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Barry Weissler (born 1939) is a theater producer who along with his wife Fran Weissler started a touring theatrical group, The National Theatre Company, which presented classic plays to High School, College and adult audiences with professional casts. After years of touring Shakespearean plays on the east coast they brought “Othello” and “Medea” to Broadway in 1982. The two plays earned them their first two Tony Award nominations and first win for “Othello.” As of 2014 the pair have earned 28 Tony or Drama Desk nominations. They have won 7 Tony Awards including Best Rivival for “Gypsy”(1990), “Fiddler on the Roof”(1991), and “Pippin”(2013) and 4 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Revival for “La Cage aux Folles” (2010), and “Chicago” (1997). The couple also received the Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production for their production of “Chicago” in the London West End.

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Barry Weissler Productions

[Broadway, 2021] [Replacement]
[Broadway, 2016]
[Broadway, 2015]
Executive Producer
[Broadway, 2014]
[Broadway, 2013]
[Broadway, 2005]
[Broadway, 2000]
[Broadway, 1999]
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Associate Producer
[West End, 1997]
[Broadway, 1996]
[Off-Broadway, 1996]
[Broadway, 1994]
[Broadway, 1993]
[Broadway, 1992]
[Broadway, 1990]
[Broadway, 1989]
[Broadway, 1987]
[Broadway, 1983]
[Off-Broadway, 1979]

Barry Weissler Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2016 - Best Musical

Barry WeisslerWaitress

Tony Awards - 1988 - Best Revival

Barry Weissler, Cabaret

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Barry Weissler News

Photos: CHICAGO Receives Plaque at the Ambassadors Theatre For 27th Anniversary

On November 14, Bob Wankel of the Shubert Organization presented Barry & Fran Weissler with a plaque outside the Ambassador Theatre commemorating the show’s legacy on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was there for the unveiling. Check out photos here!

Video: New CHICAGO Exhibit At The Museum of Broadway Celebrates The Show's Legacy Of Razzle Dazzle

Last week, Museum of Broadway launched its latest special exhibit: ALL THAT JAZZ: The Legacy of CHICAGO The Musical, celebrating Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, and John Kander's timeless classic, currently the longest-running show on Broadway. Go inside the new exhibit with BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge, the show's producer Barry Weissler, and Museum of Broadway co-founder, Julie Boardman in new video from inside the museum.

Interviews: On the Red Carpet of the WAITRESS Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival With Sara Bareilles, Joe Tippett & More

BroadwayWorld caught up with the cast and creative team of Waitress on the red carpet of the film's premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. Find out what Bareilles, Charity Angél Dawson, Drew Gehling, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, Joe Tippett, and more had to say at the opening night!

WAITRESS Filmed Capture to Screen in Times Square

Waitress, the Musical – Live on Broadway! will make history as the first film to be broadcast in Times Square during its 2023 Tribeca Film Festival premiere. Sara Bareilles will be introducing the film and will also perform live during the Tribeca premiere at BMCC. Find out who you can watch the Waitress pro-shot in Times Square now!

Jay Michaels to Speak At TheatreMakers Studio This Week

Jay Michaels, a producer/executive with a specialty in communications and promotion, will host a free webinar discussing the do's and don't of theatrical production - primarily the don'ts.

OUR LITTLE SECRET to Premiere At Playwrights Horizons in June

Play and screenwriter Rollin Jewett will return to the Downtown Urban Arts Festival with a dark comedy involving breaking and entering. Lydia Kalmen & Thamer Jendoubi in OUR LITTLE SECRET with Vincent Ticali as Lt. Banks. Production directed by Jay Michaels.

How to See WAITRESS: LIVE ON BROADWAY Film at the Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film festival has announced the screening dates for the world premiere of Waitress, the Musical - Live on Broadway!, the filmed capture of the hit Broadway musical. Sara Bareilles will also give a special performance following the world premiere of the film. Find out when you can see the Waitress live capture and how to get tickets now!

Photos: Go Inside Paulo Szot's Sardi's Caricature Celebration

See photos from Paulo Szot's Sardi's caricature celebration!

