Marc Routh, associate producer of Smokey Joe's Cafe and A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, executive producer of Stomp, and producer of the touring Tap Dogs, is this year's winner of The Robert Whitehead Award, and will be honored Feb. 11 at a Tavern on the Green ceremony.
Also on Feb. 11, Tap Dogs opens at the Stamford Center for the Arts. For more information about the hit Australian production, please refer to the news story "Tap Dogs to Howl. . ." on Playbill On-Line.
Established in 1993 by the Commercial Theatre Institute, The Robert Whitehead Award honors "outstanding achievement in commercial producing" by a CTI graduate -- CTI being the nation's only formal training program for theatre producers. Routh is receiving the award for Outstanding New Commercial Theatre Producer.
An adjunct professor at Brooklyn College's Graduate School, Routh is also working on the new musical, Time And Again.
Robert Whitehead, for whom the award is named, has been a producer for five decades and is currently represented on Broadway by Terrence McNally's Master Class. Previous Whitehead winners are Benjamin Mordeca (1993), Dennis Grimaldi (1994), Kevin McCollum (1995), and Randall L. Wreghitt (1996). Other programs by CTI include hands-on training by industry leaders drawn from the ranks of producers, general managers, union reps, lawyers and press agents.
Those interested in CTI's programs might want to check out their next seminar series, held April 25-27 in New York City. For information call (212) 586-1109. Founded in 1981, CTI is a joint project of Theatre Development Fund and the League of American Theatres & Producers.