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Eugene V. Wolsk

Producer, General Manager, Manager
( b. circa 1929 - d. May 02, 2013 ) Male
Also known as: Eugene Wolsk
Gene Wolsk
Eugene V. Wolsk began his career as the Broadway company manager of the hit play Tchin-Tchin in 1962, starring Anthony Quinn and Margaret Leighton. He was also company manager for John Osborne's historical play Luther and James Baldwin's race drama Blues For Mr. Charlie.

By the time the Joshua Logan-directed comedy Ready When You Are, C.B.! came along in 1965, Mr. Wolsk was a general manager. He acted in the same capacity for the enormous comedy hit The Impossible Years, which starred Alan King and ran for two years beginning in 1965.

Mr. Wolsk was a member of a generation of general managers in the 1960s who graduated to the role of producer. His first foray as a full-fledged showman was 1966's The Lion in Winter, on which he joined forces with King and Emanuel Azenberg, who would become his most frequent partner, both as producer and general manager. The James Goldman play, set in the time of King Henry II, ran only three months, but was respectfully reviewed, won a couple Tony nominations and was adapted into a well-known film.

Mr. Wolsk followed up that effort with Mark Twain Tonight!, an innovative solo play starring Hal Holbrook; the wartime drama The Investigation; and the farce Something Different, written and directed by Carl Reiner.

From that time on, Mr. Wolsk would ping-pong between the roles of general manager and producer. As a general manager - often in collaboration with Azenberg - he worked on the musical George M!, the Joe Papp-production Shakespearean musical romp Two Gentlemen of Verona, David Rabe's Sticks and Bones, the 1972 revival of A Funny Thing Happened...., the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama That Championship Season, Much Ado About Nothing, Larry Gelbart's Volpone-inspired comedy Sly Fox, the musical The Wiz, and a 1977 revival of Hair. A frequent employer was the New York Shakespeare Festival, where Wolsk and Azenberg were Joe Papp's general managers of choice throughout much of the 1970s.

As producer, he backed, with Azenberg, the Melvin Van Peeples musical Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, and a series of 1970s Neil Simon comedies, including The Sunshine Boys, The Good Doctor and God's Favorite. Alone, he produced a 1977 revival of Man of La Mancha. His final Broadway producing credit was the Gelbart political farce Mastergate in 1989.

Source: Playbill.com



Productions Date of Productions
Mastergate
[Play, Comedy, Satire, Original]
  • Produced by Gene Wolsk
Oct 12, 1989 - Dec 10, 1989
Broadway
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • General Manager: GRQ Productions, Ltd.
Jun 25, 1987 - Jun 27, 1987
Singin' in the Rain
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Associate Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
Jul 02, 1985 - May 18, 1986
Steaming
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Gene Wolsk
Dec 12, 1982 - Feb 05, 1983
The Little Prince and the Aviator
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: GRQ Productions, Ltd.
Never Officially Opened - Jan 17, 1982
Fiddler on the Roof
[Musical, Comedy, Drama, Revival]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
Jul 09, 1981 - Aug 23, 1981
Charlotte
[Play, Monologue, Original]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
  • General Manager: GRQ Productions, Ltd.
Feb 27, 1980 - Mar 01, 1980
Last Licks
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
Nov 20, 1979 - Dec 01, 1979
Saravā
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
  • General Manager: GRQ Productions, Ltd.
Jan 11, 1979 - Jun 17, 1979
Hair
[Musical, Revival]
  • General Manager: Eugene V. Wolsk
Oct 05, 1977 - Nov 06, 1977
Man of La Mancha
[Musical, Drama, Revival]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
Sep 15, 1977 - Dec 31, 1977
Sly Fox
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Eugene V. Wolsk
Dec 14, 1976 - Feb 19, 1978
Herzl
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Eugene V. Wolsk
Nov 30, 1976 - Dec 05, 1976
Home Sweet Homer
[Musical, Romantic Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Wolsk & Azenberg
Jan 04, 1976 - Jan 04, 1976
The Wiz
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Eugene V. Wolsk
Jan 05, 1975 - Jan 28, 1979
God's Favorite
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
Dec 11, 1974 - Mar 23, 1975
Scapino
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
Sep 27, 1974 - Mar 02, 1975
The Good Doctor
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
Nov 27, 1973 - May 26, 1974
The Sunshine Boys
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
Dec 20, 1972 - Apr 21, 1974
Much Ado About Nothing
[Play, Comedy, Play with music, Revival]
  • General Manager: Eugene V. Wolsk
Nov 11, 1972 - Feb 11, 1973
That Championship Season
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Eugene Wolsk
Sep 14, 1972 - Apr 21, 1974
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
[Musical, Comedy, Farce, Revival]
  • General Manager: Eugene Wolsk
Mar 30, 1972 - Aug 12, 1972
Sticks and Bones
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Eugene Wolsk
Mar 01, 1972 - Oct 01, 1972
Two Gentlemen of Verona
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Eugene Wolsk
Dec 01, 1971 - May 20, 1973
Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
[Musical, Original]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
Oct 20, 1971 - Jul 30, 1972
Billy
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Allentuck, Azenberg, and Wolsk
Mar 22, 1969 - Mar 22, 1969
Fire!
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • General Manager: Allentuck, Azenberg, and Wolsk
Jan 28, 1969 - Feb 01, 1969
George M!
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Allentuck, Azenberg, and Wolsk
Apr 10, 1968 - Apr 26, 1969
Something Different
[Play, Comedy, Farce, Original]
  • Produced by Quartet Productions
Nov 28, 1967 - Feb 24, 1968
The Investigation
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
Oct 04, 1966 - Dec 31, 1966
Mark Twain Tonight!
[Play, Solo, Original]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
Mar 23, 1966 - Jun 11, 1966
The Lion in Winter
[Play, Original]
  • Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
Mar 03, 1966 - May 21, 1966
The Impossible Years
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Eugene V. Wolsk
Oct 13, 1965 - May 27, 1967
Ready When You Are, C.B.!
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Eugene V. Wolsk
Dec 07, 1964 - Feb 13, 1965
Blues for Mister Charlie
[Play, Original]
  • Company Manager: Eugene V. Wolsk
Apr 23, 1964 - Aug 29, 1964
Luther
[Play, Original]
  • Company Manager: Eugene Wolsk
Sep 25, 1963 - Mar 28, 1964
The Lady of the Camellias
[Play, Original]
  • Company Manager: Eugene Wolsk
Mar 20, 1963 - Mar 30, 1963
Tchin-Tchin
[Play, Original]
  • Company Manager: Gene Wolsk
Oct 25, 1962 - May 18, 1963
1991 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Musical Revue/Entertainment
  Gene Wolsk (for "Forever Plaid") [nominee]
1973 Tony Award® Best Play
 The Sunshine Boys [nominee]
Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
1972 Tony Award® Best Musical
 Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death [nominee]
Produced by Eugene V. Wolsk
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