Playhouse Square Star Award 2019

Playhouse Square honored Broadway producers Michael David and Edward Strong, two of the founding partners of Dodger Theatricals, with its highest award, the Playhouse Square Star Award for Achievement in the Performing Arts, at its annual Chairman’s Dinner on June 17. Past honorees include legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch; Disney Theatricals President Thomas Schumacher; Broadway producers Margo Lion, Hal Luftig, Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, David Stone and Barry and Fran Weissler; and pioneering Playhouse Square leaders Oliver C. “Pudge” Henkel, Jr. and John F. Lewis.

“This year, we honor one of Broadway’s most enduring and prolific producing partnerships. Formed in 1978, they are now responsible for more than 150 productions worldwide which have collectively won 56 Tony Awards,” said Playhouse Square Chairman James Ratner. “You are no doubt familiar with their work, which has been seen by more than 600,000 guests at Playhouse Square. Our relationship with this producing team has deep roots across three and a half decades, going all the way back to PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES playing 74 performances in the Connor Palace in 1983 – before the theater’s renovation.”

Their other productions include JERSEY BOYS, 42nd STREET, TITANIC, THE WHO’S TOMMY, GUYS AND DOLLS, INTO THE WOODS, THE SECRET GARDEN, MATILDA, BIG RIVER and SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL, which will open the 2019-20 KeyBank Broadway Series at Playhouse Square. 

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 theater community.