Broadway Producer David Stone | Playhouse Square Star Award Winner 2017
Playhouse Square honored Broadway producer David Stone with its highest award, the Playhouse Square Star Award for Achievement in the Performing Arts, at its annual Chairman’s Dinner on November 20. Past honorees include legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch; Disney Theatricals President Thomas Schumacher; Broadway producers Margo Lion, Hal Luftig, Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller and Barry and Fran Weissler; and pioneering Playhouse Square leaders Oliver C. “Pudge” Henkel, Jr. and John F. Lewis.
I have known David since 1988, when he was working as an assistant in New York's booking office, NAMCO,” said Gina Vernaci, executive producer at Playhouse Square. “Since launching his outstanding producing career, he has always been guided by an eye for exquisite storytelling. Given his many accomplishments, he is resolute with his support of causes such as V-Day and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.”
David Stone is the producer of ten Broadway musicals including: The Diary of Anne Frank (1997); Man of La Mancha (2002); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(2005); If/Then (2014); Wicked, winner of the 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Musical; and Next to Normal, winner of three 2009 Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. His Off-Broadway successes include The Vagina Monologues and The Santaland Diaries. David serves on the boards of The Broadway League and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, and on the advisory boards of V-Day and Second Stage Theatre. He has lectured on theater at New York University, Yale, Columbia, and his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.
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.