Producer Jon B. Platt Receives Robert Whitehead Award March 13
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award-winning Angels in America, Wicked and Book of Mormon producer Jon B. Platt is honored with the Commercial Theater Institute's Robert Whitehead Award March 13 at Sardi's.
The annual honor recognizes "outstanding achievement in commercial theatre producing." David Stone, Stuart Thompson and Bob Wankel will present Platt with the award.
"Robert Whitehead loved his fellow producers who recognized great art and were willing to stand behind it, both financially and artistically. That's the kind of producer Jon Platt is," CTI program director Jed Bernstein said in a statement.
Platt's Broadway producing credits also include Copenhagen, God of Carnage, Venus In Fur, Death of a Salesman, Clybourne Park, An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin and Nice Work If You Can Get It. In the West End he produced Wicked, The Children's Hour and Driving Miss Daisy. Platt also helped expand the reach of Blue Man Group on the touring market.
A joint project of The Broadway League and Theatre Development Fund, CTI — the nation's only formal training program for commercial theatre producers — was founded in 1981 by the late Frederic B. Vogel. The five-decade long career of the late Robert Whitehead inspired this award; previous recipients include Jill Furman, Stuart Thompson, Dori Berinstein, Benjamin Mordecai, Dennis Grimaldi, Kevin McCollum, Randall L. Wreghitt, Marc Routh, Liz Oliver, Eric Krebs, Anne Strickland Squadron, David Binder and Nick Scandalios.
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