Roth's credits include The Rocky Horror Show and The Mambo Kings, the musical that stalled last season on its way to Broadway. Roth's job will be to develop new projects and help manage Jujamcyn's five Broadway theatres: the St. James, Al Hirschfeld, August Wilson, Eugene O'Neill and Walter Kerr.
Rocco Landesman has been the president of Jujamcyn Theaters since 1987. He became the outright owner of the five Broadway theatres on Feb. 16. Following the Nov. 3, 2004, death of James H. Binger, chairman and founder of Jujamcyn Theatres, Landesman revealed that he and Binger had an agreement that upon the latter's death, Landesman would buy the quintet of theatres at the net asset value of about $30 million.
The reason for such a relatively low purchase price, Landesman told the New York Times at the time, is that the buildings do not come with "air rights" that would allow for lucrative real estate development above the theatres. However, the Times reported Feb. 17 that Landesman had also purchased the air rights for an undisclosed sum.
Jujamcyn derives its name from the names of James and Virginia Binger's children, Ju[dith], Jam[es], and Cyn[thia]. The Bingers launched the enterprise in the 1970s, when Virginia McKnight Binger's father, William L. McKnight, gave them two theatres he had acquired two decades earlier.
Virigina Binger died in 2002. James Binger, 88, died at his home in Minneapolis Nov. 3. The cause of death was reported as cancer.