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Roy A. Somlyo

Producer, General Manager, Manager, Production Crew
( b. Sep 02, 1925 Detroit, Michigan, USA - d. Jan 29, 2009 ) Male
Also known as: Roy Somlyo
Roy A. Somlyo was a producer and general manager of more than 100 shows on Broadway, London and on tour, and an architect of the Tony Awards as we know it today. Mr. Somlyo was the first managing producer for Tony Award Productions, and, according to the American Theatre Wing, which co-presents the awards with The Broadway League, "was the architect of the current Tony Awards structure and presentation."

He began a 37-year affiliation with the Tony Awards in 1967 while continuing other television and theatre activity. He was the awards show's managing producer for 12 years. He also worked on more than 50 network programs, for which he won four Emmy Awards.

Mr. Somlyo was president of the American Theatre Wing for five years, serving through the 2003 Tony Awards. In recent years Mr. Somlyo maintained a production and consultancy office, and was passionate about passing his expertise and experience on to young theatre people.

His career in Broadway theatre began in the late 1940s as a production assistant on Goodbye, My Fancy (1949); Caesar and Cleopatra (1950), directed by and starring Cedric Hardwicke; and The Devil's Disciple (1954). He graduated to assistant company manager of the musical Fanny and Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker, and was a replacement company manager on the original Gypsy.

By 1961 his career as a general manager began. Some of his credits as a Broadway G.M. included famous engagements of Beyond the Fringe, An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May, An Evening With Yves Montand, Hamlet starring Richard Burton, Dear World and more.

He became an associate producer or producer in later years on such shows as the musical I Remember Mama,, 84 Charing Cross Road, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine and more. His last Broadway credit as a producer was for the dance specialty show, Gypsy Passion, in 1992-93.

When Mr. Somlyo joined the Wing in 1998, leaving his position as managing producer of the Tony Awards, one of his first chores was to modernize the offices, which he made fully computerized. "I am particularly proud of having just created a very special website for the Wing," Mr. Somlyo said at the time. Under his guidance Wing membership increased by 800 percent, and he left the Wing more financially secure. He also created The American Theatre Wing's Guide to Careers in the Theatre, and he turned the Wing's Spring Honors event into a lavish affair.

At the time of his exit, Mr. Somlyo was credited with maintaining the Wing's presence in connection with the annual Tony Awards ceremony; the Tonys were created as a program of the Wing, a not-for-profit service organization to the American theatre. In later years, The Broadway League (formerly The League of American Theatres and Producers) became a co-presenter.

After his work at the Wing, Mr. Somlyo became executive consultant to the Drama Desk Awards, advising that group on how its profile might be enhanced.

