Broadway producer Jerry Frankel passed away Saturday morning.
Frankel, the recipient of nine Tony Awards, produced more than 50 Broadway productions since he began his career in 1997, including “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” “Spring Awakening,” “August: Osage County,” the 2010 revival of “La Cage aux Folles” and the 2009 revival of “Hair.”
He worked with producing partner Jeffrey Richards over his 20-year career in the industry.
“To put it simply, Jerry was a class act and all of you who encountered him during his years in our business had to appreciate his forthrightness, great sense of humor, and passion for the theatre. He will be greatly missed,” Richards said.
Frankel’s other credits include “All the Way,” “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Death of a Salesman.”
In addition to his work as a producer, Frankel was a dress manufacturer, film producer, internet entrepreneur and thoroughbred owner and breeder.
He is survived by his partner Mary Casey and his children: Elizabeth Bailenson, her husband Robert and their children Gabrielle and Lily; Jessica Genick, her husband Lee and their children Jacob and Chloe; his son Gordon and Gordon’s children Ruby and Zoey; and his brother, Ronald Frankel.