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Stewart F. Lane (born May 3, 1951) is a Broadway producer, director, playwright and former actor. He has also written books, including Let's Put on a Show![1] and Jews of Broadway. He has also produced in Dublin. In addition to publishing two plays, he has directed across the country, working with Stephen Baldwin, Shannen Doherty, Chazz Palminteri, and more. He is co-owner of the Palace Theatre (Broadway) with the Nederlander Organization and a partner in the Tribeca Grill with Robert De Niro.

Stewart F. Lane
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Stewart F. Lane
Born (1951-05-03) May 3, 1951 (age 68)
OccupationTheatrical producer, Theatre owner
Websitewww.mrbroadway.com

Early lifeEdit

Lane was born in New York, the son of Leonard Charles Lane (a corporate executive) and Mildred Chesanow Lane. He has an older sister and a younger brother. Lane was raised in Great Neck, New York, and graduated from Great Neck North High School in 1969.[2] In Great Neck, Lane was friends with the son of actor Sid Caesar.[3] Lane decided to pursue a career in theatre after seeing a performance of Neil Simon's Little Me starring Caesar. Lane attended C. W. Post College for one year before transferring to Boston University College of Fine Arts where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting in 1973.[4]

CareerEdit

TheatreEdit

In 1974, Lane earned his Actors Equity card performing in The Little Theater on the Square in Sullivan, Illinois, playing in Oklahoma! starring Peter Palmer. He later toured in summer stock with Van Johnson in Send Me No Flowers (1975). In 1976, Lane worked at the Piedmont Repertory Company starring in Picnic, The Philadelphia Story and The Odd Couple. In spring 1977, Lane co-starred with Ed Herlihy in Never Too Late at the Fox Hollow Dinner theater in Jericho, New York. Later that year, he joined the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA unions and moved to California and wrote the first draft of his play In the Wings.[5] Returning to New York City in 1978 he worked as assistant house manager at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre during the run of Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade. Lane also worked at the theater during Tribute starring Jack Lemmon and later at the Alvin Theatre during the run of Annie. His first billing as "Assistant to the Producer" was for Whose Life Is It Anyway? starring Tom Conti.

Off-Broadway and regionally, Lane produced: Jay Johnson: The Two and Only, Fortune's Fools, Sarah Abraham by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman, Eating Raoul – The Musical, Hitchcock's The 39 Steps and The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz composed by Allen Menken.

In London, Lane produced Thoroughly Modern Millie (Olivier Nomination), Ragtime (Olivier Nomination and Lobby Hero. In Dublin, he produced the world premiere of JFK: A Musical Drama

Expanding into film, Lane produced the documentary Show Business: the Road to Broadway and Brooklyn Rules starring Alec Baldwin and Freddy Prinze Jr.. Lane produced the Broadway production of Company starring Raul Ezparza, Cyrano de Bergerac for Great Performances on PBS.

Lane previously sat on the board of directors of Rogar Studios and currently is on the board of trustees of The Actor's Fund of America. Lane sat on the board of governors of the Broadway League for eleven years and still remains a member of the League. He is on the board of advisors for the American Theater Wing and previously The Times Square Group. Lane is the chairman of the board of directors of the Theatre Museum.

Lane has created scholarship funds at Columbia University Business Graduate School, and Boston University College of Fine Arts Undergraduate School, (B.F.A) as well as major support to the University of Massachusetts, Emerson College and Fiorello H. La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts School.

AuthorshipEdit

Lane wrote Let's Put on a Show, a guide to theatre production, in 2007.[6] In 2011 he wrote Jews on Broadway: An Historical Survey of Performers, Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists and Producers which talks about Jewish performance from immigrants and Yiddish productions on the Lower East Side to their impact on Broadway.[7] He has also written the plays In the Wings (published in spring 2008 by Hal Leonard), If It Was Easy (published by Performing Books and nominated for Best New Play by the American Theatre Critics Association), and the musical A Moment in Time (musical)|A Moment in Time (with music and lyrics by John Denver). He has directed extensively with productions of A Moment in Time (at the Dix Hill Performing Arts Center in Huntington New York), The Foreigner, The Gig, Ain't Misbehavin', If It Was Easy, The Golden Age, Frankenstein, Final Appeal with Chaz Palminteri and Stephen Baldwin, and In the Wings with Shannen Doherty.

Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way, Lane's third book, was released in 2015.[8] The book is a comprehensive discussion of African American's contribution to theatre.

Other activitiesEdit

Representing former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Lane served on the Board of Directors at the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center and the Transitional Committee where appointed both the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and the Commissioner of Film, Theater & Broadcasting.

Lane serves on the board of trustees at Boston University and the board of advisers in the College of Fine Arts.[9] He co-chairs the CFA Campaign for Boston University as well as the Dean's Advisory Board. In 2002, Lane was awarded Boston University's Distinguished Alumni Award.[10]

In 2013, Lane co-founded BroadwayHD with his wife, Bonnie Comley.[11][12] In 2014, Lane and Comley produced an HD broadcast of Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom, which was screened in over 2,000 movie theaters.[13][14] The theater streaming platform officially launched in 2015.[15] In 2016, BroadwayHD and its founders, Lane and Comley, broke the Guinness World Record for the first Broadway show to be live streamed. Roundabout Theatre Company's production She Loves Me was streamed on June 30, 2016, on BroadwayHD.[16]

Currently, Lane is president and chief executive officer of Stellar Productions International and Stewart F. Lane Productions. He is the co-owner and operator of the Palace Theatre in New York City, and partnered in the Tribeca Grill Restaurant with Robert De Niro.

Personal lifeEdit

Lane is married to fellow producer Bonnie Comley[17] and they live in NYC with their five children.[citation needed]

AwardsEdit

FilmographyEdit

  • Puppet on a Chain (1971) as George Lemay
  • Curtain Time (1994) (producer)
  • I Want To Be a Hilton (1 episode 2005) as Charity Auction Patron
  • ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway (2007) (producer)
  • Brooklyn Rules (2007) (producer)
  • Great Performances (TV Series) (3 episodes, 2007–2010) (producer)
  • A Nanny for Christmas (2010) (actor, producer) as Mike Edelstein
  • American Bandits: Frank and Jesse James (2010) (producer)
  • Company (2011) (producer)
  • The Dog Who Saved Halloween (2011) (producer)
  • A Christmas Wedding Tail (2011) (producer)
  • Stolen Child (2012) (producer)
  • Wyatt Earp's Revenge (2012) (producer)
  • A Christmas Wedding Date (2012) (producer)
  • The Dog Who Saved the Holidays (2012) (actor, producer) as Mr. Edelstein
  • Summoned' (2013) (producer)
  • Romeo and Juliet (2014) (producer)
  • The Drama League: 100 Years and Counting (2014) (producer)
  • Christmas in Palm Springs (2014) (producer)
  • Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (2015) (producer)

Notable stage productionsEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Published articlesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stewart F. Lane's Let's Put on a Show!
  2. ^ "Famous Alumni From The Sixties and Seventies".
  3. ^ "Stewart F. Lane Is 'Mr. Broadway!'". 8 May 2015.
  4. ^ BU Alumni Web :: Bostonia :: Winter 2003 Archived 2007-04-22 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ In The Wings – A New Comedy by Stewart F. Lane
  6. ^ "Stewart F. Lane: Let's Put on a Show!". 1 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Jews on Broadway Journal Review". March 2013.
  8. ^ "Book Review: Black Broadway". 29 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Book Review: Black Broadway". 29 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Broadway Team Endows Musical Theater Concentration". BU Today.
  11. ^ "Is Streaming The Future Of Broadway?". Forbes.
  12. ^ "Off Off Off Broadway (at Your Multiplex)" by Charles Isherwood, The New York Times, January 23, 2014
  13. ^ "Off Off Off Broadway (at Your Multiplex)". NYT.
  14. ^ "Orlando Bloom's Broadway 'Romeo and Juliet' to Get Theatrical Run". The Hollywood Reporter.
  15. ^ "Broadway on demand? New streaming service aims to bring stage to screens". Chicago Tribune.
  16. ^ "Guinness World Record Certificate Awarded to BroadwayHD". Broadway World.
  17. ^ Stewart F. Lane at the Internet Broadway Database

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