Photos: Bebe Neuwirth Visits Jinkx Monsoon Backstage at CHICAGO For Teacher's Night on Broadway

Bebe Neuwirth stopped by Chicago to visit Jinkx Monsoon, who currently stars in the production, for Teachers' Night on Broadway. Teacher's Night on Broadway celebrated 500 New York City public school educators by treating them to a showing of the musical Chicago. BroadwayWorld was there and you can check out photos here!

Photos: Stars Arrive at TAKE ME OUT Opening Night

The 2022 Tony Award Winning Revival of a Play Take Me Out officially returned to Broadway on October 27. TAKE ME OUT, a Second Stage Theater Production, has returned for a 14-week engagement at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Check out photos of the opening night arrivals here!

CHICAGO, A History- Part 2: A Modern Classic Makes A Bang On Stage and Screen

Discover the story behind one of the greatest musicals in history as we dive deep into the history of Broadway's longest-running American musical, John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse's, 'Chicago.'

TAKE ME OUT Will Return to Broadway This Fall With Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson

The Tony Award-winning revival of TAKE ME OUT will return to Broadway on Thursday, October 27 at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Written by Richard Greenberg and directed by Scott Ellis, TAKE ME OUT opened in spring 2022 to rave reviews and went on to garner four Tony Award nominations, winning Best Revival of a Play and Best Featured Actor in a Play for Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Photos: Meet CHICAGO's New Roxie Hart, Pamela Anderson

Take a first look at photos as the Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago will welcome actress and activist Pamela Anderson making her Broadway debut in the role of Roxie Hart beginning Tuesday, April 12, 2022. The name on everybody's lips is gonna be Pamela!

WAITRESS Won't Re-Open on Broadway; Show Played Final Performance on December 20

BroadwayWorld has confirmed that Waitress, which announced yesterday that it would resume performances this Saturday, December 25th will now remain closed, having played its final performance on December 20, 2021.

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES to be Adapted into Broadway Musical

Barry and Fran Weissler are adapting the acclaimed 2002 independent film Real Women Have Curves into a musical. Sergio Trujillo has been tapped to direct, with Lisa Loomer writing the book and Grammy-winning dup Jesse & Joy writing the score, likely making it the first Broadway musical with a Latine director, bookwriter, lyricist, and composer.

Photos: On the Red Carpet at CHICAGO's 25th Anniversary Performance

Last night, Chicago on Broadway celebrated 25 years of Razzle Dazzle on Broadway with a special celebration.

Photos: New York Governor Kathy Hochul Visits CHICAGO on Broadway

Broadway audience are back at the Ambassador Theatre, where Chicago has officially resumed performances last month. Just last week, the show welcomed a very special guest, the 57th Governor of New York, Kathy Hochul.

Photos: Jennifer Nettles, Erich Bergen, Nik Dodani and Ben Thompson Take First Bows in WAITRESS

Last night marked a shift change at Joe's Diner! Waitress just welcomed four new Broadway cast members at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, including Grammy Award-winning singer and actress Jennifer Nettles as Jenna, Nik Dodani as Ogie, and former Waitress cast members Erich Bergen and Ben Thomspon as Dr. Pomatter and Earl respectively.

Photos: WAITRESS Company Takes First Bows at the Barrymore Theatre

The hit musical Waitress opened up again last night as Broadway continues its highly-anticipated return! Check out photos from inside the big night below!

BWW Photo Exclusive: WAITRESS Welcomes Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Opening Night

The hit musical Waitress is opening up once more this evening as Broadway continues its highly-anticipated return! To celebrate the return of live theatre at the Barrymore and beyond, New York Senator and Senate Majority Leader, Chuck Schumer, stopped in for a visit with the Waitress family.


Barry Weissler has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. Some of his notable nominations include Best Musical for "Waitress" at the Tony Awards, Best Revival of a Musical for "Violet" at the Tony Awards, and Best Revival for "Cabaret" at the Tony Awards. These nominations highlight the recognition and acclaim that Weissler's productions have received in the Broadway community.

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