May 25, 2008

Rick Steiner–From Cincinnati to Broadway

May 25th, 2008

John Eckberg, of the Cincinnati Enquirer has a terrific interview with one of Jersey Boys’ producers, Rick Steiner.

Steiner recounted his earliest days as a Broadway producer last week as his hometown prepared for the local unveiling of Jersey Boys, which runs at the Aronoff Center through June 15. An Indian Hill resident, Steiner has become a Broadway icon over the past two decades by investing with a close-knit team of partners in hit after musical hit and doing it from Cincinnati, not some office in Midtown Manhattan.

Jersey Boys, based on the songs and story of the Four Seasons, is just one of 14 shows that Steiner has produced or co-produced for Broadway – shows that have won 37 Tony Awards and two Pulitzer prizes.

Steiner talked to Eckberg about the amazing ride he has had as a Broadway producer and gives the lowdown about the success of Jersey Boys. According to Steiner,

“‘Jersey Boys’ this year is going to have revenues of $250 million to $300 million,” said Steiner, who also owns a part of Jujamcyn Theaters. “There are more companies to follow. I expect ‘Jersey Boys’ to run another 10 years.”

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