January 17, 2009

Aubrey Dan and Jersey Boys

January 17th, 2009

Toronto Jersey Boys
(Photo: NationalPost.com)

In her Business, News & People column, Diane Francis has a feature on Aubrey Dan, a promising impresario who bought a small piece of Broadway smash “Jersey Boys” and brought it to Toronto for a sell-out run which is attracting 10,000 people a week. Francis notes that she has seen both productions and they are wonderful musical romps with exceptional casts.

Francis highlights the career accomplishments of Dan, who first worked as a teenager for his dad, one of Canada’s greatest entrepreneurs, Leslie Dan of Novopharm generic drug fame. He was in the manufacturing operations but found those “boring.” So while still in university he opted, instead, for sales and eventually ran all national sales.

What about Aubrey Dan’s introduction to show business? He got involved after being introduced to the business by a colleague a few years ago. He invested in a couple of shows as a hobby and got hooked.

“I invested $500,000 or $1 million in shows like ‘Urinetown’ and ‘Hair’ then realized there was an unbelievable amount of Canadian talent that was under-utilized,” he said.

Read the full story on Aubrey Dan on NationalPost.com

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