Remembering Stuart Thompson

Stuart J. Thompson, a prolific Broadway producer and general manager whose productions won six Tony Awards. Photo credit: Marc Bryan-Brown

Stuart J. Thompson, a prolific Broadway producer and general manager. Photo: Marc Bryan-Brown

The theater is a special place where you meet the most extraordinary creatures.

They come from all over the world. And become small town friends and family in no time. We were lucky to meet Stuart Thompson, a wunderkind from Australia, in the 1990's when he managed the classic plays TRU and A FEW GOOD MEN, both of which played the Curran.

Carole Shorenstein Hays played a particularly important role in the theatrical career of Stuart when they partnered as the Broadway producers of David Mamet's THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD, starring Patti LuPone. This was Stuart's debut as a producer.

Stuart's career flourished on Broadway and many of his productions happily played San Francisco, a city he loved. We lost Stuart Thompson last Friday. Gone too young. But he leaves a legacy of great talent behind. Like Carole did for him, Stuart did for countless young theater professionals. Stuart will live in all of them and in the beauty of his productions, and in our hearts.

Today, we joined our Broadway community to celebrate the life of prolific theatrical producer, manager and friend Stuart Thompson with a dimming of our marquee lights.

On August 22 at 6:45et/3:45pt, the Curran marquee joined Broadway marquees to dim in memory of prolific producer and general manager Stuart Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Medicare Rights Center.