Facts about Broadway Theaters and Shows

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Peter and the Starcatcher
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An executive with extensive experience in finance, Kenneth Wirth is also an accomplished professional in the world of theater. Kenneth Wirth has produced various Tony Award-winning Broadway shows, including Peter and the Starcatcher and Jitney.

Broadway has a long history dating back to the early 1900s. Here are some interesting facts about the historic theater district.

Broadway is comprised of a group of 40 professional theaters located in New York City at different areas in Midtown Manhattan, the Theater District, and Lincoln Center. Theaters with the capacity to hold at least 500 people are official Broadway theaters, while venues with between 100 and 499 seats are called off-Broadway theaters. Theaters with up to 99 seats are known as off-off-Broadway.

In the history of Broadway shows, the longest-running is the Phantom of the Opera, which has been performed over 11,400 times since its opening in 1988. In terms of the highest-grossing show, the Lion King stands out as having earned over $1.09 billion.

In the theater industry, the Tony Award is the most prestigious honor that can be bestowed to a show. The Tonys were first presented in 1947, when the award was a cigarette lighter for men and a compact for women. The Coast of Utopia (2007) and Fences (2010 revival) have received the highest number of Tony Award nominations to date. Each show was nominated 10 times. However, The Coast of Utopia has won the most Tony Awards.

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The Drama League Provides Arts Education to NY Students

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The Drama League
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Kenneth Wirth serves as the CEO of First Financial Resources, Ltd., and as the business manager for The Midtown Men, a performance group that includes the four original stars of Jersey Boys. Outside of work, Kenneth Wirth remains actively involved in the community through many board positions, including sitting on the board of The Drama League. This organization undertakes a number of initiatives to transform the relationship between artists and their audiences.

This year, the organization responded to the continued cuts to pubic schools arts education funding by launching a new program for New York high school students. Called New Visions/New Voices, the program provides theater training at no cost after school at the Drama League Theater Center.

Through the program, students interested in drama as a career can learn about the several roles individuals can fill in relation to the theater so that they can make more informed choices about their career paths. The first class taught under the program was called “Theater Directing: Staging Your World” and culminated in scenes from The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams performed by students.

The Drama League Unites Artists and Audiences

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The Drama League
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Kenneth Wirth works as CEO of First Financial Resources Ltd., in Greenwich, Connecticut. Outside of his professional endeavors, Kenneth Wirth serves on the Board of Directors of The Drama League.

The Drama League, located in New York City, exists to bring together artists and audiences through artistic development and audience education to build a richer overall stage experience for all involved. The League develops artists’ abilities through several fellowship opportunities – among them the Fall Directing Fellowship, which allows four directors to immerse themselves in directorial opportunities available in New York City and throughout the region.
Mr Wirth in his second three year term as a member of the Board of Directors brought National Life Group to the Board as a sponsor for 100th Birthday of the Drama League.
Last Friday May 20th was the annual Drama League Awards Luncheon. The event was attended by more than 500 people as they handed out all the awards for the current season.
Mr Wirth, recently was awarded an MFA in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College in Purchase NY. He was awarded this degree with Honors.
Mr Wirth, a Producer of ” Turn Me Loose ” currently on Broadway is involved with two other plays headed for Broadway.

The Midtown Men – Broadway Stars Tour North America

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The Midtown Men
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Kenneth Wirth leads First Financial Resources Ltd., as the company’s CEO. Outside of his work world, Kenneth Wirth is involved with the New York City theater community. He is the Business Manager for The Midtown Men.

The four-man group originated as the original cast of “Jersey Boys” on Broadway. After a three-season run, the four singers banded together to form The Midtown Men and went on to bring their musical talents to audiences around North America with almost 1,000 live shows.

As the first-ever group formed from a Broadway principal cast, the Men have gained a loyal following from their tours throughout the United States and recently internationally They offer a place for fans to gather and read updates at http://www.themidtownclub.com. There, fans have the opportunity to discuss recent shows or musical offerings in the comments section, and unique merchandise featuring images of the four vocalists is available on the Club page.

