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Broadway Theatre producer |
President, Elephant Eye Theatrical
Director, Chicago Children’s Theatre
Past President, Fox Theatricals
Past President, Payne Leavitt Group
Mick Leavitt (born 1959), also known as Michael Leavitt, is a producer of theatrical productions, including An American in Paris, Thoroughly Modern Millie starring Sutton Foster, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Gary Sinise, and Death of a Salesman starring Brian Dennehy. Leavitt is president of Elephant Eye Theatrical, a Broadway production company that develops and produces new musicals including The Addams Family, The Broadway Musical starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth and Saved (off-Broadway). In addition to his work in New York, he is a prominent member of the Chicago theatre community, having produced and presented dozens of shows and operated numerous theatrical venues, including the Briar Street Theatre (bringing Blue Man Group to Chicago), the Apollo Theater, and the Cadillac Palace (opening with Elton John's Aida). In addition to being president of Elephant Eye Theatrical, he is a member of the board of directors of Chicago Children's Theatre. and the President of Landmark Worldwide.
President of Elephant Eye Theatrical, Leavitt is a prominent theatre producer based out of Chicago. Leavitt is a multi-Tony Award winning producer with his productions earning dozens of awards including Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critic Circle Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize.
Leavitt is known for producing One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest among other shows.
In the early 1980s, Leavitt started his own theatrical company, the Payne Leavitt Group, which he operated for almost a decade. In 1991, Leavitt accepted a bid from Fox Associates to buy his company. Leavitt was named Executive Producer and later President of the new theatrical production arm, Fox Theatricals. Leavitt has produced dozens of productions on Broadway, nationally and regionally.
In addition to producing theatre, Leavitt developed and operated numerous live theatrical venues. Leavitt brought the hit show Blue Man Group to Chicago, where it continues to enjoy record-breaking, sold-out performances for over a decade. He has operated numerous venues including overseeing a $25-million redevelopment of the 1926 Palace Theatre. As President of the Theatre, Leavitt opened the theatre in 1999 with the pre-Broadway opening of the Walt Disney production of the Elton John musical, Aida. Director turned producer Michael Leavitt also has deep Chicago roots.
Leavitt is on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Children's Theatre.
Productions and awards
- Three Tall Women by Edward Albee, 1994–95, winner Pulitzer Prize
- Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin, 1995–96, winner Outer Critics Circle Award
- Jekyll and Hyde, 1997–2001
- You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 1999, winner two Tony Awards, Outer’s Critics Circle award for Best Musical
- Death of a Salesman, starring Brian Dennehy, 1999, winner four Tony Awards including Best Production and Best Actor
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, starring Gary Sinise, 2001, Broadway, winner Tony Award Best Production
- Thoroughly Modern Millie, 2002–04, winner six Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress
- Trying starring Fritz Weaver, 2006
- Saved, The Musical, 2008
- The Addams Family, The Broadway Musical, 2010 – 11
- An American in Paris, 2015, winner four Tony Awards
- Noises Off, winner 7 Jeff Citations (produced & directed)
- Lost in Yonkers, (produced & directed)
- Laughter on the 23rd Floor (produced & directed)
- Six Degrees of Separation starring Marlo Thomas (produced & directed)
- Lend Me a Tenor, starring at different times, Mickey Rooney, Jamie Farr & * John Astin (produced & directed)
- Having Our Say (produced)
- And Neither Have I Wings to Fly (produced)
- Theatre Database, 2004, Internet Theatre Database
- Internet Theater Database
- Internet Broadway Database
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. https://web.archive.org/web/20071028090942/http://www.insideonline.com/site/epage/10862_162.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-20. Award for Excellence in the Arts
- Real Variety, Parket in Broadway's Place, Chris Jones, April 6, 1998
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-29. https://web.archive.org/web/20080829102041/http://centerstagechicago.com/theatre/whoswho/MichaelLeavitt.html. Retrieved 2008-04-09. Who's Who Center Stage
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