Norman Rothstein, the theatrical producer, general manager and consultant linked to hundreds of international productions and projects, died of cancer Dec. 23 at his Manhattan home, according to a spokesman. He was 63.
Mr. Rothstein's 40-year career included producing and/or general managing over 300 productions on and off Broadway, throughout Europe and Asia, on North American tours.
He was a Governor of the League of American Theatres and Producers and was president of Norman Rothstein & Associates, Inc., a theatrical producing/management/consultant firm. His widow is Julie Hughes, casting director of Hughes Moss. He is also survived by son Jeffrey Rothstein, daughter Elisa Rothstein and granddaughter Emily Evolina.
Mr. Rothstein was the executive producer of the international tour of Tango Passion, executive consultant for the forthcoming French and German language productions of The Mystery of Irma Vep, and recently served as executive producer of Hello, Dolly! at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris and he served in that capacity for Andre Heller's Wonderhouse, Tango Passion and for the Robert Altman television film, Black and Blue, as well as the general manager of the Paris, Broadway and European stage productions of that hit musical.
Some of the productions that Mr. Rothstein served as general manger/executive producer include the Broadway, national and international touring productions of Tango Argentino, Flamenco Puro, Torch Song Trilogy, On Your Toes, The Tap Dance Kid, The Pirates of Penzance, Grease, Pippin and the Broadway and touring revivals of The Little Foxes starring Elizabeth Taylor. He was also associated with the Laurence Olivier production of Filumena with Joan Plowright, The King and I with Yul Brynner, Peter Pan with Sandy Duncan, Oklahoma!, Brigadoon, Irene with Debbie Reynolds and Jane Powell, and multiple productions of Hello, Dolly! with Carol Channing, Pearl Bailey and Ginger Rogers. Earlier in his career Mr. Rothstein was general manager for over 90 Off Broadway productions and subsequent tours including the Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Effect of Gamma Rays on the Man in the Moon Marigolds, No Place to Be Somebody and the Drama Critics Circle Award-winning musical, Your Own Thing.
He was requested to serve as Trustee in the Chapter 11-bankruptcy reorganization of the famed Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City and consultant on the bankruptcy liquidation and asset sale of Livent, Inc. A Governor of the League of American Theatres and Producers, he served as a principal League negotiator with particular emphasis on the theatrical craft unions.
Norman Rothstein & Associates were active in various theatre construction and renovation projects including Miami Beach Theatre of the Performing Arts, the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Saenger (New Orleans), Majestic (San Antonio) and Tower (Houston). He was consultant to the Forty-Second Street Redevelopment Corporation in the development of the reuse of those historic theatres and to the Theatre Development Fund. With Theatre Projects Consultants, the firm was a consultant to the Disney Development Corporation for the renovation of the New Amsterdam Theatre (NYC).
Recently, he served as international consultant and representative for the Deutsches Theatre (Munich), Koninklijik Carre Theatre (Amsterdam) and the famed Thalia Theatre (Hamburg) as well as North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and two theatre in Mexico City. In Los Angeles, he consulted on the development of the proposed Premiere Theatre being built to provide a permanent home for the Academy Awards.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Actor's Fund of America, 729 Seventh Avenue New York City, New York 10019.
-- By Kenneth Jones