Max Allentuck, a theater manager known to three generations in the theater community as “Broadway Max,” died in his sleep Oct. 22 at his East Hampton, Long Island, home. He was 84.
A New York City native, Allentuck began his career in vaudeville, working for many of the major Broadway producers, including Kermit Bloomgarden, Robert Whitehead, Emanuel Azenberg and James and Joseph Nederlander. His first Broadway job was as company manager for “Jacobowsky and the Colonel,” a 1944 play starring Louis Calhern.
Allentuck became Bloomgarden’s general manager in 1945 with the production of “Deep Are the Roots,” and in this capacity managed shows including “Death of a Salesman,” “A View from the Bridge,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Look Homeward, Angel” and “The Music Man.”
He was associate producer for the David Wayne TV series “Norby” during 1953-54, and in 1964 was general manager for the New York World’s Fair production of “Wonderworld.”
Allentuck is survived by his third wife, Vaughan, a brother, two sisters, three sons and two daughters.