Michigan producer Roy Furman brings Leopoldstadt to the New York stage this September

A group of Leopoldstadt actors who visited the Neue Galerie, immersed and taught themselves early 20th century German and Austrian art and design, are preparing for this moving play. (Carrington Spire)

The show, which won the Olivier Award (UK Tony Award) in 2020, opened on September 14 and officially opened at the Longacre Theatre on October 2.

Tom Stoppard’s latest play is coming to Broadway, Michigan with Michigan ties, leopoldstadtthe title is taken from the historical name of Vienna’s Jewish Quarter and takes into account the playwright’s family history associated with the story.

Roy Furman, who married University of Michigan faculty member Marjorie Fisher in 2015 and spent part of the year in Detroit’s Birmingham suburb as a stage producer, proposed a relationship with British producer Sonia Friedman Bring the show to New York together.

The show, which won the Olivier Award (UK Tony Award) in 2020, opened on September 14 and officially opened at the Longacre Theatre on October 2. It wasn’t a Holocaust drama, but the Holocaust made its way into the Merz family’s narrative.

Stoppard’s 19th play on Broadway was written by the author of four Tony Awards for Best Play, the largest award given to a playwright.

Roy Furman
Roy Furman

“It’s an everlasting story that needs to be told, and it’s being told by a master storyteller,” said Furman, who graduated from Harvard Law School and worked in law, into finance and then into theater production. “It’s just a good game and I’m very excited about it.

“I saw it in London before COVID and I immediately went to meet the producer in London. After some discussions, we agreed that I would work with her. As our third producer, we added Lorne Michaels, he is Saturday Night Live.

The play begins in the late 19th century and ends in the mid-20th century, from the Holocaust in Eastern Europe to the success of Vienna, where the Jewish rise and fall.

“While there will be no performances on Rosh Hashanah, we thought the holiday season would be a good time to reveal the story,” said Furman, who attends services at Central Synagogue in New York City, where he has an apartment in addition to Florida and Michigan ‘s residence.

“It’s an ensemble starring the real writer Tom Stoppard. It has a cast of 38 including young people. I hope it becomes a regular in New York and I’m sure it will last for several more moon.”

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Furman goes all the way up in production, which he defines as the three levels he fulfills — the investor, the investor with limited production responsibilities, and the investor with many production responsibilities.

“I grew up in a relatively hostile environment in Brooklyn, and my escape in life was to go to the movies,” said the producer, who later became president and president of the Lincoln Center Film Society.

“When I was growing up, my mom took me to the theater, where I learned that you can actually create these worlds. What you learn in theater is that you stand on this stage and do anything with it.

“As I became more and more successful, I went to a lot of shows and learned about the theatre industry. They would call me and ask if I wanted to invest in a show, which I would love to do.”

As Furman’s investments grew, he added his creative voice, and people listened.Important to the planning of 16 Tony Award-winning plays and musicals, he worked with Moulin Rouge!, ferryman, Purple and Dear Evan Hansen Among the many successes traveling to Michigan.

while arranging leopoldstadthe currently has seven productions in New York.

Furman’s responsibilities for the new production include raising money, budgeting, booking theaters, and making sure New York’s big cast works under Patrick Marber’s tutelage. tragedy 2018.

Furman moved to Michigan after marrying Marjorie Fisher, daughter of the late Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher. The couple met in 2014, when his first wife died of cancer, and they each entered their mixed family with their two grown children.

“Michigan was a big surprise for me,” Furman said. “I’m not a Midwesterner at all. I didn’t know the spirit or nature of people until I met Margie and learned how good these people are.

“I learned that some of my best friends in New York were born in Ohio, Michigan and Iowa. I’ve become a big fan of the blue team because Maggie is a professor at this university and we tend to attend Some Michigan games.

“When our friends come to Michigan, they stay with us and we take them to our favorite places like Greenfield Village, Cranbrook and the Detroit Zoo. I’m a baseball fan and we have A box, which is Margie’s father’s original box, in the first row behind the dugout. After the game, I love Buddy’s Pizza.”

As September approaches, Furman is mulling over what audiences might like leopoldstadt and its future in America.

“We’re selling a lot of tickets and keeping things open,” Furman said. “I believe there will be less demand for touring because of the large cast and audiences finding themselves in New York.”

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leopoldstadt Tickets are available online at Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

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