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Margo Lion

 
Birth Place:
Baltimore, MD, USA
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 

Birth Place: Baltimore, MD, USA

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Broadway, 2012]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2011]
Producer
 
[West End, 2007]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2007]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2006]
Producer
 
[New York, 2004]
Producer
 
[Toronto, 2004]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2004]
Producer
 
[US Tour, 2003]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Producer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2001]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1998]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1996]
Producer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1993]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1993]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1992]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1991]
Associate Producer
 
[Broadway, 1991]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1989]
Associate Producer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1987]
Producer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1987]
Producer
 
[Off-Broadway, 1982]
Producer

 

Stage

Productions

[Broadway, 2012]
Producer

[Broadway, 2011]
Producer

[West End, 2007]
Producer

[Broadway, 2007]
Producer

[Broadway, 2006]
Producer

[New York, 2004]
Producer

[Toronto, 2004]
Producer

[Broadway, 2004]
Producer

[US Tour, 2003]
Producer

[Broadway, 2002]
Producer

[Broadway, 2002]
Producer

[Broadway, 2002]
Producer

[Off-Broadway, 2001]
Producer

[Broadway, 1998]
Producer

[Broadway, 1997]
Producer

[Broadway, 1996]
Producer

[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Producer

[Broadway, 1993]
Producer

[Broadway, 1993]
Producer

[Broadway, 1992]
Producer

[Broadway, 1991]
Associate Producer

[Broadway, 1991]
Producer

[Broadway, 1989]
Associate Producer

[Off-Broadway, 1987]
Producer

[Off-Broadway, 1987]
Producer

[Off-Broadway, 1982]
Producer

Margo Lion Biography

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.

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 Gold Star
Margo Lion, Hairspray
 
Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Revival of a Play
Margo Lion, The Crucible
 
Tony Awards - 2002 - Best Special Theatrical Event Gold Star
Margo Lion, Elaine Stritch at Liberty
 
The Lortels - 2001 - Unique Theatrical Experience Gold Star
Margo Lion, Mnemonic
 
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Play
Margo Lion, Seven Guitars
 
Tony Awards - 1994 - Best Play Gold Star
Margo Lion, Angels in America: Perestroika
 
Tony Awards - 1993 - Best Play Gold Star
Margo Lion, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
 
Tony Awards - 1992 - Best Musical
Margo Lion, Jelly's Last Jam

Margo Lion News

People's Light Announces An Expansion of the Theatre's Artistic Team, Including Steve Photo People's Light Announces An Expansion of the Theatre's Artistic Team, Including Steve H. Broadnax III & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 19, 2022

Following their recent leadership transition in which Producing Artistic Director Zak Berkman succeeded former Executive Artistic Director Abigail Adams, People’s Light has announce an exciting expansion of their artistic team with four new appointments. Broadway-favorite Steve H. Broadnax III (Thoughts of a Colored Man) transitions from Resident Director to People’s Light Associate Artistic Director.

Photos: Playhouse Square Honors Legendary Lyricist Sir Tim Rice Photo Photos: Playhouse Square Honors Legendary Lyricist Sir Tim Rice
by A.A. Cristi - May 9, 2022

Playhouse Square Board of Trustees Chair Amy Brady honored noted lyricist Sir Tim Rice with the organization’s highest award, the Playhouse Square Star Award for Achievement in the Performing Arts, at its annual Chairman’s Dinner on May 4.

Work by David Rockwell, Bunny Christie & More to be Featured in The Museum of Broadwa Photo Work by David Rockwell, Bunny Christie & More to be Featured in The Museum of Broadway
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 3, 2022

Today, The Museum of Broadway announced a group of featured artists who have designed various rooms and exhibits within the Museum, as well as their team of expert curators. Tickets will go on sale on June 14th. 

2020 Tony Awards: Live Reactions from Inside the Winner's Circle! Photo 2020 Tony Awards: Live Reactions from Inside the Winner's Circle!
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 26, 2021

The Tony Awards are back and BroadwayWorld is bringing you the insider scoop from the virtual Winner's Room! 

LISTEN: Jenny Steingart Talks FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME & More on THE THEATRE PODCAST WI Photo LISTEN: Jenny Steingart Talks FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME & More on THE THEATRE PODCAST WITH ALAN SEALES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 23, 2021

Jenny Steingart is a powerhouse producer for theatre, film, and television. She has worked alongside some of the greatest names in the industry, including Tina Fey, Joel Grey, Sir Patrick Stewart, Josh Groban, and Lin Manuel Miranda

La Jolla Playhouse's Eric Keen-Louie Appointed to New Role of Executive Producer Photo La Jolla Playhouse's Eric Keen-Louie Appointed to New Role of Executive Producer
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 19, 2021

La Jolla Playhouse has announced that Eric Keen-Louie, who joined the Playhouse in 2018 as Producing Director, will take on the new role of Executive Producer at the Theatre. As lead producer, Keen-Louie will collaborate with Playhouse staff to oversee assembling creative teams, casting, production budgets, and artistic development.  

Jennifer Ashley Tepper's THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, VOLUME 4 to be Released in M Photo Jennifer Ashley Tepper's THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, VOLUME 4 to be Released in March
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 29, 2021

Dress Circle Publishing has announced the release of THE UNTOLD STORIES OF BROADWAY, VOLUME 4, the latest in a series by historian and producer Jennifer Ashley Tepper. The book will be available on Tuesday, March 9 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 2020-2021 Broadway shutdown.

