Stuart Thompson, a longtime museum writer and ubiquitous manager of shows including “The Book of Mormon” and a upcoming low-pitched adaptation of “Mean Girls,” died in New York on Thursday of complications from esophageal cancer. He was 62.
A well-liked figure in a Broadway village and a leader of 6 Tony Awards, Thompson was a co-head of Thompson Turner Productions, that he shaped with David Turner in 2015 after some-more than 20 years as a conduct of his organisation Stuart Thompson Productions. The executive writer of a U.S. companies of “The Book of Mormon” and co-producer of a West End and Australian productions, Thompson was a writer of final season’s Broadway stagings of “Sweat” and “Six Degrees of Separation,” and was also one of a lead producers of a “Mean Girls” low-pitched that will make a universe premiere in Washington, D.C., after this year.
“Mean Girls,” on that Thompson had partnered with “Saturday Night Live” impresario Lorne Michaels, stays on lane to start performances during a Kennedy Center Oct. 31. “A constant lady and a fun to work with,” pronounced Michaels of Thompson. “He led Tina Fey and we by a routine of building a show. We demeanour brazen to presenting ‘Mean Girls’ in both Washington, D.C., and New York to a high customary that Stuart has set for us.”
Thompson was innate in Sydney, Australia in 1955 and lifted in Adelaide, where he complicated museum during Flinders University. After a few years of work in a humanities in Australia, he changed to New York to investigate humanities administration during New York University.
He remained in a U.S. after that, primarily operative during a Kennedy Center with Peter Sellars’ American National Theater. In New York, he was mentored by Robert Whitehead and Lewis Allen; his initial Broadway credit is as a ubiquitous manager of Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men” in 1989.
He shaped Stuart Thompson Productions in 1993, handling shows including “Blood Brothers,” “Master Class,” and “Skylight.” He began producing in 1997 with David Mamet’s “The Old Neighborhood” and went on to co-produce, among other shows, “The Tale of Allergist’s Wife,” “Proof,” and “The Curious Incident of a Dog in a Night-Time,” 3 of a longest-running Broadway plays in new years.
His other Broadway producing work includes “King Charles III,” “No Man’s Land/Waiting for Godot,” and “The Present” with Cate Blanchett. In total, he constructed or managed some-more than 70 productions on Broadway and on a West End.
He is survived by father Joseph Roland Baker III. In lieu of flowers, donations can be done to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Medicare Rights Center. A commemorative use will be designed for a destiny date.
“In this really tiny community, Stuart was always a outrageous figure,” pronounced “The Book of Mormon” producers Scott Rudin and Anne Garefino. “He was a smashing partner, a dear colleague, and a profoundly constant friend. Stuart will be missed by all of us propitious to have famous him and worked side by side with him for years.”