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Jack Viertel, Artistic Director of Encores!, is also the creative director of Jujamcyn Theaters, in charge of creating and identifying new projects for the company's five Broadway theaters. Current and recent productions include Doubt, The Producers, Jersey Boys, Sweeney Todd, Proof, Gem of the Ocean and The Wedding Singer. He has helped shepherd five of August Wilson's plays to Broadway, worked on Angels in America, Into the Woods, and M. Butterfly, among others. He conceived and co-produced the long-running musical revue Smokey Joe's Cafe, served as dramaturg for The Wedding Singer and Hairspray, and is the coauthor of the musical Time and Again. He spent two years as dramaturg of the Mark Taper Forum in L.A., and began work in the theater as a critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
Author, “The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built”