Gary Gunas Dies: Broadway Executive Producer Of ‘The Who’s Tommy’, ‘Jekyll & Hyde’, ‘Ragtime’ Was 73

Gary Gunas, govt producer of such Broadway musicals as The Who’s Tommy, Jekyll & Hyde and Ragtime, died at this time at his residence in London, England, of pancreatic most cancers. He was 73.

His demise was introduced by his husband Bill Rosenfield.

Born in Manchester, Connecticut, Gunas started his profession Off Broadway in 1969 as an apprentice Company Manager for the musical Promenade. In the Nineteen Seventies he shifted to Broadway productions and excursions, working within the workplace of Marvin A. Krauss Associates as a Company Manager, Associate General Manager, and finally General Manager on many reveals together with Godspell, American Buffalo, Beatlemania, Dancin’, Woman of the Year, Dreamgirls, and La Cage aux Folles, in addition to notable revivals of Gypsy (starring Angela Lansbury), Richard III (starring Al Pacino), and Death of a Salesman (starring Dustin Hoffman).

During that point interval, Gunas additionally basic managed stage performances by such performers as Peter Allen, Ashford & Simpson, Charles Aznavour, Josephine Baker, Count Basie, Shirley Bassey, George Benson, Rodney Dangerfield, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti LaBelle, Bette Midler, Gilda Radner, Mort Sahl, Frank Sinatra and Lily Tomlin.

In 1985, Gunas started producing with Miles (*73*) and Scott Zeiger at what was then Pace Theatrical Group (later SFX Entertainment, Clear Channel Entertainment and now Live Nation). Gunas partnered on dozens of touring productions, with direct duty for excursions of Singin’ within the Rain, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tommy, Jekyll & Hyde, Jerry Lewis in Damn Yankees, Big, Sunset Boulevard, Ragtime, and Cabaret.

On Broadway from 1993 to 2001, Gunas govt produced the unique The Who’s Tommy, Jekyll & Hyde, Ragtime (a show he inherited when authentic producer Livent went out of enterprise), The Civil War, and Seussical.

Gunas relocated from New York to London in 2002 and labored for Clear Channel’s UK workplace for a number of years. His last producing credit have been the world tour of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, UK excursions of Cats and Starlight Express, and a European tour of Fosse. He retired in 2005.

Gunas is survived by Rosenfield, a playwright and document producer, in addition to two brothers and their households. No memorial service shall be held. Contributions in his identify could also be made to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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