Glenn Close, Jennifer Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson and 70+ Stars Will Take Part in IN OU Photo Glenn Close, Jennifer Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson and 70+ Stars Will Take Part in IN OUR AMERICA: A Concert for the Soul of the Nation
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 6, 2020

Broadway for Biden has just announced an all-star team for upcoming fundraiser In Our America: A Concert for the Soul of the Nation. The one-night only virtual event will bring Broadway together to celebrate hope and benefit the Biden Victory Fund.

VIDEO: Jai'Len Josey Sings 'Sign My Name' From THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES Photo VIDEO: Jai'Len Josey Sings 'Sign My Name' From THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 1, 2020

The music video for 'Sign My Name' from The Secret Life of Bees has been released! The musical, which premiered at Atlantic Theater Company in 2019 with a book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage, music by Tony and Grammy Award winner Duncan Sheik, lyrics by Drama Desk winner Susan Birkenhead, is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.

Broadway Theatres to Dim Lights in Memory of Tony Award Winning Producer Margo Lion Photo Broadway Theatres to Dim Lights in Memory of Tony Award Winning Producer Margo Lion
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 20, 2020

The Broadway community mourns the loss of multiple Tony Award¬ģ 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 Videos

STAGE TUBE: Jessica Chastain Talks THE HEIRESS on THE VIEW!
by Stage Tube - Nov 9, 2012

On yesterday's episode of 'The View' on ABC, Jessica Chastain stopped by and discussed the excitement surrounding her first Broadway play, The Heiress. Check out the full interview below!

VIDEO: Jessica Chastain, Dan Stevens Chat THE HEIRESS on GMA
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 8, 2012

On this morning's 'Good Morning America' on ABC, Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens discussed the excitement surrounding their first Broadway play, THE HEIRESS. Check out their appearance below!

BWW TV: Chatting with the Cast of THE HEIRESS on Opening Night - Jessica Chastain, Dan Stevens and More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 4, 2012

The new Broadway production of the Tony Award winning play The Heiress defied Hurricane Sandy and opened on Thursday night, November 1. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was there to chat with the whole team on the big night. Check out what they had to say by clicking below!

BWW TV: Sneak Peek of Jessica Chastain, Dan Stevens & More in THE HEIRESS; Full Performance Highlights!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 1, 2012

The new Broadway production of the Tony Award winning play The Heiress began previews on October 6th and will open tonight, November 1. BroadwayWorld brings you full performance highlights below!

BWW TV: Sneak Preview of THE HEIRESS - Jessica Chastain, Dan Stevens & More! Opens Tonight!
by Robert Diamond - Oct 31, 2012

The new Broadway production of the Tony Award winning play The Heiress began previews on October 6th and will open tomorrow night. We've got a first look at a video montage of scenes from the new production!

STAGE TUBE: New Promo Released for THE HEIRESS!
by Stage Tube - Oct 1, 2012

The producers of the Broadway production of the Academy and Tony Award winning play The Heiress announced yesterday that the box office at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 W. 48th St. NYC) is now open and preview performances will begin one day earlier on Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m. Check out a just-released television spot for the show below!

BWW TV EXCLUSIVE: Broadway Belts and Raises $50,000 for PFF! Joel Grey, Adam Pascal, Julie Halston & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 28, 2012

With honors ranging from the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame to the Tony Awards, Broadway's best performers gathered last night, February 27, to raise awareness of the rare disease, pulmonary fibrosis, and honor the memory of Associated Press theater critic, Michael Kuchwara (today would have been Kuchwara's 65th Birthday). Hosted by award-winning actress and devoted Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) advocate Julie Halston, Broadway Belts for PFF! returned to Birdland in New York City for a second successful year. The event raised almost $50,000 to benefit the Foundation.

STAGE TUBE: Menzel Brings 'Gravity' & 'Love' to the White House
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 22, 2010

A BROADWAY CELEBRATION: IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE was broadcast nationwide this week on PBS. The sixty-minute television special was emceed by Nathan Lane and includedIdina Menzel, Brian d'Arcy James, Audra McDonald, Chad Kimball, Elaine Stritch, Marvin Hamlisch, Karen Olivo, Tonya Pinkins, Assata Alston and a youth ensemble from the Joy of Motion Dance Center and Duke Ellington School of the Arts, with Danielle Arci and Constantine Rousouli.

STAGE TUBE: 'A Broadway Celebration at the White House' Airs Tonight on PBS, 10/20
by BroadwayWorld TV - Oct 20, 2010

As BroadwayWorld has previously reported, A BROADWAY CELEBRATION: IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE will premiere tonight, October 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS stations nationwide, followed by an encore presentation at 10:00 p.m. The sixty-minute television special is emceed by Nathan Lane and includes Idina Menzel, Brian d'Arcy James, Audra McDonald, Chad Kimball, Elaine Stritch, Marvin Hamlisch, Karen Olivo, Tonya Pinkins, Assata Alston and a youth ensemble from the Joy of Motion Dance Center and Duke Ellington School of the Arts, with Danielle Arci and Constantine Rousouli.

STAGE TUBE: President Obama Talks Broadway
by Robert Diamond - Jul 20, 2010

Here are the remarks by the President at White House Music Series Event Saluting Broadway from last night, Monday, July 19th, 2010. Scroll down for the video.


Margo Lion Frequently Asked Questions

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

What awards has Margo Lion won?
Best Musical (Tony Awards) for Hairspray, Best Special Theatrical Event (Tony Awards) for Elaine Stritch at Liberty, Unique Theatrical Experience (The Lortels) for Mnemonic Best Play (Tony Awards) for Angels in America: Perestroikaand Best Play (Tony Awards) for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.