Stepping into a position originally held by Alexander H. Cohen (founder of the Tony Awards telecast), McNicholl will oversee productions at the historic 1927 Palace and a soon-to-be-completed Off-Broadway-sized playhouse.
"After talking with Mike Nichols, James Lapine and other theatrical luminaries — all of whom spoke highly of BT’s artistry and professionalism — we felt he would be a perfect match for the organization’s bold new initiatives," said Stamford Center for the Arts and Palace Board Chair Mike Widland in a statement.
“I’m thrilled to take the reins of these beautiful theatres, so close to the vibrant arts and resources of Manhattan,” added McNicholl. “Our stages will be teeming with artists engaged in large productions, small plays and new works that will continually entertain, engage and enlighten.”
McNicholl will also continue to helm productions in New York.
McNicholl has been on the creative team of a dozen Broadway plays and musicals, including Spamalot, Cabaret and Billy Elliot.