Youth jibes at Jujamcyn

Roth tapped for resident producer

Jordan Roth has been named resident producer of Jujamcyn Theaters, the producing org that owns five Broadway houses.

Roth produced “The Rocky Horror Show” on Broadway as well as “The Donkey Show,” which ran for six years Off Broadway and toured internationally. At 29, he is one of the youngest producers on Broadway.

“I think a big advantage is his youth and his connection with a whole younger generation of artists,” said Jujamcyn prexy Rocco Landesman.

Roth will develop projects as well as participate in the management of the org’s five theaters, the St. James (“The Producers”), the Al Hirschfeld (“Sweet Charity”), the August Wilson (“Jersey Boys”), the Eugene O’Neill (“Sweeney Todd”) and the Walter Kerr (“Doubt”).

As rumors of the hire swirled before the official announcement, some legiters raised their eyebrows at the idea of a relatively inexperienced producer occupying a senior position overseeing five Broadway landmarks.

They also wondered how much his family connections played a part in his appointment. Roth’s father, Steven, is a major Gotham real estate mogul, and his mother, Daryl, is a prominent producer (“Proof,” “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”) who owns two Off Broadway venues.

“I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish in this business in a short time, but I absolutely have a lot to learn,” Roth said. “And I think I’m in the right place to learn it.”

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