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Rich Affannato (Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of The STAGE Network) is responsible for developing new and existing Network content, implementing and maintaining its creative vision and direction, as well as managing and overseeing of production and operating budgets, executives, and STAGE staff. He also manages content acquisition, subscription oversight, licensing, sponsorships, investments, and corporate alliances.

Affannato has previously served in a similar capacity managing, developing, and overseeing commercial Broadway, Off-Broadway, Film, and Television productions, as well as International concert event management. He manages and operates Affannato Productions, LLC, a full service Production Company in New York City. Rich is a Tony(r) and Drama Desk Award-nominated producer, whose producing credits include the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit on Broadway starring Chita Rivera, Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway (9 Tony nominations including Best Play, winning 5) and the First National Tour, ANN on Broadway (written by and starring Holland Taylor) at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre, and the critically acclaimed New York production of SILENCE! The Musical (Winner-Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Musical, Lucille Lortel nomination for Best Musical, Time Magazine's Top 10).

Rich's perspectives on broadcast media and theatre have been featured in Bloomberg Business Week, NAB, Digital News Daily, Broadcasting & Cable, Digital Hollywood, and Variety.

Rich Affannato STAGE CREDITS

[New York]
Reading, 2006
Performer

[US Tour]
2nd National Tour, 2003
Carmen Ghia

[Off-Off-Broadway]
World Premiere, 2003
Performer

[US Tour]
2nd National Tour, 1988
Marius [Replacement]

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1987
Marius [Replacement]

Rich Affannato Productions

 
[Broadway, 2015]
Producer
 
[US Tour, 2013]
Producer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2013]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2013]
Producer
 
[Off-Broadway, 2011]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2012]
Producer
Producer

Rich Affannato Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2015 - Best Musical

Rich Affannato, The Visit

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Meet the Cast of A STRANGE LOOP on Broadway

A Strange Loop, Michael R. Jackson's Pulitzer-Prize winning musical, begins previews tonight, April 14, 2022 Opening night is set for Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre (149 W 45th St). Meet the cast here!

BWW Interview: Artie Olaisen - Cabaret Connoisseur Keeping The Craft In The Light

Every year Artie Olaisen produces the Cabaret Gala for The Dallas Children's Theater, bringing some of the industry's brightest lights to a town that, one time, boasted a scene but that, now, could use some TLC and attention to revitalize the club and concert industry.

Christy Altomare, Mandy Gonzalez, Chita Rivera and More to be Featured in STAGE's STUDIO SESSIONS

Theatre streaming service STAGE continues to unlock popular titles from its catalog during the COVID-19 pandemic and make them available free of charge as part of its 'Free Streams on STAGE' initiative. Following last weekend's offering of SMASH'd, STAGE has teamed with creator Michael Croiter for a special release of Studio Sessions.

BWW Feature: WHY CABARET?

Broadway World's Stephen Mosher answers the question put to him by a friend: 'Why do you even like cabaret?'

Obituary: Producer Rich Affannato Dies

BroadwayWorld is sad to report that producer Rich Affannato died on January 11, 2019. According to his husband, Hamilton's Gregory Treco - 'The world lost a great light on Saturday the 11th at 7:21pm. My brave, talented, creative, giving husband of 16 years, left this earth surrounded by his closest friends and family. The pain is unbearable and I am just trying to pick up the pieces at this time.'

VIDEO: Corey Cott, Mandy Gonzalez, and More Sing the Music Of Stephen Schwartz On New Episode Of STAGE Network's STUDIO SESSIONS

STAGE, a new streaming service for premium content devoted to the entire world of theatre, announces the addition of Session Two: Stephen Schwartz of the award-winning original series STUDIO SESSIONS to its diverse line up of programming.

STUDIO SESSIONS Wins Gold World Medal Award for John Kander Episode

Stage Network's original series Studio Sessions has won the Gold World Medal Award for its pilot episode Session One: John Kander at the 2019 New York Festivals® International TV & Film Awards in the digital entertainment short-form category.

STAGE, The First Streaming Network Devoted To The Entire World Of Theatre, Celebrates Its Opening Night

STAGE, the first streaming network for premium content devoted to the entire world of theatre, is celebrating “Opening Night,” officially launching its premium subscription-based based offering premium content.  The network can be viewed online (www.watchstage.com), or by downloading the app to view on AppleTV, iOS, Android and ROKU.