Source: Playbill.com



Productions Date of Productions
Gypsy Passion
[Special, Dance, Original]
  • Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
Nov 17, 1992 - Jan 02, 1993
Checkmates
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Aug 04, 1988 - Dec 31, 1988
Sherlock's Last Case
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Aug 20, 1987 - Dec 06, 1987
Uptown...It's Hot!
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Jan 29, 1986 - Feb 16, 1986
Kipling
[Play, Solo, Original]
  • Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
Oct 10, 1984 - Oct 21, 1984
La Tragedie de Carmen
[Musical, Opera, Original]
  • Co - Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
Nov 17, 1983 - Apr 28, 1984
Edmund Kean
[Play, Solo, Original]
  • Coordinating Producer: Roy A. Somlyo
Sep 27, 1983 - Oct 29, 1983
84 Charing Cross Road
[Play, Original]
  • Co - Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Dec 07, 1982 - Feb 27, 1983
A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine
[Musical, Comedy, Revue, Original]
  • Co - Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
May 01, 1980 - Sep 27, 1981
I Remember Mama
[Musical, Original]
  • Co - Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
May 31, 1979 - Sep 02, 1979
Anna Christie
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Co - Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
Apr 14, 1977 - Jul 30, 1977
Comedians
[Play, Original]
  • Co - Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
Nov 28, 1976 - Apr 03, 1977
We Interrupt This Program...
[Play, Mystery, Thriller, Original]
  • Associate Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
Apr 01, 1975 - Apr 05, 1975
Who's Who in Hell
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Associate Produced by Roy Somlyo
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Dec 09, 1974 - Dec 14, 1974
Ulysses in Nighttown
[Play, Original]
  • Associate Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
Mar 10, 1974 - May 11, 1974
Good Evening
[Play, Revue, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Nov 14, 1973 - Nov 30, 1974
6 Rms Riv Vu
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Associate Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Oct 17, 1972 - May 19, 1973
Fun City
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Associate Produced by Roy Somlyo
Jan 02, 1972 - Jan 08, 1972
Home
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Production Associate: Roy A. Somlyo
Nov 17, 1970 - Feb 20, 1971
Dear World
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
  • Production Associate: Roy A. Somlyo
Feb 06, 1969 - May 31, 1969
Marlene Dietrich
[Special, Concert, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Oct 03, 1968 - Nov 30, 1968
Halfway Up the Tree
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Nov 07, 1967 - Dec 31, 1967
Marlene Dietrich
[Special, Concert, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Oct 09, 1967 - Nov 18, 1967
The Unknown Soldier and His Wife
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Jul 06, 1967 - Nov 12, 1967
Little Murders
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Apr 25, 1967 - Apr 29, 1967
Black Comedy / White Lies
Black Comedy
[Play, Farce, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
White Lies
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Feb 12, 1967 - Dec 02, 1967
The Homecoming
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager for Alexander H. Cohen: Roy Somlyo
Jan 05, 1967 - Oct 14, 1967
At the Drop of Another Hat
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Dec 27, 1966 - Apr 09, 1967
A Time for Singing
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
May 21, 1966 - Jun 25, 1966
Ivanov
[Play, Revival]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
May 03, 1966 - Jun 11, 1966
The Devils
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Nov 16, 1965 - Jan 08, 1966
Ken Murray's Hollywood
[Special, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
May 10, 1965 - May 22, 1965
Maurice Chevalier at 77
[Special, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Apr 01, 1965 - May 01, 1965
Baker Street
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Feb 16, 1965 - Nov 14, 1965
Comedy in Music Opus 2
[Special, Solo, Comedy, Concert, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Nov 09, 1964 - Apr 24, 1965
Hamlet
[Play, Tragedy, Revival]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Apr 09, 1964 - Aug 08, 1964
Rugantino
[Musical, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Feb 06, 1964 - Feb 29, 1964
Man and Boy
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Nov 12, 1963 - Dec 28, 1963
Karmon Israeli Dancers
[Special, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
May 20, 1963 - Jun 08, 1963
Ages of Man
[Play, Solo, Drama, Revival]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Apr 14, 1963 - Apr 21, 1963
Lorenzo
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Feb 14, 1963 - Feb 16, 1963
An Evening with Maurice Chevalier
[Special, Concert, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Jan 28, 1963 - Feb 23, 1963
The School for Scandal
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Jan 24, 1963 - Mar 16, 1963
Beyond the Fringe
[Play, Revue, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Oct 27, 1962 - May 30, 1964
An Evening With Yves Montand
[Special, Solo, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Oct 24, 1961 - Dec 16, 1961
An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May
[Special, Comedy, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Oct 08, 1960 - Jul 01, 1961
The Cool World
[Play, Original]
  • Company Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Feb 22, 1960 - Feb 23, 1960
A Distant Bell
[Play, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
  • Company Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Jan 13, 1960 - Jan 16, 1960
An Evening With Yves Montand
[Special, Solo, Original]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Sep 22, 1959 - Oct 31, 1959
Gypsy
[Musical, Drama, Original]
  • Company Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
    • - Replacement
May 21, 1959 - Mar 25, 1961
Triple Play
Bedtime Story
[Play, Drama, One Act, Original]
  • Company Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Portrait of a Madonna
[Play, Drama, One Act, Original]
  • Company Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Some Comments on the Harmful Effects of Tobacco
[Play, Drama, Monologue, One Act, Original]
  • Company Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
A Pound on Demand
[Play, Drama, One Act, Revival]
  • Company Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Apr 15, 1959 - May 16, 1959
Epitaph for George Dillon
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • General Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Jan 12, 1959 - Feb 21, 1959
Cue for Passion
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Company Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Nov 25, 1958 - Dec 27, 1958
Patate
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Company Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Oct 28, 1958 - Nov 01, 1958
The Matchmaker
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Assistant Company Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
Dec 05, 1955 - Feb 02, 1957
Fanny
[Musical, Original]
  • Assistant Company Manager: Roy A. Somlyo
    • - Replacement
Nov 04, 1954 - Dec 16, 1956
The Devil's Disciple
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Production Assistant: Roy Somlyo
Feb 21, 1950 - May 27, 1950
Caesar and Cleopatra
[Play, Comedy, Revival]
  • Production Assistant: Roy A. Somlyo
Dec 21, 1949 - Apr 29, 1950
Goodbye, My Fancy
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Production Assistant: Roy A. Somlyo
Nov 17, 1948 - Dec 24, 1949
1984 Drama Desk Award Unique Theatrical Experience
winnerLa Tragedie de Carmen [winner]
Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
1977 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play (Foreign)
 Comedians [nominee]
Produced by Roy A. Somlyo
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