Title: Broadway Producer
Company: Mary Lu Roffe Productions LLC
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Mary Lu Rubnitz Roffe, Broadway Producer at Mary Lu Roffe Productions LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in musical production.
For 30 years, Ms. Roffe has found success as a Broadway producer with her company, Mary Lu Roffe Productions. She is experienced in musical production and attributes her success to determination, loyalty and perfectionism. The industry runs in Ms. Roffe’s family; her great-uncle, Oscar Serlin, was a longtime Broadway producer who holds the record for the longest-running play in Broadway history for the show “Life with Father.” Ms. Roffe is a member of the Broadway League.
Ms. Roffe has produced many shows, including “Life of Pi, ” which began in 2023. She previously produced “Beetlejuice,” “The Realistic Joneses,” “The Heidi Chronicles,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Chinglish,” “The Addams Family, “Boeing-Boeing,” “The Country Girl,” “Talk Radio” and “Spamalot,” among numerous others. She began her career as an associate producer for “Angels in America” in 1993 and “Hedda Gabler” from 2001 to 2002.
For her accomplishments, Ms. Roffe has earned numerous awards and accolades. “Spamalot” won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2005, while “Beetlejuice” and “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812” were both nominees. She won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play in 2013 for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” In 2008, her production of “Boeing-Boeing” also won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Ms. Roffe’s production of “Man of La Mancha” was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play in 2003 and “Spamalot” won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding New Musical in 2005, among numerous further awards and nominations.
Alongside her primary work as a producer, Ms. Roffe has remained dedicated to civic engagement. She has served as a board member of the Chicago History Museum and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Since 2012, she has been an honorary board member of the latter organization. In preparation for her career, Ms. Roffe attended Brake University, graduating in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
In the coming years, Ms. Roffe hopes to produce a giant musical. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, filming, decorating and designing. She is also a lifelong member of the Lake Shore Country Club.
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