BWW Exclusive: Watch a Preview of Mandy Gonzalez Singing For New Streaming Service STAGE

First there was Grease: You're the One That I Want! On NBC in 2007. Then on MTV came Legally Blonde: The Search for the Next Elle Woods on Broadway in 2008. Soon, theater fans will be excited to watch the next Broadway-themed reality show.

Carrie Manolakos, Justin Matthew Sargent and More Set for BROADWAY ROX in Havana This Weekend

Robert Nederlander, Jr. and Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment have announced that their production of BROADWAY ROX will open the Havana International Theatre Festival in Cuba. The production will perform this weekend, October 23, 24, and 25 at the Teatro Mella.

Carrie Manolakos, Justin Matthew Sargent and More Set for BROADWAY ROX in Havana This Month

Robert Nederlander, Jr. and Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment have announced that their production of BROADWAY ROX will open the Havana International Theatre Festival in Cuba. The production will perform on October 23, 24, and 25 at the Teatro Mella.

BWW Flashback: Final Kander & Ebb Musical THE VISIT Concludes Broadway Run Today

The original Broadway version of Kander and Ebb's Tony-nominated musical THE VISIT closes today, June 14, 2015. The Visit began performances at the Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) on Thursday, March 26 and officially opened on Thursday, April 23. Below, take a look back at the show's journey to Broadway!

Breaking News: Kander & Ebb's THE VISIT, Starring Chita Rivera, to End Broadway Run This Week

Producers announced today that The Visit starring Chita Rivera will play its final performance on Sunday, June 14th(3 PM).  Previews began on March 26th and opening night was April 23, 2015.  The Visit is at the Lyceum Theatre   (149 West 45th Street).

VIDEO: THE VISIT's Chita Rivera Teaches Jimmy Fallon Bob Fosse Moves on TONIGHT

On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, Chita Rivera revealed she wants to guest star on The Walking Dead and chats about her Tony-nominated role in Broadway's The Visit.

DVR Alert: THE VISIT's Chita Rivera Guests on NBC's 'Tonight Show'

NBC has announced that Tony nominated actress Chita Rivera will be a guest on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON tonight, June 4th.

UPDATE: Roger Rees on Medical Leave from THE VISIT; Producers Release Statement

As previously reported, The Visit's Roger Rees has taken a leave from his role in the new Broadway musical The Visit, with Tom Nelis stepping in for the time being. Today, producers have released a statement on Rees' departure, confirming it's due to medical reasons.

DVR Alert: THE VISIT's Chita Rivera to Guest on NBC's 'Tonight Show'

NBC has announced that Tony nominated actress Chita Rivera will be a guest on THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON on Thursday, June 4th.

Photo Flash: Betty Buckley Poses Backstage with Chita Rivera at THE VISIT

Musical theatre star Betty Buckley recently spent time backstage at THE VISIT with Chita Rivera. In an Instagram post, Buckley wrote, 'Backstage at 'The Visit'with the incredible Broadway Star, Ms. Chita Rivera! My eyes are red from crying at the beauty of this special piece of Art & theater, centered around the extraordinary performance by beloved Chita! Amazing! She touched my heart & soul so deeply! You gotta see this!' Check out the pic below!

Roger Rees on Leave From THE VISIT; Tom Nelis Steps In

BroadwayWorld has learned that Roger Rees is currently on leave from The Visit, and in his place, Tom Nelis is temporarily stepping in as Anton Schell. No word yet on the duration of the hiatus. Of note, the star has also been swapped out for Nelis on the show's official web site. According to audience member reports, Nelis is giving a stellar performance in the role opposite the legendary Chita Rivera. Keep checking BroadwayWorld as we learn more!

VIDEO: THE VISIT's Chita Rivera & John Kander on Why They Don't Like The Tonys

Broadway legends and Tony nominees Chita Rivera and John Kander talked to USA Today and explained how their work is their real reward.

Rich Affannato FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Rich Affannato has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Rich Affannato has not appeared in the West End.

Rich Affannato has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Best Musical at the Tony Awards for his work on The Visit. Additionally, he received nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical at the Helen Hayes Awards for his performances in Floyd Collins.

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