The Midtown Men continue to define the marketplace for the sound and musical genre.
Their ambitious schedule continues with dates scheduled well into 2017. Last weekend they sold out BB Kings in New York City and the night after played to an 8000 person crowd at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
Expanding his Broadway involvement Mr Wirth teamed up with music icon John Legend as Producers to present the critically acclaimed ” Turn Me Loose.” The Broadway smash is about Dick Gregory and his success from the 60’s through today.
The hit opened up on May 19 2016 starring Joe Morton as Dick Gregory.
The reviews have been unprecedented and the show is playing at the Westside Theater on West 43rd Street in New York City.

Peter and the Starcatcher – A Grownup’s Prequel to Peter Pan

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Peter and the Starcatcher
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Kenneth Wirth is CEO of First Financial Resources, Ltd., and co-producer of the musical Peter and the Starcatcher, a grownup rendition of what takes place before the classic story of Peter Pan. Kenneth Wirth has been instrumental in the production, which is based on Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novel of the same name.

In an effort to answer the question of how Peter Pan became known as the boy who never grew up, Peter and the Starcatcher is an origin story presented by a dozen actors who bring over one hundred characters to life on stage. Suggesting that the imagination is the most powerful gift in the world, this musical highlights the prelude to Peter Pan’s journey.

Ken Wirth continues his Broadway involvement with the opening of Turn Me Loose and exciting play about Dick Gregory the famous comedian. The epic play opens Thursday May 19 2016 with Joe Morton, famed actor from the TV show Scandal playing Dick Gregory.
Turn Me Loose will premier at the Westside Theatre in Manhattan on West 34th Street.
The greatly anticipated work has been in the works for seven years. Wirth partners with musical sensation John Legend and Eric Falkenstein to bring this event to Broadway.

About The Drama League Awards

A financial services Executive and business manager in the entertainment industry, Kenneth Wirth also stands out as an active participant in American theater. Kenneth Wirth recently accepted nomination to the Board of Directors of The Drama League.

Each May, the theater community gathers for the presentation of the oldest theatrical awards in the United States. The Drama League Awards began in 1912 and were formally established in 1935, since which time they have gained national regard as the only honors selected by the theater community as a whole. Voting members include actors, directors, designers, producers, critics, audiences, and many other individuals with a personal or professional interest in theatrical excellence.

The Drama League Awards include recognitions for original productions of plays and musicals, outstanding revival productions, and the elite Distinguished Performance Award. The ceremony also includes honors for Unique Contribution to the Theater and Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater, as well as the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing. The League announces nominations annually on April 21st at Sardi’s Restaurant, with excitement building to the final awards luncheon. The 2015 luncheon is scheduled to take place on May 15 at New York’s Marriott Marquis Times Square.
Mr. Wirth will be in attendance with the sponsors he hs brought to the Drama League for the second year, GenSpring Family Offices and National Life Group. Both organizations work with Wirth and his firm and are strong supporters of The Drama League.

The Directors Project at The Drama League of New York City

An accomplished financial services professional, Kenneth Wirth serves as Chief Executive Officer of First Financial Resources, Ltd., in Greenwich, Connecticut. In addition to his work at First Financial, Kenneth Wirth maintains a position on the Board of Directors for The Drama League, a New York-based nonprofit that works to foster the continuity of professional theater through a variety of programs and events.

Since its founding in 1916, The Drama League has operated several development programs for actors, writers, directors, and other theater professionals. One of the organization’s main educational programs is the Directors Project, which provides training to early and mid-career theater directors from across the country.

In addition to enhancing participants’ knowledge and skills, the Directors Project introduces promising directors to leading theater artists and provides them with the opportunity to present their work in a professional environment. Over the years, the project has assisted a number of directors who have gone on to receive very distinguished awards, including the Tony, Emmy, Peabody, and Pulitzer Prize for Drama.