Jack Viertel has announced his retirement from his role as Senior Vice President of Jujamcyn Theatres, ending a career that spanned more than 34 years at the theatre giant.
Jack Viertel announced retirement
Announced on January 11, Viertel’s retirement will take effect at the end of 2021. As a producer, writer, and art director, Viertel has been one of the busiest and most prolific figures. His career at Jujamcyn began in 1987 when Viertel joined as creative director, which owns and operates St. James, August Wilson, Walter Kerr, Al Hirschfeld, and Eugene O’Neill theatres on Broadway.
Among the many productions that Viertel helped bring to Broadway are “Piano Lesson,” “Into the Woods,” and “Angel in America”. He was in charge of the revival with Jerry Zacks at the helm revival of Guys and Dolls, The Secret Garden, “Mr. Butterfly,” Grand Hotel, City of Angels, Jelly’s Last Jam, the Nathan Lane-led revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Proof, Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, and more. Viertel conceived and co-produced Smokey Joe’s Cafe. He came up with the concept that later became the musical and film The Prom.
From 2000 to 2020, Viertel was the Art Director of Encores at City Centre! Series, featuring titles such as Hair, Chicago, Stupid, Lost in the Stars, Mike & Mabel, Juno, House of Flowers, The New Yorker, Me and Me. Musical gems such as The Girl Who Loved You and 1776. Viertel’s 2016 publication The Secret Life of the American Musical provides a comprehensive, in-depth look at what makes musicals so beloved. This work is a New York Times bestseller.
A heartfelt goodbye
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