Hal Luftig, a Lead Producer of Kinky Boots, is honored to be working with Michael Cassel and his team in bringing the show to Australia. Hal has been thrilled to assemble and lead the show’s creative team -- from its earliest vision as a musical based on the acclaimed independent film, to opening night on Broadway in New York in 2013 -- in partnership with his esteemed producing colleague Daryl Roth. Since then, Kinky Boots has gone on to delight and move audiences in London’s West End, in Europe, across North America, in Asia, and now in Australia. It has garnered every major musical theater award along the way, including the 2013 Best Musical Tony Award (New York), the 2014 Best Musical Grammy Award (U.S.), the 2015 Korea Musical Theater Association Award, the 2016 Best Musical Dora Award (Toronto), the 2016 Best Musical Olivier Award (London), and many others. Hal is deeply gratified by the stellar production realized here by his local partners and creative team, and fervently hopes that Australian audiences will love it just as much as the rest of the world.
As a leading producer in New York and around the world for the past 25 years, Hal has had the privilege of collaborating with some of the current theater’s most brilliant creative artists. His productions have received a total of 45 Tony Awards on Broadway. He has been honored personally with four Tony’s (including two as lead producer), and two Olivier Awards in London (also as lead producer).
His shows have included new musicals, renowned plays, and revivals of beloved classics, including: Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden (1992) starring Glenn Close, Gene Hackman and Richard Dreyfus; George Wolf's Jelly's Last Jam (1992) starring Gregory Hines; Tony Kushner's Angels in America (1993); Moon Over Buffalo (1995), starring Carol Burnett; Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I (1996); Natalie Portman’s Broadway debut in The Diary of Anne Frank (1997); Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun (1999), Thoroughly Modern Millie (New York, 2002; London, 2004); Twyla Tharp and Billy Joel's Movin' Out (2002); the 20th Anniversary production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart at the Public Theater (2004); the 20th anniversary revival of Whoopi Goldberg’s one-woman play Whoopi (2004); Legally Blonde, the Musical (New York, 2007; London, 2009; Sydney, 2012; Vienna, 2013); Arthur Miller’s All My Sons (2008) starring John Lithgow, Diane Weist and Katie Holmes; Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim’s West Side Story (2009); Evita starring Ricky Martin (2012); David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s Here Lies Love (The Public Theater, New York &The National Theater, London, 2014); and The Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper (New York, 2014; London, 2015). Hal is currently developing a revival of Children of a Lesser God and a new musical by David Byrne, Joan of Arc: Into the Fire in New York and Becoming Nancy, to be directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, in London.
Hal has an MFA from Columbia University in New York, a PhD in Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) from the State University of New York, and an ulcer from tension.
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