritage.