Pioneer Theatre Company’s incoming managing director,Â CHRIS MASSIMINEÂ joins PTC effective July 1, but he arrives after bringing in major awards and citations from four prestigious awards organizations:Â Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ Circle, Off Broadway AllianceÂ andÂ Drama Critics’ Circle.
MassimineÂ comes to Pioneer Theatre Company after his role as CEO ofÂ National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene in New York City.Â Awards for 2019 were announced in May and June. NYTF’s inventive production ofÂ Fiddler on the RoofÂ was honored as Best Musical Revival by three different organizations:Â Drama Desk, Outer Critics’ CircleÂ andÂ Off Broadway Alliance.Â It also received a special citation from the New YorkÂ Drama Critics’ Circle. The production earned accolades for being an authentic, rich production performed entirely in the Yiddish language.
Massimine is alsoÂ theÂ Executive Producer of theÂ Fiddler on the RoofÂ 2018Â revivalÂ cast album, distributed by Time Life/Warner Brothers, produced for records by Robert Sher, and co-executive produced by David Garfinkle. The album, which is the firstÂ FiddlerÂ recording to include the entire musicalÂ score, has just been announced on Amazon music and available for pre-order.Â This cast album includes songsÂ from the Broadway out-of-town tryout from 1964,Â featuring star vocalists from Hollywood, Broadway and Television, including Joel Grey, Richard Kind, Hal Linden, Austin Pendleton, Tom Wopat, Donna McKechnie, Joanna Merlin and Sheldon Harnick.
“We were thrilled with the success ofÂ FiddlerÂ – we took something well-known and loved, and reinvigorated it with an authenticity and energy that deeply resonated with audiences,” saidÂ MassimineÂ of the honors. “This kind of creativity and risk-taking fosters the kind of theatrical experiences that I look forward to helping PTC create for Salt Lake City audiences.”
After a ten-month long national search, Managing Director Chris Massimine joins Artistic Director KAREN AZENBERG in leading Pioneer Theatre Company. Massimine replaces the retiring Managing Director CHRIS LINO, who leaves June 30th after 28 years.