AMSTERDAM — Robin De Levita, former right-hand man of Dutch theatrical mogul Joop van den Ende, has launched LE Prods., a joint venture with Dutch composer and lyricist John Ewbank, and has opened a Gotham office.
LEP, a subsid of New York- and Amsterdam-based Robin De Levita Prods, which bowed April 1, will exploit all Ewbank’s works for the international market.
Considered one of the most successful composers in the Netherlands, Ewbank has written more than 100 original works and composed, written and produced seven platinum records for Dutch star Marco Borsato.
De Levita has been working with Ewbank for three years on the scores for his first two musicals — “Carmen: The Musical” and “Alice.”
Both will be internationally focused, with “Carmen” headed for New York first. Production schedules and production partners will be announced next month.
“This is a man with considerable talent who has had remarkable success in his home country, but no one has thought of taking that success any further. His songs have only been sung in the Dutch language. We want to change that,” De Levita said.
De Levita has produced 14 shows on Broadway and 73 musicals in the U.S. and Europe, and has won three Tonys and a Laurence Olivier Award.
He worked for Van den Ende for more than 25 years, first with Joop van den Ende Theatrical Prods., then with Endemol Live Entertainment and then with Stage Holding.