Playhouse Square Star Award 2016

Cleveland, OH – Playhouse Square honored Broadway producer Jeffrey Seller with its highest award, the Playhouse Square Star Award for Achievement in the Performing Arts, at its annual Chairman’s Dinner on November 15. Past honorees include legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch; Disney Theatricals President Thomas Schumacher; Broadway producers Margo Lion, Kevin McCollum, Hal Luftig and Barry and Fran Weissler; and pioneering Playhouse Square leaders Oliver C. “Pudge” Henkel, Jr. and John F. Lewis.

“I have known Jeffrey since 1989, when he was a sales representative for The Fiddler on the Roof,” said Gina Vernaci, executive producer at Playhouse Square. “He set his sights on a big dream and has wildly exceeded even his own expectations of what was possible. He is smart, passionate, articulate and patient – which is such an important quality when you are trying develop young talent. Even though he seems to be at the pinnacle of success right now, I see even higher peaks in his future.”

Jeffrey Seller is the winner of four Tony Awards for Best Musical: Hamilton (2016); Rent (1996), both of which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Avenue Q (2004); and In the Heights (2008). Jeffrey has also produced and/or developed De La Guarda (1998), Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (2000), Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème (2002), High Fidelity (2006), the 2009 Revival of West Side Story, and The Last Ship (2014). Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

The Playhouse Square 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.

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