Fantozzi stages WMA exit

After almost forty years with the tenpercentery, veteran agent Tony Fantozzi is leaving William Morris to become a producer focusing on legitimate theater projects.

Fantozzi will start immediately with the British stage production of “Tallulah” starring Kathleen Turner. The play will have its world premiere on June 25 at the Chichester Festival.

Future plans include moving the production to London’s West End, with co-producer Duncan Weldon, and then to Broadway, with James Nederlander and Manny Kladitis co-producing.

Fantozzi started at WMA in Chicago in 1958, booking acts in Windy City nightclubs.

Fantozzi has worked in WMA’s New York and Los Angeles offices, and in every area and department of the agency. He also was a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

In his career at the agency, he packaged the Tony Awards for television and lined up Pearl Bailey to lead an all-black cast in “Hello Dolly.”

“I’ve always said I had one of the best jobs in the business, working for a great agency, representing great clients,” he said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to trying something else while it’s all still fun. Hopefully, this new adventure will keep me in touch with many of the same talents who peopled my past.”

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