Theatre Manager Morton Zolotow Is Dead at 69

News   Theatre Manager Morton Zolotow Is Dead at 69 Morton A. Zolotow, a theatre manager at venues from Carnegie Hall to Chicago's Blackstone Theater, died Sept. 15 of pancreatic cancer in Chicago, The New York Times reported.

Morton A. Zolotow, a theatre manager at venues from Carnegie Hall to Chicago's Blackstone Theater, died Sept. 15 of pancreatic cancer in Chicago, The New York Times reported.

Mr. Zolotow, 69, a native of New York City, was the son of New York Times theatre columnist Sam Zolotow. The younger Mr. Zolotow graduated from Columbia University with a fine arts degree, and over the years would go on to book shows into auditoriums around the country.

Mr. Zolotow managed Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre and Morosco Theatre (both now torn down), as well as Carnegie Hall, and moved to Chicago in 1969. In the Windy City he managed the Blackstone Theater and the Shubert Theatre, booking everything from legit plays to rock 'n' roll acts into the venues. The Times reported that in 1977 he took over management of the Auditorium Theatre, and ran it until his retirement in 1989.

Survivors include wife Kathy Zolotow and children Jonathan and Amy.

— By Kenneth Jones