Jack O'Brien has been named the honorary chair of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Jack O'Brien has been named the honorary chair of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival.
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Three-time Tony-winning director Jack O'Brien has been named the honorary chair of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. He will also host the festival's annual opening-night celebration on July 7.

"We are proud to have my friend Jack as our honorary chair," said NYMF Executive Director & Producer Dan Markley in a statement. "He is a true man of the theatre, having worked consistently for nearly 50 years while wearing multiple hats as a director, producer, and writer. From classic works to new contemporary musicals, Jack has done it all and we are thrilled that he will be joining us at NYMF this year."

O'Brien is currently represented onstage with his free Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing, starring Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. He won Tonys for his productions of Hairspray, The Coast of Utopia, and Henry IV. His many other musical and dramatic productions include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty, and The Invention of Love. He served as artistic director of San Diego's Old Globe from 1981-2007.

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