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Randall Wreghitt dies at 55

Producer brought important work to stage

Theatrical producer Randall L. Wreghitt, who brought innovative dramatic work to Broadway and Off Broadway, died Wednesday, May 18, due to complications from carbon monoxide poisoning. He was 55.

The president of New York City-based Randall L. Wreghitt Prods. produced a number of successful productions of plays and musicals on Broadway, including “The Miracle Worker,” starring Abigail Breslin, Alison Pill, Matthew Modine, Jennifer Morrison and Elizabeth Franz; “Impressionism,” with Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen and Marsha Mason; musical “Grey Gardens” (10 Tony nominations including best musical); Martin McDonagh’s “Lieutenant of Inishmore” (five Tony noms including best play); musical “Little Women,” starring Sutton Foster (best actress Tony nom) and Maureen McGovern; “Golda’s Balcony,” starring Tovah Feldshuh (best actress Tony nom); Mary Zimmerman’s “Metamorphoses” (nominated for best play and a winner for director); “Hedda Gabler,” starring Kate Burton (best actress Tony nom); “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” starring Gary Sinise (winner of the best revival Tony); McDonagh’s “The Lonesome West” (four Tony noms including best play); McDonagh’s four-time Tony-winning play “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” (six Tony nominations including best play); “Electra,” starring Zoe Wanamaker (three Tony noms including best revival); and the musical “Band in Berlin.” He was associate producer of the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing.”

Off Broadway productions include Kenneth Lonergan’s “The Waverly Gallery,” starring Eileen Heckart, who won a Special Tony Award for the perf). He also produced Douglas Carter Beane’s comedy “As Bees in Honey Drown”; Karen Trott’s one-person musical “The Springhill Singing Disaster”; the revival of Mart Crowley’s “The Boys in the Band”; Nicky Silver’s long-running hit “The Food Chain”; Mark St. Germaine’s comedy “Camping With Henry and Tom”; and the cult hit musical “Zombie Prom.”

Wreghitt received the 1996 Robert Whitehead Award for outstanding achievement in commercial theatrical producing.

He was one of the producers of the revival of “Talley’s Folly: for Broadway in the fall of 2011; the Broadway-bound musical “Aesop and Company” and “The Great Game.”

In addition, Wreghitt created and was the head of Pro-Marketing, a marketing and promotions company that specialized in entertainment.

Born in Clear Lake, Iowa, Wreghitt attended Iowa State U. He worked as a marketing executive for Disney and the Big Apple Circus.

Wreghitt is survived by his mother and sister.

Donations may be made to the Randall L. Wreghitt Memorial Fund c/o Ward Van Slyke Funeral home, 101 4th Street, Clear Lake, IA 50428.

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