Margo Lion

Birth Place: Baltimore, MD, USA

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Lion is best known for her role in producing Hairspray.

Originally, Lion worked in politics, but after spending three years at the University of Iowa's Playwrights Workshop where her former husband, Ted Nemeth, was a graduate student, Lion's focus turned from education to her earlier interest in theater.

Lion's cousin, MacArthur Award recipient and director/choreographer Martha Clarke, introduced Lion to Lyn Austin from whom she learned the ropes with Austin's not-for-profit company, Music-Theater Group/Lenox Arts Center.

The first musical Lion produced on Broadway was Jelly's Last Jam, based on Jelly Roll Morton and the origins of jazz.

Other notable Broadway credits include Angels in America, On the Town, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, Caroline or Change, The Wedding Singer, Catch Me If You Can, and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, among others.

Lion was an adjunct professor and a member of the Dean's Council at the NYU Tisch School for the Arts. She served on the Board of Directors of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and on the advisory boards of the Baltimore Young Women's Leadership School, and The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, PUBLICOLOR.

In 2009 Margo Lion was selected by President Barack Obama to co-chair the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.


Lion's productions have garnered 20 Tony Awards, 4 Olivier Awards and 1 Pulitzer Prize. Following the opening of Hairspray, she was awarded the key to the city of Baltimore by then Mayor, Martin O'Malley.

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Margo Lion Productions

 
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[West End, 2007]
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[New York, 2004]
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[Toronto, 2004]
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[Off-Broadway, 1995]
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[Broadway, 1991]
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[Broadway, 1989]
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[Off-Broadway, 1987]
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[Off-Broadway, 1982]
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Margo Lion Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2011 - Best Musical

Margo Lion, Catch Me If You Can

Tony Awards - 2007 - Best Play

Margo Lion, Radio Golf

Tony Awards - 2006 - Best Musical

Margo Lion, The Wedding Singer

Tony Awards - 2004 - Best Musical

Margo Lion, Caroline, or Change

Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Musical

Margo Lion, Hairspray

Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Special Theatrical Event

Margo Lion, Elaine Stritch at Liberty

Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Play

Margo Lion, Seven Guitars

Tony Awards - 1994 - Best Play

Margo Lion, Angels in America: Perestroika

Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Play

Margo Lion, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Musical

Margo Lion, Jelly's Last Jam

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Margo Lion News


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Broadway Theatres to Dim Lights in Memory of Tony Award Winning Producer Margo Lion

The Broadway community mourns the loss of multiple Tony Award® winning producer Margo Lion, who died on January 24, 2020 at age 75. To commemorate her life and work, the Committee of Theatre Owners will dim the lights of the Jujamcyn Theatres (the Al Hirschfeld, August Wilson, Eugene O'Neill, St. James, and Walter Kerr Theatres) where Ms. Lion often collaborated and worked; as well as the American Airlines, Bernard Jacobs, Helen Hayes, Neil Simon, New Amsterdam, Lincoln Center, Lyric Theatre, and Samuel J. Friedmans; in New York for one minute on Saturday, February 29 at exactly 7:45pm.

Margo Lion, Tony Award-Winning Producer of HAIRSPRAY and More, Has Passed Away

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Margo Lion, Broadway and off-Broadway producer, has passed away. Lion is best known for her role in producing Hairspray.

T. Fellowship Announces New T. Fellow Ben Holtzman

T. Fellowship, in association with Columbia University School of the Arts, announces the next T. Fellow is Ben Holtzman, the eighth fellow in the one?year program designed to educate and empower new creative producers. The fellow will receive a stipend of $10,000 with a $20,000 budget for the development of a new theatrical production, and will have access to courses in Columbia's MFA Theatre Management & Producing Program.

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Margo Lion FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Margo Lion has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. Some of her notable nominations include Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Catch Me If You Can, The Wedding Singer, Caroline, or Change, Hairspray, and Jelly's Last Jam. She has also been nominated for Best Play (Tony Awards) for Radio Golf, Seven Guitars, Angels in America: Perestroika, and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Additionally, Lion received nominations for Best Revival of a Play (Tony Awards) for The Crucible, Best Special Theatrical Event (Tony Awards) for Elaine Stritch at Liberty, and Unique Theatrical Experience (The Lortels) for Mnemonic.

Margo Lion has won several awards throughout her career. Some of her notable wins include the Tony Award for Best Musical for "Hairspray," the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event for "Elaine Stritch at Liberty," the Lortel Award for Unique Theatrical Experience for "Mnemonic," the Tony Award for Best Play for "Angels in America: Perestroika," and the Tony Award for Best Play for "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches." These accolades highlight her exceptional contributions to the Broadway industry.

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